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Thursday, 7 March

Beyond the Couch: Psychoanalyst Perspectives with Susie Orbach

The Brent Centre presents an enlightening evening with Susie Orbach, where we’ll delve into fascinating psychoanalyst perspectives.


Freud Museum London 20 Maresfield Gardens London NW3 5SX

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Freud Museum – Special Event


Freud Museum London takes great pleasure in inviting you to join us for a very special event.

Distinguished Freudian practitioner and historian of psychoanalysis, Professor Brett Kahr, will deliver a unique talk about what we might learn from the genius of Sigmund Freud and how that might help us through this extremely challenging period of world history.

Please join us.

Sigmund Freud died in in the autumn of 1939, literally eighty years before the outbreak of the current coronavirus pandemic.

Although Freud did not have to navigate this chilling global crisis, he did survive the First World War, the so-called Spanish Flu, and, also, the deadly Nazi occupation of Austria. In consequence, he might well have had some important lessons to bequeath to us on how we might remain robust during these terrifying times.

In this special webinar, Professor Brett Kahr, a long-standing Trustee of Freud Museum London and author of several books on the father of psychoanalysis, will explore how Freud handled his own life-threatening challenges, how he remained creative and productive throughout illness and war, and how he forged a community of supporters who protected and enriched him and whom he supported likewise. Professor Kahr will also consider how Freud’s theories, especially those of the early 1920s – a full century ago – can help us to understand the widespread prevalence of denial and disavowal of the traumatic reality of our present-day lives.

Professor Brett Kahr is Senior Fellow at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology in London, as well as Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis and Mental Health in the Regent’s School of Psychotherapy and Psychology at Regent’s University London. He also holds the post of Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University, linked to the Centre for the Study of Conflict, Emotion and Social Justice. Kahr first worked at the Freud Museum back in 1986, and, subsequently, he became one of the museum’s Trustees. His books include Life Lessons from Freud; Coffee with Freud; and, most recently, Dangerous Lunatics: Trauma, Criminality, and Forensic Psychotherapy (newly released by Confer Books). He is currently completing an intellectual biography of Freud for the “Routledge Historical Biographies” series.

Please note: bookings will close one day prior to the event. Ticket holders will be emailed the access details 24 hours before the talk begins.

If you are unable to attend the live event, not to worry, a recording will be made available to ticket holders which can be accessed for 10 days. Access codes will be sent automatically 24 hours after the close of the talk.

To book, please visit the Freud Museum website.

Text and Image credit: Freud Museum London

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11th September at 3.00pm Covid-19 and psyche: what are we learning? With Susie Orbach

An online fundraising talk by Susie Orbach for the Freud Museum, London

11 September, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm



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19 September, 2:00 pm – 27 September, 5:00 pm. Freud Museum

Capitalist Materialism and its Fall-Out

Capitalist Materialism and its Fall-Out

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Susie Orbach becomes a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature

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On 24th June 2019, the Royal Society of Literature inducted Dr. Susie Orbach into its prestigious, distinguished fellowship.

This is without doubt the highest honour in the literary world, and it is wonderful that Susie has become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She has made a landmark contribution to literature in so many ways.

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Susanna Abse Making Films for Channel 4 News

In July 2019, Susanna began a new venture making short films for Channel 4 News exploring our current political, personal and social struggles in a climate of uncertainty and great division. The series is called Britain on the Couch and so far Susanna has interviewed people and politicians across the country on her purple couch from Grimsby to London. One of the first films, focussed on the feelings of two men working in the fishing industry and more recently Susanna interviewed Tom Watson, the deputy leader of the Labour Party about his life, Brexit and his feelings around the botched Operation Midland investigation into historic childhood sexual abuse.

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Susie Orbach On Climate Change

On 11th October 2019 Susie Orbach spoke at the Extinction Rebellion’s XR Writer’s Event in Traflagar Square, London.

She previously contributed a chapter entitled “Climate Sorrow” to This Is Not A Drill, published by Penguin Random House, 2019.

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Susie Orbach And Esther Perel Speaking About The Process of Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is increasingly part of people’s lives as they work through trauma, relationship breakdown and behavioural problems.  As a private and confidential process how do we let people know what therapy is like?

And why do we need therapy?

Why is the couple important to family life?

Why does listening matter?

These and other questions are considered by Susie Orbach and Esther Perel, therapists and writers who are at the forefront of demystifying the process of therapy.

Here is a BBC interview with them.

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October 31st 11.00am-Midday Professor Brett Kahr

“When mummy wants you to die” can infanticidal wishes be survived ?

Presented by Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training

A one hour ZOOM special event reading with Professor Brett Kahr Please note events are live stream only they are not recorded

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About this Event

About the event 

Do some parents really hope that their children will die?

Although Sigmund Freud wrote extensively about death wishes in the family, he devoted far more attention to the child’s desire to kill the parent and, also, any unwanted siblings, rather than upon the parent’s desire to murder the child. Donald Winnicott elaborated upon parental death wishes, especially in his classic essay “Hate in the Counter-Transference”, albeit rather briskly. Building upon these foundational psychoanalytical contributions, Brett Kahr will draw upon his work with psychotic and forensic patients and, also, with normal-neurotic individuals, to explore the many ways in which maternal and paternal death wishes and death threats towards babies and children become internalised over time and, ultimately, contribute to the development of severe psychopathology. 

In this special event for the Wimbledon Guild, Professor Kahr will explore the concept of the “infanticidal attachment”, examining how early death threats can damage the very foundations of the ego structure, resulting in psychosis, suicidality, criminality, severe eating problems, life-threatening addictions, and a host of other extreme psychological states. Drawing upon extensive case material, he will consider how intensive, long-term psychoanalytically orientated treatment can contribute to the neutralisation of such toxic “infanticidal introjects”.

The speaker

Professor Brett Kahr has worked in the mental health profession for over forty years. He is Senior Fellow at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology in London, and, also, Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis and Mental Health in the Regent’s School of Psychotherapy and Psychology at Regent’s University London. He is, additionally, a Trustee of the Freud Museum London and of Freud Museum Publications, and, also, a Trustee of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, as well as Chair of the Scholars Committee of the British Psychoanalytic Council.

Author of fifteen books, including the best-selling Sex and the Psyche, as well as the popular books Tea with Winnicott and Coffee with Freud, he has also served as series editor for sixty further titles. His most recent books include: Bombs in the Consulting Room: Surviving Psychological Shrapnel; Celebrity Mad: Why Otherwise Intelligent People Worship Fame; and Dangerous Lunatics: Trauma, Criminality, and Forensic Psychotherapy.

He works full-time in independent practice and as a Consultant Psychotherapist to The Balint Consultancy.

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