The Bowlby Centre

The Bowlby Centre provides a UKCP accredited training in Attachment Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, which combines psychoanalytic, inter-subjective, and attachment based approaches, within an environment in which difference is both celebrated and analysed in relation to the wider social and political milieu. 

We are committed to inclusiveness and celebration of diversity and throughout the training we encourage our trainees to explore their own experience of, and the implications of societal dynamics around, difference. Our seminars take place on two evenings a week for three terms each year and there are monthly clinical forums where case studies are discussed by practising psychotherapists. We provide a referrals service with standard rate and low cost psychotherapy - those interested are welcome to contact us.

We also offer short courses suitable for CPD and are in the process of designing a 1 - 2 year supplementary training course for established and accredited psychotherapists and counsellors.


Attachment Narrative Therapy with Prof Rudi Dallos and Prof Arlene Vetere

Start date: Friday, 29 March 2019 @ 15:00
Venue: The Bowlby Centre
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.

(London) Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice

Start date: Saturday, 8 June 2019 @ 00:00
Venue: The Bowlby Centre
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.

Note: Please contact The Bowlby Centre directly for information on times.


Hold Me Tight: Conversations for Connection

Start date: Saturday, 17 November 2018 @ 10:00
Venue: The Bowlby Centre
Price: £600
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 relationships.

Our aim: You 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.

*£600 per couple (Maximum 8 couples)


(London) John Bowlbly Memorial Conference 2018 "SHAME MATTERS"

Start date: Friday, 21 September 2018 @ 09:00
Venue: Institute of Child Health
Price: £250
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.

Ticket prices: Individual £190, Organisation funded £250, Bowlby Centre member £150

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