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Continuing Professional Development

We provide a variety of professional development opportunities. Some of these are available only to our members whilst others are available to other qualified psychotherapists and counsellors and we are committed to developing training provision aimed at giving an attachment orientation to other professionals.

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Artist Jennifer Leighton



Shame can be one of the most paralysing and withering of affects and relational experiences. It can be unbearably painful and corrosive, attacking one’s body and identity. It threatens to freeze the self and can have a significant and long lasting negative impact on the quality of attachment relationships. Shame seems to emerge as a consequence of neglect, critical and humiliating caregiving and other attachment traumas. In the context of our clients’ experience in the therapeutic relationship, the feeling of shame may relate to past or current events, actions and memories. In the absence of meaningful relationships and connections, shame can often trigger the terror of aloneness and dissolution.

John Bowlby, along with an ever expanding body of empirical research, has taught us that secure relationships are the bedrock of affect regulation and reflective functioning, creative exploration and robust well being. Understanding shame as a relational problem, it is here that the client can gradually learn to move away from the overwhelming cycle of unbearable shame affects.

This conference will bring together experts from across the world to discuss and explore different aspects of shame which can so often immobilise both the therapist and the client’s capacity to move on. Bringing together infant researchers, trauma experts, somatic interventions and clinical work, the aim of this conference is to explore and develop our understanding of the shameful deflations we encounter in the consulting room and will nurture new ways of relating.

Speakers: Dr Ulrich Schultz Venrath, Dr. Colwyn Trevarthen, Dr. Judith Solomon, Dr. Richard Chefetz, Dr. Aileen Allyene, Dr. Adriano Schimmenti, Victoria Settle.

Talk Titles


“Pride and Shame in Infancy”


“Mentalizing Shame and Shamelessness in Groups”


“Shame as a Behavioural System: Links to Attachment, Defence, and Dysregulation”


“Attackments: Subjugation, Shame, and the Attachment to Painful Affects & Objects”


“Shame and Black Identity Wounding – the legacy of Internalised Oppression”


“Shame across the generations: working with a daughter of the holocaust”


“The aggressor within: Attachment trauma, segregated systems, and the double face of shame”

Registration: 5:30pm conclusion 9:00pm
Registration: 9:00am conclusion 5pm.
10 CPD hours.
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Open Days

Psychotherapy Training Open Days

The Open Day provides an opportunity to visit our centre and meet staff  from the Bowlby Centre to find out more about our approach and the details of our training programme. The event is a facilitated workshop, with an overview of the curriculum, a clinical vignette and  a discussion about our approach and the theoretical influences that have informed our work. It is also an opportunity to meet some of those who may be training alongside you, should you decide to join us.

There is a charge of £50 for attendance.

The Bowlby Centre
1 Highbury Crescent
London N5 1RN

Open Day Timetable


21st July 2018
1st September 2018

Open Day Booking Form
£ 0.00
Please contact Carol Tobin for any queries

Clinical Forums

Clinical Forum – Attachment in the Age of Austerity Summoning up a Thundercloud

Saturday, 14th July 2018

The clinical and theoretical implications of Attachment Theory have become well known since Bowlby’s first publications. However Attachment Theory is inherently political and has vast social policy implications. Attachment theory has informed social policy in areas such as child visiting procedures in hospital, and provided important social commentary and critique such as highlighting the psychological impact of social policy such as child evacuation during the Second World War. Currently the UK is facing wide ranging difficulties in how it treats its most vulnerable members, such as the crisis in the NHS and social care as well as in housing and migration policy. Attachment Theory provides a powerful but underused lens with which to view these social difficulties, and voice with which to challenge the damage caused by austerity measures and the march of neoliberal capitalism
and corporate misuse of power. Drawing from work in psychiatric services with patients families, how the social and political circumstances of both patient, workers and services impact and impinge on each other is explored.

