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The distinguished American bibliophilic website,, has kindly chosen Professor Brett Kahr’s book on sexual fantasies, Who’s Been Sleeping in Your Head?:  The Secret World of Sexual Fantasies (New York:  Basic Books) – published in the United Kingdom as Sex and the Psyche (London:  Allen Lane / Penguin Books) – as one of its core titles.

In response, Professor Kahr has supplied brief reviews of his five favourite books on the “secret underbelly of sexual psychology”.

Please click on the following link:

The best books on the secret underbelly of sexual psychology

By Brett Kahr

Why am I passionate about this?

I have worked in the mental health profession for over forty years. Currently, I serve as Senior Fellow at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology in London, and as Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis and Mental Health at Regent’s University London, as well as Honorary Director of Research at the Freud Museum London. I also hold posts as Chair of the Scholars Committee of the British Psychoanalytic Council and as Honorary Fellow of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, and I have authored eighteen books and have served as series editor for some eighty-five further titles.  Read more…

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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

Full details and tickets at:


Hidden Histories of British Psychoanalysis:  From Freud’s Death Bed to Laing’s Missing Tooth

Professor Brett Kahr



The Balint Consultancy is delighted to announce that Professor Brett Kahr has just published his eighteenth book, entitled Hidden Histories of British Psychoanalysis:  From Freud’s Death Bed to Laing’s Missing Tooth, which appears as one of the inaugural titles in the “Freud Museum London Series”, published by Karnac Books.

On Friday, 17th November, 2023, at 4.00 p.m., Professor Kahr will have the opportunity to discuss this book “in conversation” with Susanna Abse, the former Chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council and a current Trustee of Freud Museum London, at Sigmund Freud’s old home at 20, Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX.

Here is the link to the event:

Freud’s 4 pm Session: Hidden Histories of British Psychoanalysis

And here is the link to the publisher’s website:

And here are the endorsements for the book, written by several esteemed members of the psychoanalytical community:


“Based upon painstaking archival research and personal interviews with the London glitterati of psychoanalysis (e.g., John Bowlby, Enid Balint, Pearl King, R.D. Laing), Brett Kahr, the most eloquent, enlightened, and entertaining historian of psychoanalysis, offers us yet another masterpiece.  Replete with luminous and dark glimpses into the development of psychoanalysis in the United Kingdom and into the virtuosity and whims, even madnesses, of his dramatis personae, Kahr’s book is as informative as it is a pleasure to read!”

Professor Salman Akhtar, M.D., Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Jefferson Medical College, and Training and Supervising Analyst, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, whose many books include Tales of Transformation:  A Life in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and, more recently, the multi-volume Selected Papers of Salman Akhtar.


“This is a very sneaky book.  Ostensibly it is a series of tales from the history of Anglophone psychoanalysis in the twentieth century.  But, in reality, it is a readable, often funny, account by the best historian of psychoanalysis of his generation, Brett Kahr.  As much autobiography as historical account, it shows what happens when a brilliant mind meets an intractable object.  The essay on the young student Brett Kahr and R. D. Laing’s missing tooth is itself worth the price of the volume, and has the possibility of becoming the classic essay on the pitfalls of celebrity.”

Professor Sander L. Gilman, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at Emory University, and author of numerous books, including Seeing the Insane:  A Cultural History of Madness and Art in the Western World and The Case of Sigmund Freud:  Medicine and Identity at the Fin de Siècle.


“Using storytelling, clinical and research tools, Brett Kahr’s sorcery brings to life several well-known personalities in the British psychoanalytic panoply – its “superstars” as well as its “bad boys”.  While profoundly respectful, Kahr’s thoughtful critique of rigorously sourced archival papers, oral history research, and personal interviews rewards the readers with much wisdom and inspiration from foundational figures of psychoanalysis.”

Professor Joan Raphael-Leff, Ph.D., Retired Professor of Psychoanalysis at University College London and at the University of Essex, and Leader of the Academic Faculty of Psychoanalytic Research at the Anna Freud Centre, whose many books include Between Sessions and Beyond the Couch, and, more recently, The Marion Milner Tradition:  Lines of Development:  The Evolution of Theory and Practice Over the Decades.


“Brett Kahr has earned a reputation as the eminent narrator and in-depth analyst of the vagaries and the most protracted motifs that animate the legacy of psychoanalysis.  In an engaging and well-documented fashion, Kahr takes us back to the contingent elements that, together, gave psychoanalysis in the United Kingdom its inescapable force and necessary radiance.  Kahr’s Hidden Histories is a labour of love that in its caring attentiveness humanises the great figures on whose shoulders it stands.  Highly readable and greatly enticing, this latest addition to the Freud Museum’s and Karnac’s new promising series, will speak to professionals, historians, and the wider public alike.”

Professor Orna Ophir, Ph.D., Associate Director of The DeWitt Wallace Institute for Psychiatry, Weill-Cornell Medical College, New York, and a Member of the History of Psychoanalysis Committee of the International Psychoanalytical Association, and author of Schizophrenia:  An Unfinished History.


Rubenesque is not a dirty word

Susie Orbach

How did the Flemish master’s pink, plump women become offensive to modern eyes? Blame Twiggy

The Daily Telegraph September 23rd 2023





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Professor Brett Kahr has recently appeared as a guest on the “Freud in Focus” podcast, sponsored by Freud Museum London, discussing his new book, Freud’s Pandemics:  Surviving Global War, Spanish Flu, and the Nazis, which served as the launch title of the new “Freud Museum London Series” of books on the history of psychoanalysis (Karnac Books, 2021).

Kahr enjoyed the privilege of speaking with Tom Derose, the co-host of the podcast and, also, the Research Manager of Freud Museum London, who co-founded the “Freud in Focus” series in 2021 with colleagues Jamie Ruers, the Events Manager, and Karolina Heller, the Photographer and Digital Media Producer.

This special “Bonus Episode” interview about Sigmund Freud’s iconic text Civilization and its Discontents, and about how Freud navigated the multiple pandemics of his own lifetime, can be accessed on the Freud Museum London website and, also, on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, and Audible.  Here is the link:

Group Analysis India

Talking Women & Bodies — Susie Orbach in conversation with Sarah Benamer (& Yasmin Paul)

Playlist of current and previous talks. See video number 10.


One to One

Crying: Keith Brymer-Jones talks to Susie Orbach

BBC Radio 4
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“Psychotherapy at Play”

with Dr Susie Orbach

Medical Psychotherapy Trainees and Trainers Conference 2023 – “Psychotherapy at Play”

Friday 26th May, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham

We are excited that the 2023 Medical Psychotherapy Trainees and Trainers Conference is fast approaching. It promises to be an interesting and inspiring day featuring a rich diversity of renowned speakers. Programme highlights include Dr Susie Orbach, the world acclaimed psychotherapist and author, in conversation about her work and her writing; Prof Adrian Sutton, Director of the Squiggle Foundation, speaking about the importance of play in his work with children and adolescents; Dr Haroula Konstantinidou on relational prescribing and Dr Simon Heyland on the use of language in working with medically unexplained symptoms.

This year for the first time we are hosting a collaborative conference, organised jointly by medical psychotherapy trainees and PsychArt, a trainee-led organisation celebrating the arts in psychiatry.  We are pleased to be able to welcome professionals working in or interested in the disciplines of Psychotherapy, Psychiatry and the Arts as well as offering a great discounted rate for students. 

We are pleased to invite submissions for an art competition where we encourage you to express what being alive means for you. All artistic media are welcome. 

Book your tickets here before they sell out as places are limited. 

We look forward to welcoming you,

The Conference Committee 2023 and PsychArt