Analytical Psychology is the practice of Jungian psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.
The Society of Analytical Psychology – the SAP – is a psychoanalytical organisation of Jungian analysts and psychotherapists, created to benefit the community.
We promote the provision and practice of analytical psychology, provide professional training and other courses, and develop and share professional knowledge. As part of our mission, the SAP has a Clinic and consultation service that provides access to advice and treatment.
The SAP is a founder member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) which sets professional standards and regulates practice. Our members are registered either with the BPC or the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). All are also members of the International Association of Analytical Psychology (IAAP).
To develop the analytic concepts of Dr Carl Jung and promote critical analytic practice and ideas, the SAP founded the Journal of Analytical Psychology . The SAP also organises professional conferences, worshops, seminars and public events.
The Society of Analytical Psychology is a world renowned provider of high quality professional training in Jungian analysis and psychotherapy. Courses are facilitated by some of the leading thinkers in the psychoanalytic world. We have two professional training courses: adult analysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
The psychotherapy course is taught over three years, plus includes supervised clinical work and personal analysis. Once qualified, a trainee can become a member of the SAP, can register with the British Psychoanalytic Council, and can treat patients for up to two sessions per week. The Jungian analysis course lasts for four years and allows practitioners to treat patients more intensely, up to four times a week.
Courses and Events
The SAP runs a wide range of courses and events. These explore Jungian ideas and how they affect clinical practice, creative thinking, the arts and literature. Our introductory courses provide an excellent introduction to Jung and Jungian ideas. We also put on talks, clinical seminars and experiential learning courses.
The SAP Clinic
You can find out about how to access psychological help here. To explore working with one of our members, go to Find an Analyst or Therapist.
We are a leading professional body in the UK for Jungian analysts and psychotherapists. We provide opportunities for members to progress in their expertise by becoming Training Analysts or Supervising Analysts. Many of our members contribute to our growing body of knowledge (through practice, research, teaching and publication). They hold positions within the NHS, in private practice and in other clinical and academic settings. Our members are engaged in teaching widely within the UK and internationally.
Michael Fordham was one of the founder members of the Society. He was a director of both the adult and child trainings and was 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 and publications. Find out more here.