Concepts from Attachment Theory such as our need for a secure base and safe haven, and our need to seek proximity to attachment figures during times of stress and how separation from attachment figures causes distress are argued to have continuing social policy implications. Through use of clinical vignettes involving four women,
the assumption of political neutrality in the clinical realm is questioned, the implications for social policy explored as the personal is argued to be political and the political is personal.

About the speaker Kate Brown
Kate Brown is a Bowlby Centre trained UKCP registered Attachment based psychoanalytic psychotherapist who started her career in therapeutic communities working with adults with a variety of mental health difficulties, and with adolescents individually and in groups. She has worked with young mothers and in mainstream community psychiatric services with patients’ families. She has also provided time limited therapy with former servicemen who had experienced complex trauma. She has taught at the Bowlby Centre and has also delivered freelance training.
Kate completed an MSc in psychotherapeutic approaches in mental health in 2012. Kate is a member of the Attachment journal group, former chair of the clinical forum at the Bowlby Centre and PhD candidate at Middlesex University psychoanalysis department in the history of the therapeutic community movement and the treatment of trauma. Kate is in private practice in Bournemouth.

Date: Saturday, 14th July 2018

Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm (Registration 10.45)

Cost: £30

(Bowlby Centre members and students – free)

Venue: The Bowlby Centre 1 Highbury Crescent, London N5 1RN

CPD: 2 hours (CPD certificate provided)

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Hold Me Tight: Conversations for Connection -17th and 18th November 2018

An interactive Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy workshop

Creating resilience, emotional depth and trust in long term relationships

This is an interactive relational education programme for couples based on the book
Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love’ by Dr. Sue Johnson, the
founder of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). This experiential workshop
comprises a weekend of deep engaging conversations that help couples develop more
openness, responsiveness and trust in each other that transforms long term
Our aimYou will learn to understand and change the negative relational dance that keeps you
apart and causes conflict. Shape a more secure loving bond based on open intimate
dialogues. To begin a transformative healing experience and to bring back aliveness,
emotional intimacy, sexual connection and joy in your relationship.
This workshop is offered to Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Psychologists and their
partners: for a maximum of eight couples (sixteen participants) to ensure a safe space
for every couple to be supported by EFT therapists in connecting with each other. Each
couple will be given time and support to process their emotional responses to the
shared exercises and watch video clips of couples taking part in Hold Me Tight sessions
with Dr. Sue Johnson.

Date: 21st and 22nd April 2018
Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Cost:£500 per couple (Maximum 8 couples)

Angela Massucco is an Attachment based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist UKCP and
trained at Bowlby Centre. She is an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist and holds
an Adv Dip in Couples & Psychosexual Therapy and a Psychosexual Certificate with
TCCR. She is also an Art Therapist BAAT. Her experience of EFT, and Diana Fosha
AEDP Training has impacted deeply personally and professionally with these
experiential models that believe emotional intimacy is at the core of a rich relationship.
Angela is in full time practice at Number 42, The Complete Psychotherapy Practice,
London Bridge.
Helene Igwebuike is a certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and Supervisor
approved by the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
(ICEEFT). Helene uses an integrative model incorporating elements of Person-centred,
Systemic Practice, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), while
specialising in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which focuses on accessing
emotions and facilitating heart-to-heart conversations that create a safe and secure
relationship. Helene’s practice is based in Enfield, King’s Cross and online Skype

17th and 18th November 2018
10.00am to 4.00pm
Cost:£600 per couple maximumn 8 couples)

Hold Me Tight – Conversations For Connection – pdf brochure

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Attachment Narrative Therapy short course – 29-30 March 2019, 26-27 April 2019, 31 May – 1 June 2019 and 21-22 June 2019


This course will provide training in the implementation of an integrative therapeutic approach (ANT) which combines attachment, narrative and systemic theories and techniques. This combines a consideration of the systemic processes encapsulating problems in families with an analysis of how these are fuelled by underlying attachment dynamics. In turn this is explored in terms of how family members’ narratives – explanations and understanding of their problems – are connected to and in turn shape the attachment and systemic patterns. The training utilises a range of therapeutic interventions – Formats for Exploration’ which can be employed in various clinical contexts.

