Alejandra Perez - Adult Psychoanalyst and MSc PDP graduate

Can you remember what you wanted to do when you started your MSc? What did you have in mind?
Psychoanalytic training.

Did anything change during the course of the year/training?
Considered doing a child psychotherapy training but then decided to do the adult training.

What do you think was the greatest thing you took from your course at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families into your subsequent training/work?
It’s difficult to name one thing – the integrated view of psychoanalytic concepts, research and development.

What did you first feel when the course/training finished? What were your plans?
I already knew I was starting a PhD and working towards getting into the adult training, but I did feel worried about losing the structured environment of the MSc.

What were the 2 or 3 most important bits of advice you could give to someone wanting to go down a similar route?
To be patient, determined and attentive to different opportunities that might contribute to personal growth which is so important in this profession.

Anything you shouldn’t do?
Be impatient.

And what was your journey post MSc in terms of getting experience?
I did psychotherapy voluntary work in the NHS, research work and personal analysis.

What was the best thing about this? What was the hardest thing?
The best thing about doing different things was that it kept various doors open (research, clinical work) whilst I still considered different routes. The hardest things were the large amount of work, long route, and little pay.

Once you started your training or academic programme, what would you say had changed in you?
I was slightly more mature and experienced.

Why would you recommend this training/path?
I think it is incredibly interesting and rewarding.