In line with government guidelines The Bowlby Centre building is temporarily closed and our staff are working online. We are continuing to run our training programme for all our current students and are accepting and processing application forms for our four year psychotherapy training course commencing in September 2020.

Most of our psychotherapists are continuing in private practice with video consultations and will still be taking referrals.

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

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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

We offer a referral service and clinic for those seeking psychotherapeutic help. We are proud to be and to work with a diverse range of people from all communities.

The Bowlby Centre hosted the very successful John Bowlby 25th Anniversary Event An International Conference in Celebration of John Bowlby’s Work entitled “Attachment Theory – How John Bowlby Revolutionised Our Understanding of Human Relationships” in the Autumn of 2015. There were world renowned speakers in dialogue including Jeremy Holmes, Allan Schore, Susie Orbach and Howard Steele. Click here for further information.

Over 230 people attended our 2013 conference in April, entitled ‘Addictions from an Attachment Perspective: Do broken bonds and early trauma lead to addictive behaviours?’ with Edward Khantzian delivering the 20th John Bowlby Memorial Lecture and our 21st John Bowlby Memorial Conference in April 2014, ‘The Couple in the Room, the Couple in Mind: Reflections from an Attachment Perspective’ with Professor Sue Johnson as the main speaker was well attended and popular. details here.

Interested in becoming a member of The Bowlby Centre? Click here

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 open for people who would not otherwise have access to psychotherapy because they are on benefits or a low wage (under £12,000 per year). Places are limited, and all clients are expected to make a commitment to come for therapy twice a week for at least two years. The psychotherapist will usually be either a trainee in weekly supervision, or a psychotherapist who has completed their training with The Bowlby Centre. We currently have a small number of spaces working with trainee therapists working from The Bowlby Centre premises on weekdays, and spaces with trainee therapists working in East Dulwich (SE22) on Monday and Thursday afternoons.

The first step is an assessment interview with a Bowlby Centre member. This is a chance for us to have a talk about you – your experience, your history, and your needs, and to then begin to think about who would be the right therapist for you. Interviews take up to 75 minutes. There is a fee for the interview, usually £35. The therapy sessions are £10 for a minimum of 2 sessions per week – a weekly total of £20. If you would like to arrange an assessment, please complete and return the application form to us by email or post (details in the application form)

Referrals Service Application Form

We have traditionally also offered a service to match individuals with therapists who are Bowlby Centre members. This service is currently closed but we encourage you to use our Find A Therapist directory if you’re interested in therapy with a member of The Bowlby Centre.”