Psychoanalytic Section (ICP)

Address: 23 The Willows, Monkstown Valley, Monkstown, Dublin

Administrator: Nicola Williams




These are the seven associations that make up the psychoanalytic section of the ICP:


Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland (APPI)

APPI began life in 1993 and rapidly developed into a Professional Association comprised of members whose clinical work is based upon the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy from a Freudian-Lacanian perspective.


Irish Analytical Psychology Association

The Irish Analytical Psychology Association was founded in Ireland in 1996. Its main aims are

  • To promote information about Jungian psychology in Ireland.
  • To act as an accrediting body for Jungian analysts and Jungian psychotherapists in Ireland. It is a member of the analytic umbrella group of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy.
  • To provide opportunities for continuing professional development for its members. It does this by having a regular programme of lectures and seminars.


Irish Forum for Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is a relatively new discipline in Ireland, although it has been practiced widely in Europe and North America for fifty years.

Most therapists working with children in Ireland have been trained under the auspices of the Irish Forum for child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Trinity College, Dublin


Irish Forum for Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy

The Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP) was founded in 1986 to provide a focus for people with an interest in advancing the study and practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The organization aims:

  • to inform the public about psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
  • to promote psychoanalytic psychotherapy in mental health and other settings.
  • to set and maintain ethical, academic and training requirements of the IFPP to meet international standards of professional competence.

Membership is in line with the European Association of Psychotherapy standards; it is restricted to those with an appropriate formal training in psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy or analytical psychology.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is a process that takes place in a relationship between psychotherapist and client who work together to explore the client’s distress and difficulties. The psychoanalytic approach is based on the understanding that memories and feelings that were too painful or disturbing for the person to bear, were repressed in the unconscious where they continued to exert a powerful, but hidden, influence on the individual’s life.

The psychoanalytic process opens up an ongoing revelation of our hidden selves. In practice, it takes the form of the client talking, encouraged by the psychotherapist to say whatever comes to mind. The therapist listens with great care to what is being said.

As the therapy proceeds, this experience of freedom to speak leads to increased spontaneity and ease in the client who becomes more able to acknowledge and express feelings and thoughts that had been deeply buried and link these to current experiences.


Irish Group Analytic Society
Group Analysis is an established method of group psychotherapy which was developed by Dr. S. H. Foulkes, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, in England in the 1940s. At the heart of Group Analysis is the belief that human beings are fundamentally social in nature and that the source of many of the problems that individuals encounter can be found in their relationships with the groups they grew up in and are part of.

On this basis, Group Analysis believes that, for many people, their problems and difficulties can be usefully explored, understood and addressed in a group context.


Irish Psycho-Analytic Association

Founded in 1942, the Irish Psycho-Analytical Association is the oldest psychotherapeutic body in Ireland. Its founder, Jonathan Hanaghan, was sent here in 1926 by Freud’s friend and biographer, Ernest Jones: “It will take a Celt to start up psychoanalysis in Ireland.”


Northern Ireland Institute of Human Relations

The Northern Ireland Institute of Human Relations was inaugurated in November 1990. A registered charity and a limited company, it aims to provide a forum for the discussion and advancement of psychodynamic approaches to the understanding of personal and social difficulties.