What is Psychotherapy?

The Hallam Institute of Psychotherapy is a leading professional organisation for psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapists in the North of England and provides a route for registration with The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). The Institute is a Member Organisation of the UKCP and belongs to the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis (CPJA), a college of the UKCP.

Our members are bound by the Code of Ethics of the Institute and of the UKCP and support practise that is sensitive to culture, diversity and difference.

If you are looking for an independent psychotherapist yourself, go to the ‘Find a Therapist’ page for a list of members working in independent pratice together with their contact details.

The Institute also seeks to promote study, education and research and to foster and maintain the appropriate professional standards and development of its members. To this end it offers a programme of seminars and conferences, many of which are open to non-members. Forthcoming events can be found under the Events page.

The Institute offers two types of membership, Accredited and General. Accredited psychotherapists are trained and experienced practitioners working within a psychoanalytical framework.  They may also have some additional expertise in other approaches or specialisms, and have typically practiced in public and private settings with a range of clients.

We also welcome people who do not practice psychotherapy, or who are practising psychotherapists registered with the UKCP through another organisations, but who support the aims of the Institute and would like to benefit from meeting with other like-minded people.

Further details about membership can be found under the Membership Types page.

Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy aims to contribute significantly to our general sense of well being and our ability to manage our lives more effectively, and thereby positively influencing our mental and physical health.  This approach aims to help us understand our difficulties by increasing our awareness of the ways in which our inner world and early development affects our experience and behaviour in the external world.  Greater self understanding can enable us to deal more effectively with conflict, loss and life’s dilemmas.

This approach is distinct from some other counselling and therapy approaches as it is often a longer term process, aiming for a more deep seated change in our lives.


If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us – see the Contact Us page for details.