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Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

This course is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapy qualification in once weekly psychotherapy. It leads to registration with BPC and is also BACP accredited. The four-year course combines theoretical seminars and clinical experience. All students are provided with a clinical placement within WPF Therapy clinical services. Clinical supervision of this work is provided on site.  The Programme is reviewed each year.  WPF Therapy uses multi-channel delivery and it may be that some sessions will be delivered remotely.

This professional training is BACP accredited and leads to registration with the BPC and UKCP. This qualification is a four-year, part-time training which combines theoretical seminars, experiential groups and clinical experience. All trainees on this programme are provided with a clinical placement within WPF Therapy’s clinical services. Clinical supervision of this work is provided on site and forms part of the training programme. The fees include supervision.  Fees do not include the cost of personal therapy, which is the trainee’s responsibility.

Training programme Admissions criteria Admissions process Personal therapy Programme aims Programme structure Course description Code of ethics Open events Further information


1.   Training programme Includes a clinical placement in WPF Therapy’s Clinical Services and integral supervision of clinical work; Leads to registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) CPJA Section as a psychodynamic psychotherapist. Fulfils the training requirements for individual accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)*; Successful completion of the Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy also provides a foundation for psychoanalytic psychotherapy training.

(*Please note that entrants who are Accredited for Prior or Experiential Learning (APEL) onto the third year of the course will only be completing 50% of the accredited four-year course and so cannot be said to be doing a BACP accredited training. This does not apply to those entering the second year and completing 75% of the course.)

2.   Admissions criteria At the time of making an application, application applicants must: Demonstrate self-awareness and maturity. The course is emotionally and academically challenging.  Trainees will be expected to examine themselves and their behaviour on the course and be able to explore psychodynamic issues. Already have experience of using counselling skills with individuals in a face-to-face context. This could be experience gained in a professional or formal counselling capacity or in a voluntary capacity in a helping context such as a regular befriending role. Have successfully completed or be about to complete a basic course in counselling skills of not less than one year’s duration and which is equivalent to the WPF Therapy Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills. Be personally suitable to train as therapists and to work with clients at WPF Therapy including demonstrating effective use of counselling skills. Provide evidence of the academic potential to complete the theoretical elements of the course, including written assignments. Normally, applicants should have a degree or equivalent.  Applicants who do not have a degree may be asked to submit a piece of written work for assessment. Evidence of competency in English (see below) if English is not your first language. Be able to show appropriate evidence of prior learning and experience for entry into year two or three of the training. Admission requirements for Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) applicants

(please note on your application that you wish to be considered for APEL entry):

Applications who wish to be considered for entry into a later year of training:

Should work in a counselling centre or equivalent providing psychodynamic counselling. Have a two-year Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, or an equivalent psychodynamic qualification. Be currently in approved therapy and have been in this therapy for a minimum of two years. Have equivalency of client hours compared to end of year one or year two of the Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (20, or 120 hours of psychodynamic counselling/therapy respectively) and are able to demonstrate the qualities of a reflective practitioner. Must be able to supply a reference from their course tutor and/or their work place. Have proven academic ability to comparable level of the end of the second year at WPF Therapy. We will require a piece of recent written work from the applicant. This is normally a clinical essay including an account of clinical work combined with theoretical understanding.

Please see our APEL policy for further information

Written and Spoken English

Please note all applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English.  These are the qualifications in English regarded by WPF Therapy as an acceptable minimum level of competence:

British Council IELTS at 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band (see GCSE grade C Cambridge Proficiency Certificate grade C Cambridge Advanced Certificate grade C (with no less than ‘weak’ in any band)


3.   Admissions process

The admissions process consists of:

Full Application form, including a personal statement. A current CV Group interview Individual interview References

We expect that it will take up to six weeks, from the date of your group interview to a decision being made about an offer to you of a place on the course

The group interviews are normally held on Thursdays, dates and times will be available on the WPF website as they become available. There will be up to five other applicants in each group interview.

Interviews for this course take place throughout the year and there is an intake each October.

Group interview

The group interview will provide:

An opportunity to discuss your present experience in a helping or counselling role and your psychodynamic understanding of that experience; An opportunity to demonstrate your capacity to use counselling skills with empathy and sensitivity; A taste of group supervision. An opportunity for you to learn more about the course and to ask any questions you have about training at WPF Therapy.

Dates for the group interviews for the 2020 will be provided below as they become are available.

Individual interview The individual interview takes place in the consulting room of an experienced clinician associated with WPF with whom the interview is arranged for a mutually convenient time. The cost of this interview is £75 is payable directly to the interviewer and arrangements for this payment are agreed with the interviewer when the interview is arranged. This is a personal interview about your self-awareness. We are also looking for a flexible and empathic approach to a diverse range of people and will be assessing your suitability to work with clients from the WPF Therapy clinic.


