Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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Tavistock Clinic

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_605-1

Name of Organization

Tavistock Clinic



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...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tavistock RelationshipsLondonUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Thorana Nelson
    • 1
  1. 1.Utah State UniversitySanta FeUnited States