The 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, 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.
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.