The Bowlby Centre Vision

Our vision for our Centre is:

  • to be a world-class centre for attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapy, research and outreach.
  • to be a welcoming home in London for our paid staff in key areas.
  • to have a clear identity which ensures our legitimacy and recognition.
  • to be a centre for developing thinking.

The Bowlby Centre Mission

In order to realise that vision The Bowlby Centre undertakes the following mission:

  • to provide accredited training to those wishing to be attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapists.
  • to provide an attachment-based psychoanalytic referral service and clinic especially to the excluded and unattached.
  • to develop other training provision, especially that which is aimed at developing an attachment orientation in other professionals.
  • to develop our publicity and an outreach provision aimed both at encouraging policy makers to heed attachment issues and at developing general attachment-based emotional literacy.
  • to contribute to research from its experience of attachment-based psychoanalytic practice.

The Bowlby Centre Values

The Bowlby Centre mission will put into action the following agreed values:

  • That mental distress has its origin in failed and 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, including real relationships, will be part of the therapy.
  • Psychotherapy should be available to all, and from an attachment-based psychoanalytic perspective, especially those discriminated against or described as “unsuitable” for therapy.
  • Psychotherapy should be provided with respect, warmth, openness, a readiness to interact and relate, and with the aim of being 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.
  • Inclusiveness, access, diversity, authenticity and excellence.