What is the BPA?
The British Psychoanalytic Association is a Component Society of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), a worldwide body that safeguards professional and ethical practice. The BPA became a member in 2006 and commenced its training in 2009. We are one of two IPA Societies in the UK, and as such represent an exciting development for psychoanalysis in this country. The BPA not only provides a training in psychoanalysis but also provides scientific and clinical events as well as treatment opportunities through its Low Fee Service. The BPA is also a constituent part of the British Psychotherapy Foundation (bpf), a longstanding training body in the field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Psychoanalysis is a psychological therapy based on the observation that individuals are often unaware of many of the factors that determine their emotions and behaviour. It involves exploring how these unconscious factors affect patterns of behaviour and past and current relationships. Through these explorations people are helped to understand better their internal worlds and to lead richer and more fulfilling lives.

Training to become a psychoanalyst is both challenging and rewarding. It can take four to five years and involves a personal training analysis, theoretical and clinical seminars, and the psychoanalytic treatment of two patients, four to five times a week, under supervision.

The BPA is looking for applicants from various backgrounds who are interested in undertaking a training in psychoanalysis and in contributing to the development of one of the two IPA Societies in the UK. The BPA is currently receiving applications for the training to commence in September 2018. Anyone interested should contact Lesley Bell, the Chair of Selection, on 07757 636849 or Joyce Samuel-Ouadjo, the Training Co-ordinator, on +44 (0)20 8452 9823 or by email at

The Complete BPA Board

  • Philip Roys - President
  • Noel Hess - Vice President
  • Astra Temko - Honorary Secretary
  • Sara Collins - Chair of Training Committee
  • Joscelyn Richards - Chair Training Analyst Committee
  • David Simpson - Chair Full Members Committee and Advanced Training Scheme
  • Debbie Bellman - Chair Scientific Committee
  • Helen Alfille - Chair of Ethics
  • Lesley Bell - Honorary Treasurer
  • Jan Harvie-Clarke- Chair Outreach
  • The BPA Board meets on the 3rd Monday of every month

Committee Members

Training Committee

  • Sara Collins (Chair)
  • Joanna Rosenthall (Honorary Secretary)
  • Helen Alfille
  • Lesley Bell
  • Debbie Bellman
  • Ruth Berkowitz
  • Michael Halton
  • Noel Hess
  • Loraine McSherry
  • Karen Nash
  • Julia Sandelson
  • Shirley Spitz
  • Lesley Steyn
  • Sally Rose
  • The Training Committee meets on the 4th Thursday of the month

Training Analyst Committee

  • Joscelyn Richards (Chair)
  • Susan Wax (Honorary Secretary)
  • Helen Alfille
  • Jean Arundale
  • Debbie Bandler Bellman
  • Sara Collins
  • Maxim de Sauma
  • Laura Etchegoyen
  • Irene Freeden
  • Jan Harvie-Clark
  • Claudia Kramer
  • David Morgan
  • Viqui Rosenberg
  • Julia Sandelson
  • David Simpson
  • Ricardo Steiner
  • Mary Twyman
  • The Training Analyst Committee meets on the 2nd Monday of the month.

The Full Members Committee and the Advanced Training Scheme

  • David Simpson (Chair)
  • Jean Arundale
  • Maxim de Sauma
  • Claudia Kramer
  • Lesley Steyn
  • The amalgamated committees meet on the 1st Monday of the month.

Scientific Committee

  • Debbie Bellman (Chair)
  • Christine Daniel
  • Catherine McKisack
  • Karen Nash
  • Astra Temko

Outreach/Summer School Committee

  • Jan Harvie-Clark (Chair)
  • Gill Baker
  • Harriet Calvert
  • Christine Daniel
  • Ora Dresner
  • Kate Gauci
  • Ju Tomas-Merrills
  • Joan Thompson

Clinical Services

  • Claudia Kramer (Organiser)

Low Fee Service

  • Sally Rose


  • Jean Arundale - Lead


  • Joan Thompson
  • Joanna Rosenthall

New Members Link

  • Shawn Tower

Ethics and Professional Standards

  • Helen Alfille (Chair)
  • Christine Daniel
  • Sally Rose
  • Mary Twyman

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