About us

IGAP is an organisational member of the UKCP and our analysts are members of the worldwide community of Jungian analysts through the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP)

Our history

IGAP had its beginnings in June 1982, when 13 members of the Association of Jungian Analysts (AJA) formed a ‘Provisional Grouping for the Study of CG Jung’s Psychology’. The group was recognised by the IAAP in 1983 at its congress in Jerusalem and in 1984 it offered its first Studies Programme, open to people who had an interest in and some experience of Jungian analysis. The group finally became The Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists in 1986.
IGAP initially attracted many analysts who had returned from training at the CG Jung Institute in Zürich, but we have grown carefully and steadily since then. IGAP now has nearly 80 members, well over half of them graduates of our own programme of preparation. The majority of our members practice in different parts of the UK, but some are in Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and five European  countries.
IGAP was founded in a spirit of ‘participatory democracy’. Growth has inevitably meant changes in structure, to meet the needs of candidates and increasing regulation. But IGAP still encourages a high degree of involvement among our members, and cherishes the collegiate spirit in which we work to maintain our distinctive approach to psyche and foster our commitment to individual psychological growth.

Our ethos

TheIndependent Groupwas from the start to be one that valued independence – both from organisational orthodoxy, and for its members and candidates. We aim to foster what Jung called ‘individuation’, the individual’s work towards becoming more fully her or himself. This means that within firm ethical boundaries, our members are free to practice analysis in the way that expresses their personality and experience, and each candidate is encouraged and supported to discover their own way towards this.
This respect for individual psychic process and development means that while IGAP’s orientation remains the classically Jungian one of its founders, members bring other approaches to psyche as well. It also makes for a distinctive approach to training. IGAP candidates have a considerable degree of freedom in how they pursue their studies, how they prepare for examinations and supervised work with clients – and how long they spend in the programme.

Our professional standards

IGAP is an organisational member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and our analysts are members of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP). Our members and training candidates are subject to professional regulation and standards.

They agree to adhere to:
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