WTCI grew out of the second wave of feminism. In the
early 1970s the Women’s Movement was challenging many
existing intellectual and social paradigms. A group of
psychotherapists, including The WTCI’s founders, formed a
study group which came to recognize that an understanding
of women’s psychology needed to include, in addition to
the insights of psychoanalytic theory, the multiplicity
of ways culture impacts the development of personality.
From this group Luise Eichenbaum and Susie Orbach founded
The Women’s Therapy Centre in London, a charitable trust
(1976). Given the overwhelming response to the London
Centre Luise Eichenbaum, Susie Orbach, and Carol Bloom
co-founded The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute in New
York City in 1981.