CPU offers psychoanalytic psychotherapy to anybody who is concerned about their emotional difficulties and is either seeking psychotherapy or looking for advice about which kind of psychological help would be best for them.

We aim to provide comprehensive, specialist consultations and short and long-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Individuals may refer themselves to us directly. Referrals can also be made by GPs, social workers, local hospitals and voluntary organisations.

We offer a free service to those who cannot afford to pay. For those who can we charge fees on a sliding scale.

Our therapists can provide therapy in English, Cantonese, French, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Polish and Spanish

We offer the following services:



The consultation offers an opportunity to think together with a psychotherapist about your difficulties and about what kind of ongoing help, if any, you may need. The consultation may consist of more than one meeting and may lead to therapeutic help at CPU or to a recommendation to other agencies.

These meetings give an opportunity to get a better understanding of what psychoanalytic psychotherapy involves and whether this type of experience will be helpful to you.

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy aims to try to bring about changes in how the person deals with their experiences in relation to themselves and others and help them to alleviate their emotional pain and distress. 

Individual psychotherapy

Psychotherapy at CPU may be one possible outcome of the consultation process. We provide weekly psychotherapy sessions up to two years, which offer an opportunity to think together with a psychotherapist about the difficulties in more depth and on a regular basis over an extended period of time

Short and long term therapy

Short-term therapy can consist of treatment for 3 months, 6 months or up to a year; long-term therapy tends to last for up to 2 years. 

Group therapy

Another possible outcome of the consultation would be to join a therapy group. The group meets regularly once a week for one-and-a-half hours and is up to two years. The group aims to provide a safe place to explore one’s problems in relation to others.