Welcome to the Bowlby Centre attachment based psychoanalytic psychotherapy training, short course, and psychotherapy referrals organisation

The Bowlby Centre Attachment Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training and Referrals. We are an organisation committed to the development, promotion and practice of an attachment-based, psychoanalytic relational approach to psychotherapy.

Finding a Psychotherapist using our directory

If you are looking for psychotherapeutic help, you can contact a psychotherapist directly using our Find a Therapist Directory

John Bowlby

Psychotherapy training centre London, UK.

We offer a 4 year taught course within a 5 + year UKCP accredited training for people wishing to become attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapists.  We also offer short courses and workshops for psychotherapists, counsellors and other professionals working with people. We have developed expertise in areas which include trauma, dissociation, addiction and disability. We organise short courses, conferences and events to support the continuing professional development of our members and others.

Our journal, Attachment – New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, provides opportunities to read about and contribute to the ongoing development of the attachment and relational approach to psychotherapy and counselling. To find out more about our journal and to subscribe, please click here

The Bowlby Centre hosts an annual conference.

Deciding where to train in psychotherapy

Deciding where to train can feel like a major undertaking: we hope our website helps clarify our approach and values.

The Bowlby Centre emerged out of a radical development in the psychoanalytic tradition: an attachment-based approach, pioneered by John Bowlby, which emphasises our need for a secure attachment to others and the impact on us when early relationships are insecure, dangerous or abandoning. As a psychoanalytic school, we also draw on the importance of the unconscious and internal world. READ MORE…

Our Blues Project – Low cost Therapy Service


The Blues Project is for people aged over 18 and who would not otherwise have access to psychotherapy because they are on benefits or a low income (under £15,000 per year). There is no upper age limit.

All clients are expected to make a commitment to come for therapy twice a week for at least two years. The therapist will usually be either a trainee in weekly supervision, or (occasionally) a psychotherapist who has completed their training with The Bowlby Centre.

Applicants must be able to attend sessions twice a week in person (e.g. at the Bowlby Centre in N5) or online if the therapist works remotely. The cost is £10 per session, i.e. £20 per week. Priority will be given to applicants who are also able to consider online therapy sessions.

Subject to availability, the Blues Project is more likely to be open for applications in June and October 2024 and January 2025. We are currently CLOSED for applications. The website will be updated when applications are open.

Please note that BLUES SPACES ARE EXTREMELY LIMITED and subject to application an assessment. It is not always possible to match assessed clients with a suitable therapist.

To apply, please read the terms and conditions and download and return the application form below (currently not available due to applications being closed)

Eligible clients will be offered an assessment interview. This is a one-off non-refundable fee of £35.

Download the application form and terms and conditions here/below

Some of our therapists may have space for lower cost therapy. Please see our Find A Therapist.

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