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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.

John Bowlby

‘Through to you’ by Witta Priester

The 23rd John Bowlby Memorial International Conference, London, 3rd & 4th March 2017.   SOLD OUT

‘Repetition, Repetition, Repetition: Breaking the Cycle of Attachment Trauma’ 

Institute of Child Health, University College London, 30 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1EH

In this conference, we have brought together worldwide specialists who have contributed greatly to the understanding of attachment, trauma and dissociation. With such a wealth of knowledge and experience, we aim to explore the many pathways that compose traumatic experiences, their repetitive nature and the various ways which can help our clients move on with renewed vitality and hope.


Onno Van der Hart (The Netherlands: co-author of The Haunted Self)

Karl-Heinz Brisch (Germany: author of Treating Attachment Disorders)

Ruth Lanius (Canada: co-author of Healing the Traumatized Self)

Adrienne Harris (USA: co-author of First Do No Harm)

Susie Orbach (UK: author of Bodies, Fat is a feminist issue)

Guy Hibbert (UK: film director and writer, May 33rd and Eye in the Sky)

Orit Badouk Epstein (UK: co-author of Ritual Abuse and Mind Control)

Daniel Shaw (USA: author of Traumatic Narcissism)


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.

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EMAIL: PHONE: 0207 700 5070

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. 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.

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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…