The Guild of Psychotherapists was founded in 1974 by a group of practitioners from Freudian, Jungian and Phenomenological backgrounds. Their aim was to establish a pluralistic professional body to foster independence of thought, a spirit of inquiry, and freedom to develop creatively for the benefit of the profession and the public seeking psychological help. The Guild is a professional and training organisation run by, and for, psychoanalytic psychotherapists.
Our members are bonded through our own extensive training and our commitment to lowering distress and improving psychological health and well being. Our many shared values include respect for and the promotion of individual and cultural differences and diversity. Since then, the Guild has developed in accordance with this tradition, valuing and promoting different psychoanalytic perspectives. The organisation is now widely recognised and well respected, with over 250 members and trainees, all of whom are bound by its Code of Ethics. The organisation has a pluralistic tradition, which values many different analytic theories and practices.
The Guild operates a low cost clinic in Waterloo and the majority of our members throughout the UK offer some low cost psychotherapy places as well as normal cost psychotherapy. We also run a very well regarded four year (once a week) training course in psychoanalytic psychotherapy that has a 40 year heritage as well as an introductory one term course. The Guild also provides a training in supervision.