The Society of Analytical Psychology (SAP) is a professional body for Jungian analysts and psychotherapists. It has four main activities:
- training new analysts and psychotherapists
- registering and supporting members
- providing a low-fee clinic
- running events and conferences, both for professional clinicians and the public.
Members offer psychotherapy and analysis to people who are in distress or have emotional problems, as well as to those who feel a lack of fulfilment or seek an exploration of meaning in their lives.
The SAP is one of the founder members of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and our members are registered either with the BPC or the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), through the Confederation of Analytical Psychologists. All are also members of the International Association of Analytical Psychology (IAAP).
The founders of the Society of Analytical Psychology first met in 1936 under the auspices of ‘The Analytical Psychology Club’ but because of the Second World War the constitution for the SAP was not finalised until 1946. C.G. Jung was the first President of the Society.
The Society was set up to explore and develop Jung’s ideas and to make them better known. Trainings in both adult analysis and child analysis were set up, and members were required to have a personal analysis themselves. The SAP also founded the Journal of Analytical Psychology. It has become the foremost training institute in Jungian analysis and psychotherapy, integrating Jungian and post-Jungian developments with those of psychoanalysis. The SAP has always had a strong clinical and developmental focus, with a concern to apply scientific insights to clinical practice.
C.G. Jung Clinic
The other main aim of the Society was to offer therapy and analysis to people who are in distress or have emotional problems, and to help people develop their individuality. To further this aim the C.G. Jung Clinic was set up to make analysis available to all those who might benefit from it.
Michael Fordham was one of the founder members of the Society and was pivotal in its instigation and development. He was director of both the adult and child trainings at various times and was also one of the editors of Jung’s Collected Works. Michael Fordham was also the inspiration behind the Journal of Analytical Psychology and was its first editor, a position he held for fifteen years from 1955. Learn more about Michael Fordham.
The Society has had many other distinguished members who have made significant contributions, either in their work or in papers or publications.