Psychoanalytical Training

The Site offers a psychoanalytic training which reflects the
philosophy of the organisation and is for a minimum of four years. It offers critical readings of psychoanalysis and its links to European philosophy and feminist theory.

It aims at engaging with the historical, political, theoretical and
clinical developments of psychoanalysis and seeks to acknowledge the socio-cultural specificity of the individual’s experience.

The Cornwall training is now independent of The Site and all enquiries and applications should go to Sally Sales or see the website

The Site is not currently taking further applications for the 2021-22 training starting in October. Places are likely to become available in the New Year – please contact the Administrator at for further details.

Please note that training at The Site is currently taking place
online, due to the Covid19 crisis. Whenever possible we will resume
face to face training, but the timing is uncertain at this stage.
Selection interviews will also be online.

It is the responsibility of the trainee to check with The Site about any Risk Assessments (RAs) provided by The Site and/or any venues used by The Site. 

The Site plays a role in responding to complaints – please see here for more information.

This does not affect your statutory rights.

Application to train at The Site 

Applicants are expected to have been in personal twice-weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy for at least one year prior to application (see Trainee Handbook, “Personal therapy”, for details). Whilst The Site is eager to avoid the disruption of anyone’s therapy, the psychotherapist has to be approved by the Training Committee. Consequently, any prospective applicant to the Site is advised to consult The Site prior to starting with a new psychotherapist.

Applicants are expected to have had relevant work experience in related fields, such that they have been exploring their desire and capacity to work with those who suffer.  Experience deemed relevant includes (but is not limited to) volunteering or placements in organisations such as Mind, the Listening Place, or Samaritans.

The training is at graduate level and, although formal academic qualifications are not essential, applicants should have had some formal learning experience (to graduate level or equivalent), have undertaken some formal or informal study of psychoanalytic and philosophical texts and ideas, and must be able to demonstrate the capacity for studying at the level required, to be willing to read widely and to produce written work. Applicants must also demonstrate a capacity for self-reflection and to articulate their insight.

On receipt of the completed application form and payment of the application fee two interviews are arranged with members of the Training Committee, references are taken up and a decision on the applicant’s suitability is made by the Training Committee. In some circumstances a third interview may be necessary. Applicants can join the training group in October and January.

It is not the policy of the Training Committee to give feedback on the outcome of interviews.

Initial enquiries relating to training should be addressed to the Site Administrator.

Read the trainee handbook – December 2021

Download the application form