Reports are received from each stage of the process and will be reviewed by the selection committee.

Trainees are expected to disclose any personal circumstances that may impact on their capacity to complete the training and/or clinical work with WPF Therapy clients. If any such issues arise whilst on the course trainees are expected to discuss them with their tutor. 4.   Personal therapy

Applicants must have had at least six months of therapy, ideally psychodynamic or psychoanalytic psychotherapy, before applying for the training. Applicants do not have to be in therapy at the time of application but, if offered a place on the course, will be required to have started a minimum of once-weekly therapy with a WPF-approved training therapist by the course start date.

WPF Therapy Guidelines for Therapy and a list of WPF Therapy training therapists is available from the training department.

Therapy Advisors

WPF Therapy allocates a therapy advisor to each trainee. A therapy advisor is an experienced training therapist who functions as a special consultant to trainees in order to refer them to a suitable therapist. If you are not established in a suitable therapy at the time of application, it is strongly recommended to consult with their therapy advisor to seek help with this very important step. The therapy advisor will charge a fee of £45 for this consultation. A therapy advisor will be available to you throughout the duration of your training.


5.   Programme 5.1. To enable trainees to develop a critical understanding of psychodynamic theory within contemporary society. 5.2. To equip trainees with the skills and techniques of the psychodynamic model to work clinically with a range of clients. 5.3. To inform trainees of the limits and context of the psychodynamic approach so that they can critically assess the psychodynamic model that is taught as the core theoretical model of the programme. 5.4. To enable trainees to develop a professional identity as a psychodynamic psychotherapist and to work independently as reflective practitioners. 5.5. To enable trainees to engage in the theoretical debates within the subject area and to contribute to its knowledge base. 5.6. To equip trainees with research awareness and the capacity to evaluate and critique research in the field.

This qualification provides a foundation for psychoanalytic psychotherapy training and for further training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

WPF Therapy organises the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy course flexibly to allow for recognition of previous learning experience and the individual learning needs of trainees.

The course structure enables trainees to proceed to qualification in four years. Applicants with a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from the former WPF Therapy Network or with equivalent and certificated previous learning experience may be admitted into years two or three of either of the four-year training routes.

* Please note that entrants who are APELed onto the third year of the course will only be completing 50% of the accredited four-year course and so cannot be said to be doing a BACP accredited training. This does not apply to those entering the second year and completing 75% of the course.

Interviews for this course take place throughout the year and there is an intake each October.

Disclosure and Barring Service Checks (DBS)
Completion of a form listing any unspent criminal convictions forms part of the application procedure for this course. This information will not necessarily prejudice your application. A DBS Check is required for all those who will be seeing WPF Therapy clients. This is to be completed as soon as the offer of a place has been accepted.

6.   Programme structure

WPF Therapy reviews the structure of the programme every year.  Therefore, applicants may expect some changes to the programme during their time at WPF Therapy.  WPF Therapy will seek to minimise changes as much as possible so that applicants can prepare for the four years of training.  The course is currently delivered through a combination of seminars, experiential groups and clinical supervision. Trainees are expected to access WPF Therapy online resources and all materials are distributed via a virtual learning environment.  In addition to the training sessions set out above, trainees will undertake clinical work with clients at WPF Therapy’s clinic at London Bridge. Trainees will have the opportunity to see clients during the day, in the evenings or on Saturdays. On Mode A, clients can sometimes be seen in the morning before the timetable starts or in the evening after it ends. Trainees on both Modes may need to see their clients on days other than those when they attend the scheduled course.

The qualification leads to registration with the graduate body of WPF Therapy, the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC).  In order to register with BPC and UKCP graduates are required to be professional members of FPC.    Trainee membership of FPC is free during the training period and trainees are encouraged to make use of their membership.

The components of the course are provided through two alternative routes to qualification.

Modular daytime route

The Modular Route, Mode M, caters for people who want to fit their training in with other commitments, without attending in the evenings. This training programme runs over four years on one day a week. The first two years take place on Tuesdays from 9.15am – 5.45pm, and years three and four take place on Mondays.

Afternoon route

The afternoon Route, Mode A, runs from 1.00pm – 7.00pm one day a week for four years. Years one and two take place on a Thursday and years three and four take place on a Friday.

7.   Course description

There are 30 teaching weeks in a year. Client casework takes place over 44 weeks and supervision continues throughout the year. The course is composed of modules taught at Level 7. Clinical work and supervision are included in the course structure and trainees are required to attend experiential groups.

