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 2024 (Click here)

    (Please book before Friday 5 July 2024 at 10.00 am at the latest)

    CFAR In Association With Bristol University 2023/24 (Click here)

    Please note that CFAR public seminars will be held at Birkbeck College but are also available on Zoom for those who are unable to attend in person.

CFAR Psychoanalytic Studies 2024

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

CFAR Public Seminars Summer 2024

Seminars this term include: “Symptom and Interpretation”, “Early Women Psychoanalysts: History, Biography, and Contemporary Relevance”, “Transference”, “Lacan’s Four Fundamental Concepts”, “Silencing and Abandonment: the case of Hikikomori”, “Freud Seminar: Mourning and Melancholia”, “The Object”, “Breathing and the Drive: Asphyxiation, Choking and Strangulation”, “Reading Lacan’s Seminar: The Neurotic’s Individual Myth”, “The Drive”, “Psychoanalysis and Politics II”, “Child Analysis Working Group”, “Interpretation”, “Forgetfulness and Stupidity”, “The Truth, and Nothing but a Truth”, “On Adolescence”, “Valerie Love Memorial Lecture: Male Sexuality”, “Politics of Jealousy”, “Suggestion and Interpretation”


Lacan’s ‘Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis’ (1963 – 64) is a landmark seminar not only in terms of the development of Lacan’s work but also in relation to contemporary developments in psychoanalysis. Rather than following the fashionable elaboration of new categories of ego defence, Lacan returned to reinvigorate four basic Freudian concepts that had been progressively taken for granted. He elaborated the four concepts of the Unconscious, the Drive, Repetition and the Transference in a way which remained very close to the Freudian texts he used as his sources while at the same time giving them a new life through the introduction of a theory of language and the forms of subjectivity that are a consequence of language. This short course will present Lacan’s four concepts and give clinical examples which show the relevance of Lacan’s thought to the clinician today.

Introductory Course 2024 - 2025

Freud – Lacan: The fundamentals of psychoanalysis