Mark Linington

Psychoanalyst, The John Bowlby Centre

 Mark Linington is an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist working with children and adults (UKCP reg.) with The Bowlby Centre in London, UK. At The Bowlby Centre, he is Chair of the executive committee, a training therapist, clinical supervisor, teacher and research lead. He worked for 12 years in the UK National Health Service as a psychotherapist with children and adults with intellectual disabilities, who experienced complex trauma and abuse.

He works currently as a consultant psychotherapist and supervisor for the Clinic for Dissociative Studies, specialising in work with people with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and other complex aspects of trauma. He is a psychotherapist at a secondary school in London for young people with special needs, including autism, ADHD and other physical and intellectual disabilities. He works in private practice with children, adults and families. His special interests include how to apply the findings of research in attachment theory to different areas of work: in individual and group psychotherapy, with families, and in work with professional systems and organisations.

He is also interested in how to make therapeutic help more accessible to those people who are sometimes excluded from such emotional and relational support, such as people with intellectual disabilities. He has published several papers about his clinical work and has presented his work at a number of conferences. He is currently working on the application of the Circle of Security™ (Powell et. al. 2014) and the work of attachment-based systems (Heard, Lake & McCluskey, 2009 and McCluskey, 2005) to psychotherapeutic work with children and adults.   


Powell, B., Cooper, G., Hoffman, K., & Marvin, B. (2014). The Circle of Security Intervention. New York: Guildford Press.

Heard, D., Lake, B., & McCluskey, U. (2009). Attachment Therapy with Adolescents and Adults. London: Karnac.

McCluskey, U. (2005). To Be Met as a Person. London: Karnac.


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