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Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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Tavistock Clinic

Name of Organization

Tavistock Clinic


Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust; Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships; Tavistock Institute of Human Relations; Tavistock Institute of Marital Studies; Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology; Tavistock Marital Studies Institute; Tavistock Relationships; Tavistock Square Clinic for Functional Nervous Disorders


The Tavistock Clinic is effectively an umbrella term for several organizations in the couple and family therapy field. It no longer exists as a separate entity, with the majority of its health service functions forming a part of the UK’s National Health Service, combined with the previous Portman Clinic which specialized in the treatment of disturbed offenders: the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust*.

The Tavistock Square Clinic for Functional Nervous Disorders* was set up in London as an outpatient service after the First World War in order to apply psychodynamic ideas to the treatment of neurosis, fo ...

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