The Bowlby Centre
We are an organisation committed to the development, promotion and practice of an attachment-based and relational approach to psychotherapy.
We run a referral service and clinic for those seeking psychotherapeutic help.
We are proud to be, and to work with, a diverse range of people from all communities.
We have 125 therapists practising from many settings.
- our clinic The Bowlby Centre in Highbury and Islington, London N5
- across London and the country in their private practices.
We can offer you an Assessment for Psychotherapy.
We will then refer you to an attachment based psychoanalytic psychotherapist who has trained (or in some cases is still in training) at the Bowlby Centre.
We will match you on the basis of many criteria to find the best fit for you, therapeutically, in terms of the therapist's clinical experience, personal background & communication style. We take care in considering cultural issues of difference and diversity, and also practicalities.
Training, qualifications & experience
UKCP registered psychotherapy.
The Bowlby Centre provides a 4 year part time psychotherapy taught course which is accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.
Our influences include classical psychoanalytic thinkers from Freud to Winnicott and challenges to traditional approaches from authors such as Jessica Benjamin, John Bowlby, Ronald Fairbairn and Stephen Mitchell.
Member organisations *
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Areas of counselling we deal with
There is a fee for your psychotherapy assessment of £25 - £100 depending on your income.
Once you are placed with a therapist, therapy fees are as follows:
- Full fee therapy £55 - £85 per session
- Low cost therapy £40 per session
- 'Blues Project' therapy from £20 per week
Grants/Funding towards the cost of your psychotherapy may be awarded by our strategic partner the Yellow Heart Trust.
"The Yellow Heart Trust is delighted to have become a strategic partner with The Bowlby Centre, to help with the inspiring work at the heart of the Bowlby mission. I sincerely hope that deserving applicants will benefit from the financial help that the Yellow Heart Trust can provide, particularly for those suffering from issues related to addiction and/or trauma."
Philip Robinson, Director, Yellow Heart Trust
Each of us is unique and able to change.
People come to psychotherapy with a wide variety of issues and emotional difficulties they want to address. If you are considering beginning psychotherapy, you may or may not know what the problem is, or what is causing your distress or emotional pain.
…the human psyche, like human bones, is strongly inclined towards self-healing. The psychotherapist’s job, like that of the orthopaedic surgeon, is to provide the conditions in which self-healing can best take place. John Bowlby
The sorts of problems Bowlby Centre therapists have helped people with include:
- Confusion about who you are, problems with identity
- Impact of violence, abuse and trauma
- Feeling afraid, panicky and stressed
- Impact of racism, oppression, discrimination, exploitation
- Experiencing anxiety, depression or suicidal feelings
- Feeling held back or stuck in your life
- Addictions, phobias and obsessions, eating problems, self-harm
- Feeling empty, lonely, abandoned, unable to make lasting relationships
- Impact of homophobia
- Loss, bereavement, relationship breakdown
- Problems around sex or sexuality
- Difficulties in family relationships
- Problems related to disability or learning disability
- Feeling in crisis or in a state of breakdown
Attachment-based psychotherapy has at its core an understanding of the importance of relationships to human growth and development throughout life. Secure and supportive relationships enable us to develop a sense of who we are. When we feel alone, or relationships go wrong in childhood or adulthood, our ability to manage our lives may be disrupted or even thrown into crisis.
We see psychotherapy as a cooperative venture between psychotherapist and client. Secure boundaries and confidentiality provide a safe setting that can enable clients to share experiences and feelings that they may not have been able to talk about before. Long term healing of distress, anxiety or depression involves getting in touch with the underlying experiences and emotions to promote creative change in your life.
The growing attachment relationship with your psychotherapist will give you the opportunity to mourn past losses and to explore the impact of important relationships on your life – both current and past.
Sometimes we may find ourselves repeating patterns from the past or getting stuck in a lifestyle, relationships or behaviours which may not be helpful to us. A psychoanalytic approach is a method of communication which aims to bring into awareness those ways of being which are unconscious, deeply set and inclined to frustrating repetitions.