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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships
The Applications of Attachment Theory to Psychotherapy

With Dr Christopher Clulow, Linda Cundy, Jenny Riddell, Kate White and Judy Yellin

Saturday 9 July 2016

Since John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth's pioneering studies into the infant's need for proximity to a loving caretaker, research and writings on attachment theory have flowered into a major psychological discipline. This has greatly influenced the way we understand the needs of the dependent child and the necessity of secure attachment throughout life for emotional growth.

This conference addresses the question of how these insights into attachment are applied to psychotherapy. Knowing the answer is something of a holy grail, the search for which is generating much important work. This conference has been designed to contribute to the project of connecting some of the threads in this discussion. We have asked our five presenters to answer this question: How does attachment theory inform the practitioner’s technical, therapeutic competence? Is there more to working from an attachment based framework than empathic holding? They will each answer this by focusing on areas of therapy that elegantly illustrate the relationship between theory and practice.


Dr Christopher Clulow
Dr Christopher Clulow is a Senior Fellow of the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, London. He has published extensively on marriage, partnerships, parenthood and couple psychotherapy, most recently from an attachment perspective. His two edited books in this area are Adult attachment and couple psychotherapy: The 'secure base' in practice and research (2001, Brunner-Routledge) and Attachment, sex and couple psychotherapy: Psychoanalytic perspectives (2009, Karnac). More >>

Linda Cundy
Linda Cundy trained at the Bowlby Centre in the 1990s and has a private therapy and supervision practice. She has been teaching and running courses on aspects of attachment and loss for twenty years, and is Course Director of a Post Graduate Diploma in Attachment Therapy. She is Chair of Hackney Bereavement Service, having originally run bereavement groups there. More >>

Jenny Riddell
Jenny Riddell is psychoanalytic psychotherapist working with individuals and couples. She is registered with The British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors and The Bowlby Centre. She supervises and teaches on several psychotherapy programmes and CPD providers. She is also academic supervisor for MA and MSc dissertations. She has a private practice in London. More >>

Kate White
Kate White is Editor of the journal, Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis and Series Editor of The John Bowlby Memorial Conference Monographs. She is also a training therapist, supervisor and teacher at The Bowlby Centre where she trained. More >>

Judy Yellin
Judy Yellin trained as an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist at the Bowlby Centre, and works as an attachment-based relational psychotherapist in private practice. She is a supervisor and training therapist, and has taught extensively at the Bowlby Centre and other organisations. She currently teaches a relational third year module at the Minster Centre. More >>


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Early bird: £110 (Sold out)
Self-funded: £130 (Available)
Self-funded x 2: £190 (Available)
Self-funded (with the online module The Applications of Attachment Theory to Psychotherapy): £265 (Available)
Organisationally-funded: £220 (Available)

CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6.5 hours will be provided at the event

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
10:50 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:25 Tea
17:00 End