Welcome to The Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research

The Centre’s activities include psychoanalytic training, psychoanalytic courses and study groups, a public seminar programme, a clinical service including a low cost clinic, the annual publication of our journal JCFAR and an online web journal offering free articles and transcriptions.

Membership of CFAR gives registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). CFAR is a UKCP registered training organisation which is authorised to accredit psychoanalysts.

If you would like to contact one of our psychoanalysts, details can be found on the Analysts of the Centre page.

  • CFAR Annual Conference

    SATURDAY 13 JULY 2019

    Desire and Jouissance

      University College London (UCL), Institute of Education,

    20 Bedford Way London WC1H 0AL

  • CFAR in Bristol


    CFAR In Association with Bristol University

    Ego, Ideal, Superego

    21 Woodland Road, Lecture Room 8, Bristol, BS8 1TE

  • Please note that CFAR seminars will now take place at:

    University College London (UCL)

    Institute of Education

    20 Bedford Way

    London, WC1H 0AL

CFAR Psychoanalytic Studies 2019

The Programme offers the opportunity to attend paticipate in all relevant CFAR lectures, seminars and activities that from part of the training programme, with the exception of the specific category of ‘clinical seminars’.

CFAR Public Seminars Summer 2019

Seminars this term include: “Bodily Excitation and Deadness in Neurosis and Psychosis”, “Freud’s Second Topic”, “What are Hunger and Thirst?”, “Gender”, “Freud’s Beyond the Pleasure Principle”, “Mourning and Melancholia”, “The Range of Therapies Today” and “Desire and Jouissance”.


Freud and Lacan both stressed the importance of a preliminary period in which analyst and prospective analysand meet before commencing psychoanalytic treatment as such. Although some practitioners choose to put the patient on the couch immediately or encourage them to free associate in the very first meeting, psychoanalytic experience has shown the importance of prudence in these early encounters. This series of seminars will explore the Freudian and Lacanian parameters of these preliminary meetings: what is the clinician aiming to establish here? What details might they need to gather in order to assess suitability for treatment? And what indications might there be to signal that a treatment will be possible? The fact that someone presents themself for analysis is by no means a guarantee that an analysis will ensue.

Introductory Course 2019 – 2020

Freud – Lacan: The fundamentals of psychoanalysis