1st Edition

Celebrating 100 years of the Tavistock and Portman

Edited By Paul Cundy, Jessica Yakeley Copyright 2023

    2020 marked the one-hundredth anniversary of the first patient being seen at the world-renowned Tavistock Clinic. Over the following year, the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust marked this centenary with a series of events celebrating its history and exploring issues of identity, relationships and society. This book is a collection of essays from these celebrations, which describe the historical and contemporary work of various departments and services, and consider how to draw on this heritage to provide valuable responses to current and future challenges.

    The twelve chapters describe the organisation's thinking, educational and clinical work with children, young people and their parents, adults, organisations and wider society, documenting the influence of clinicians such as Balint, Bick, Bowlby, Garland, Glover, Malan and Pailthorpe. The authors outline the development of services for people who have experienced trauma, neurodiversity, complex and enduring mental health problems, and paraphilias or forensic behaviours. They address issues such as gender identity, the impact of couple relationship difficulties on parenting, systemic racism within the psychotherapeutic professions and the societal health inequalities revealed by COVID-19. The book concludes with a chapter exploring leadership and followership in organisations and how this can be applied to work in the NHS.

    This book was originally published as two special issues of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

    Introduction: Celebrating 100 years of the Tavistock and Portman

    Paul Cundy

    1. The Tavistock trauma service centenary lecture

    Joanne Stubley

    2. Being safe and being brave: new thoughts on trauma, and adaptations to technique

    Graham Music

    3. Trauma and abuse

    Judith Trowell

    4. In the footsteps of Bick: continuing the legacy of infant observation

    Dilys Daws and Alexandra de Rementeria

    5. Tavistock Centenary: the Tavistock Autism service over four decades

    Sue Reid, Anne Alvarez, Nechama Polak and Myooran Canagaratnam

    6. Shapes of gender identity: three stories with impact

    Domenico Di Ceglie

    7. Between partnering and parenting: psychoanalytic approaches to working with parental couples

    Andrew Balfour

    8. Decolonising psychotherapy. Racism and the psychoanalytic profession

    Helen Morgan

    9. Pandemic: challenges in care and recovery

    Dinesh Sinha

    10. Under fire in the consulting room

    Carine Minne

    11. The Fitzjohn’s Unit

    David Bell and Birgit Kleeberg

    12. ‘When I nod my head, hit it’: leadership and followership in the orchestral environment

    Lydia Hartland-Rowe


    Paul Cundy is a consultant adult psychotherapist and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Lead at Northeast London NHS Foundation Trust, UK. He is an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, Leicester, UK, and Editor-in-Chief of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

    Jessica Yakeley is a consultant psychiatrist in forensic psychotherapy, Director of the Portman Clinic, and Director of Medical Education at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK. She is a fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society, London, UK and Editor of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.