Guidelines on the Experience of Personal Psychotherapy/Psychoanalysis
To achieve accreditation, the applicant will need to demonstrate substantial personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis with an accredited practitioner. Although it can be interpreted flexibly, this will normally have been for a minimum of 4 years in total, of which a minimum of two years (continuous) must have been twice (or more) a week. We would also expect a substantial overlap with the psychoanalytic clinical work for which the applicant wishes to be accredited.
The applicant’s therapist(s) will normally have been an accredited psychoanalytic psychotherapist/psychoanalyst from the CPJA (UKCP) or BPC (or equivalent) and themselves have had at least five years post-qualification experience. This is a requirement in relation to the period of twice (or more) weekly psychotherapy.
In working towards full UKCP accreditation, IPSS may offer recommendations to support relevant applicants in meeting the above personal therapy requirements at their own cost as considered individually appropriate.