After diploma studies elsewhere, we both graduated from The Bowlby Centre, which provides a four-year clinical training in attachment-based psychoanalytical psychotherapy.
Who was John Bowlby?
The Bowlby centre is named after John Bowlby (1907-90), creator of attachment theory. He was the controversial and pioneering psychologist, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who–to the shock of the 1930s psychoanalytic community–drew a link between actual early childhood experience and adult mental health. His colleague Mary Ainsworth (1913-99) expanded his theory to show the different ways in which babies responded to the stress of separation; later experiments showed how attachment patterns created in babyhood can persist in later life, affecting the ability to create and maintain stable careers, families and relationships of all kinds.