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Psychotherapy Training


Welcome from Emerald Davis, Chair of The Bowlby Centre

Welcome from the Chair of the Centre

Invitation from the Vice Chair


Training Structure


Selection Process


Welcome to The Bowlby Centre and to this introduction to our psychotherapy training course

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Welcome to The Bowlby Centre and to this introduction to our psychotherapy training course.

Deciding where to train can feel like a major undertaking: we hope this section of 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 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.

My own decision to become an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist started to formulate in my mind when I was doing my psychiatric training some 35 years ago. From the start, I was painfully aware of how inadequate the institutionalised process of caring for people with mental distress was. During this time, the significance of John Bowlby’s ideas about the role of attachment in our lives became increasingly apparent to me.

My first contact with The Bowlby Centre happened as a result of a very stressful event whilst I was working as a District Nurse. I turned to a clinical adviser for support and she invited me to join the in-depth counselling course. I was delighted to find my way to an organisation that was both dedicated to teaching Attachment Theory and committed to creating a therapy based on mutuality and respect for difference.

The Bowlby Centre draws students from a wide range of backgrounds and has a passionate commitment to valuing diversity. The training provides trainees with the opportunity to develop their potential in a warm and enabling environment, which can be challenging and we strive to make it free from intimidation.

If you would like to know more about The Centre, you can attend one of our Introductory Days, which gives you the chance to meet staff and students to find out more about what our approach could mean for you.

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to join us at The Bowlby Centre.

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