The course has a pluralist ethos within the psychodynamic and psychoanalytic traditions. Trainees study a wide range of theory, from the seminal contributions of Freud, Jung, Klein, Winnicott and Bion to contemporary views of theory and technique.

Trainees are encouraged to engage critically with the required reading. Some study of cognitive behavioural, family therapy, and groupwork theoretical approaches are undertaken in order to help trainees understand something of the range of psychological treatments which may be suitable for clients.

Course content Level 7 modules; Professional modules; Experiential Groups:  All trainees attend experiential groups for at least one year of their training; Tutorials: WPF Therapy allocates a personal tutor to each trainee. Client casework and supervision (continues throughout) Some Saturday workshops are compulsory for trainees on all Modes.   Assessment

This is continuous and intended to provide helpful and constructive feedback. Satisfactory completion of, and attendance at, all compulsory modules is required. At the end of each year a staff committee considers the progress of each trainee and makes a recommendation based on a self-assessment, supervisor’s report, seminar reports and the written assignments.

Written Work

Written work is required in each of the level 7 modules, usually an essay of 2,000 words. Essays or student presentations may also be required. Trainees are also required to complete two clinical essays, the first submitted in year two of the course, the second in the final year of the course. These are of 3,000 and 3,500 words respectively. It is expected that trainees are competent in working with online resources and have the capacity to engage in a small research project.

Clinical Placement

One of the unique aspects of training at WPF Therapy is that trainees see clients in the WPF Therapy clinic.  This provides them with an opportunity to work in an active clinic, including with safeguarding and risk assessment.  Trainees are expected to work with the WPF Therapy online client record management system.

WPF Therapy places emphasis on the clinical aspects of our professional courses and the psychodynamic psychotherapy training will provide extensive experience of face-to-face practice in the WPF Therapy clinical service. This is central to our training and usually involves working with both male and female clients of different ages and from a diversity of backgrounds. Trainees may also be able to gain experience in particular specialities such short-term work. The clinical experience as a whole provides an invaluable opportunity for trainees to develop their skills while under the supervision of experienced practitioners, and so equips graduates for a broad-based professional practice once training is completed.

WPF Therapy trainees require a minimum of 320 client contact hours in order to qualify. On qualification trainees may have the opportunity of transferring their clients to their private practice.  This is subject to the suitability of the client for working in private practice.  There is a transfer out fee payable to WPF Therapy.

Please note that it is not appropriate for trainees to take other trainees on the course as clients whether from their own or a different cohort.



Weekly group supervision is provided for trainees as a required module of the course. Trainees are expected to attend supervision through the year.

8.   Code of ethics

Trainees on the Clinical Qualification for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy are expected to comply with the WPF Therapy Code of Ethics and Professional Practice. On graduation they are expected to become Professional Members of FPC, which is WPF Therapy’s graduate body.

WPF Therapy reserves the right to extend or terminate training.

9.   Open events

WPF Therapy holds regular Introductory Seminars where you can find out more about the Clinical Qualification in an interactive and informal environment. The opportunity to speak to current trainees is also available either at, or after, these events. Information on upcoming events can be found on the events page of our website

10 Further information

Further information and application forms are available from or 020 7378 2050.
An individual training consultation can be arranged for a fee of £40.



Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy PDP L1

Course dates

Dates below are for 2020/2021
Term 1, 1 October 2020 - 16 December 2020
Term 2, 11 January 2021 - 26 March 2021
Term 3, 26 April 2021 - 12 July 2021
(October intake) NB Clinical Work 44 weeks a year

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WPF Therapy Limited, 23 Magdalen Street, London SE1 2EN


Fee on Submission of Full Application: £150
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Programme Fees and course details will be available in March 2020.  Open to applicatons from that date.  If you would like to make an inital enquiry please email

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Clinical Qualification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

October intake

Course dates

Term 1, 1 October 2019 - 16 December 2019
Term 2, 6 January 2020 - 20 March 2020
Term 3, 20 April 2020 - 6 July 2020

Programme Manager

Stephen Crawford


WPF Therapy Limited
23 Magdalen Street
London SE1 2EN


Year one: £3,526
Registration fee: £250
Instalments: £1,092 x 3
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This course offers a professional qualification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, working with patients three times a week. This training leads to registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.

In addition to the seminars this course requires trainees to be in three times weekly therapy throughout the duration of their training. Two training patients must be seen three times weekly, one for two years and one for eighteen months. An infant observation, psychiatric placement and five assessed assessments must also be completed.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning) criteria are in place to consider the experience of individual applications.

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