The training programme will provide clinical examples in terms of case studies to illustrate the approach, DVD material, experiential learning activities and group discussion. The training programme will cover applications in child, adult and couples settings with illustrations of work with a wide range of clinical presentations including conduct problems, eating disorders, self-harm, addictions, domestic violence and trauma. The programme will be in four two-day blocks of training with a focus on: Integrative Framework and Creating Safety; Exploration and Formulation; Looking for Alternatives; Complexity, Trauma and Maintaining Change. Participants will have the opportunity to work in small supervised groups on their own clinical case material in each of the 4 blocks.

Dates: 29-30 March, 26-27 April 2019
31 May – 1 June, 21-22 June 2019
Time: Friday, from 3pm – 8.30pm and finishes on the next day, Saturday, from 10.00am to 2.30pm.
Cost: For all 4 blocks £700  £500 BC members (limited to 5 places)

Course Content

The Course will cover the following main themes: representational systems of attachment; intergenerational learning and care in families; trauma and the restriction of attempted solutions; recursive processes of intervention – paying attention to pattern and process; the use of self in therapeutic work; developing and monitoring the secure base in therapy and in families; the use of action techniques in therapy; and healing in relationships.

Block 1 – 29-30 March 2019
Introduction and Implications of Attachment
Formats for Exploration

Block 2 – 26-27 April 2019
Attachment Narratives
Formats for Exploration

Block 3 – 31 May – 1 June 2019
Working Therapeutically with Couples
Formats for Exploration

Block 4 – 21-22 June 2019
Working Therapeutically with Trauma and Loss
Formats for Exploration

Attachment Narrative Therapy: Working Systemically with Attachment Narratives – pdf brochure

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Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice – June

Saturday 18th May and Sunday 19th May 2019

and Saturday 8th June and Sunday 9th June 2019

Cost: £580 Organisations, £540 Individuals

Seminars will include the following themes

• Introductions – our relationship to attachment theory.
• Attachment theory in context
• Separation, loss and mourning
• Patterns of attachment and their internal representation
• Secure • Dismissing • Preoccupied • Unresolved/disorganised • Not classifiable
• Evaluating adult attachment states of mind
• Internal working models
• Reflective functioning
• Intersubjectivity

Clinical work will consider the role of mourning, narrative, mutuality and recognition, affective attunement and cycles of rupture and repair in the therapeutic process.

The objectives of this course is to introduce Attachment theory and deepen your understanding of it. It’s designed to be of practical value with implications for therapy and human relatedness.

The course is aimed for Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists and Social Workers.

“I was surprised how this course touched on all areas of my life… for me it has been the missing piece of the jigsaw I have been looking for and brings together many things…”

“Attachment theory is at the core of our being. This course has opened my eyes”
“I benefited greatly from this course both personally and professionally.”

Orit Badouk Epstein is a UKCP registered attachment based Psychoanalytic psychotherapist, a training supervisor and a training therapist. She trained at the Bowlby Centre, London where she is the Editor of the journal Attachment-New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis (published by Karnac books). She teaches Attachment theory and is the head of the planning group of the International Bowlby Memorial conference. She specialises in attachment theory and trauma and regularly writes and present papers on these topics. She runs a private practice and works relationally with individuals, couples and parents. Orit has a particular interest in working with individuals who have experienced extreme abuse and trauma and have displayed symptoms of dissociation. She is the co-author of the book “Ritual Abuse and Mind Control: The Manipulation of Attachment Needs” (Karnac Books), co-editor of the book “Terror within & without”, and is the co-editor of the ESTD (European Society for Trauma and Dissociation) newsletter where she regularly writes articles and film reviews.

Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice

Saturday 18th May and Sunday 19th May 2019

and Saturday 8th June and Sunday 9th June 2019

Cost: £580 Organisations, £540 Individuals

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