About us

The pioneers who set up the Tavistock Clinic in 1920 relied on charitable donations to provide therapy to people regardless of their means. Known as the birthplace of attachment theory and home to John Bowlby, Wilfred Bion, Esther Bick, Michael and Enid Balint, the roots of the Tavi have spread across the world. 

The Tavistock and Portman joined the NHS at its inception and it continues to bring together psychoanalytic, psychodynamic and systemic theory and practice, placing relationships and the prevention of mental ill-health at its heart. Today, it works with people of all ages across some 36 specialist services from trauma to a specialist school, helping to address mental and emotional wellbeing and complex mental illness.

The Tavistock and Portman Charity was established in 2020 as part of the Trust’s centenary celebrations, which saw the merger of the Tavistock Clinic Foundation and the Tavistock Charitable Fund. We are a CIO with a current board comprising a chair and eight trustees – four nominated by the NHS Trust and four independent trustees.

The charity supports the staff and services at the NHS Trust and we widen access to its world-class training through our burgeoning bursary programme. We are funded by legacies and grants.  

For more information on how you can support us, please contact us at charity@tavi-port.org