Careers and Opportunities

Completing your training at the Institute of Psychoanalysis leads to membership of the British Psychoanalytic Society. When you have qualified as a psychoanalyst with us, you may choose to embark upon a career in full-time psychoanalytic practice, or you may go on to use your training in another context, for example: academia, teaching, part-time analytic practice, NHS psychotherapy, research, organisational consultation, writing, economics, media, or law. Far from being a narrow route to a single career, our training can influence your professional life in a variety of ways.

Many analysts work privately, establishing their own practices, but a substantial number also treat patients under the NHS. The NHS does not refer many patients to extended psychoanalytic treatment, but analysts often work with patients on a less intensive, psychotherapeutic basis. Some analysts choose to work in the field of forensic psychiatry and psychology.

However you choose to develop your professional career, our psychoanalytic training is a deeply enriching, fascinating and revelatory experience, and what you will take away will be of enormous value to you, both professionally and personally.


Want to hear from a selection of trainees on what they hoped to get out of the training? Watch this video.


And here you can listen to them talk about whether it was a change from what they were doing previously - and how they've found the progression so far.