The Institute of Psychoanalysis welcomes welcomes enquiries from the media and can provide media professionals with a quick and authoritative response.
Specialist spokespeople are available to comment on psychoanalytic matters but also on many wider issues affecting society today, from young people’s issues such as self-harm and eating disorders, personal issues such as relationships and sexuality, violence and problem behaviour.
They can also offer a psychoanalytic perspective on aspects of contemporary culture such as arts, literature and film.
Media researchers may also make use of the Institute’s archive and library, a rich research resource including the works of many significant figures in the field and 22,000 volumes from the mid 19th century to the present.
For media enquiries or to arrange interviews, contact:
Dr Robin Anderson
Dr. Anderson is a Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis and a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist. He was formally head of the Adolescent Department at the Tavistock Clinic. He works in private practice in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy for children and adults, is a Visiting Lecturer at the Tavistock Clinic and provides a consultancy to adolescent services.
Specialist areas: Issues involving children and young people, in particular the assessment and treatment of children and young people following abuse, neglect or post-adoption. Neurotic and behavioural disorders in young people such as suicide, self-harm and eating disorders. Adolescent development and its problems. Counselling parents of disturbed children or adolescents. Problems of providing psychoanalytic treatment in the public sector. Ethical issues in psychoanalytic treatments.
Bell has a background in psychology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis. A practicing adult psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, and a Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis, he is director of Fitzjohn’s Unit a specialist unit for serious psychological disorders at the Tavistock Clinic. He lectures and writes extensively on a variety of subjects including psychosis, personality disorder, suicide, trauma and psychoanalytic perspectives on culture and politics. He is a training and supervising analyst, and Chair of the Scientific Committee of the British Psychoanalytical Society; he also chairs a study group on philosophy and psychoanalysis.
Specialist areas: General psychoanalysis, mental illness, suicide, personality disorder, NHS and the public sector, the debate psychoanalysis vs cognitive behavioural therapy. The relationship between psychoanalysis and culture (film, literature, theatre), philosophy, Freud, psychoanalysis and politics, psychoanalysis and society, the work of Klein and Bion.
Brearley has had a varied career including being a university philosophy lecturer, captain of Middlesex and England cricket teams, a cricket writer and journalist, and a nursing assistant at a clinic for disturbed adolescents. He qualified as a psychoanalyst in 1985, is a Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis, and now works full-time in private practice in London.
Specialist areas: sport, rivalry, leadership, motivation. Psychoanalysis and literature, psychoanalysis and philosophy.
A psychoanalyst working in private practice in London. She is a training and supervising analyst and a Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis. She regularly teaches and supervises in Europe, Latin America and the USA. She lectures in psychoanalytic theory at University College London, where she also co-ordinates the Freud Seminars and seminars on sexuality. She has edited Psychoanalytic Understanding of Violence and Suicide, Dreaming and Thinking and Time and Memory. She has written Time, Space and Phantasy, to be published in The New Library of Psychoanalysis in June 2008.
Specialist areas: borderline psychopathology, hysteria, violence, sexuality. Dreaming, daydreaming. Psychoanalysis and Latin American literature.
A Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis and Honorary Secretary of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He is the founding editor of Psychoanalysis and History and the book review editor of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis and has published extensively in the major psychoanalytic journals. He has edited several works on cinema and psychoanalysis and is chair of the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival and of a programme of films and discussions at the ICA. He works as a psychoanalyst and supervisor in London, as well as lecturing at University College London and Regent’s College.
Specialist areas: psychoanalysis and cinema, the history of psychoanalysis.
A psychoanalyst in private practice and a Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis. He is Clinical Director of the Adult Department of the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust and a consultant for a wide range of organisations.
Specialist areas: psychoanalytic work in the NHS and public sector, work with personality disorder, couples and relationships, adolescents, parenting. The application of psychoanalysis, e.g. in organisations and institutions, management, training for front line workers (nurses, social workers etc), politics and current affairs, art and theatre.