We believe that:

  • mental distress has its origin in failed or inadequate attachment relationships in early life and is best treated in the context of a long-term human relationship.
  • attachment relationships are shaped in the real world and impacted upon by poverty, discrimination and social inequality – the impact of the social world will be part of the therapy.
  • psychotherapy should be available to all, from an attachment-based psychoanalytic perspective, including those discriminated against or described as “unsuitable for therapy”.
  • psychotherapy should be provided with respect, warmth, readiness to interact appropriately and relate, boundaries, and should aim to be free from discrimination of any kind.
  • those who have been silenced about their experiences and survival strategies must have their reality acknowledged and not pathologised.

The Bowlby Centre values inclusiveness, access, diversity, authenticity, appropriate boundaries and high standards. All participants in our organisation share the responsibility for anti-discriminatory practice in relation to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, (dis)ability, religion, class, educational and learning style.