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
News and Events

“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


Professor Kahr’s Latest Book on Media Psychoanalysis.

On 31st May, 2023, Professor Brett Kahr’s seventeenth book will be published, entitled 

How to Be Intimate with 15,000,000 Strangers: Musings on Media Psychoanalysis.

This book describes the relationship between psychoanalysis and the media, and chronicles Kahr’s own work as a mental health broadcaster, having worked as Resident Psychotherapist at the British Broadcasting Corporation and having appeared on over 1,000 radio and television programmes over the years.

Publisher’s Website.

Amazon Website.

Professor Brett Kahr

This new publication appears in the “Psychoanalysis and Popular Culture Series”, edited by Professor Caroline Bainbridge and Professor Candida Yates, founder of “Media and the Inner World” – a project commissioned by the Arts Research Council, which has integrated mental health workers with cultural practitioners and academics.


“No one has done more to lead psychoanalysis out of the closet and into the hearts and minds of 15,000,000 – and counting – than the brilliant Professor Brett Kahr.  Readers are in for a treat, because he does so in beautiful, accessible language, never compromising theoretical or ethical rigour; a rare, impressive feat.”

Dr. Steven Kuchuck, Immediate Past President of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, and Faculty, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and the National Institute for the Psychotherapies. 


“This is a rare and special treat … a gem of a read.  Professor Brett Kahr combines his scintillating Freudian intellect with his forty years of experience, in radio and television, to put media itself on the couch, revealing a whole gamut of captivating insights.  An absolute delight!”

Dan Chambers, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Blink Films (one of Real Screen 100’s Top 5 Non-Scripted U.K. Indies) and former Director of Programmes, Channel Five Television.


“Brett Kahr invites us on his extraordinary journey of popularising psychoanalysis through the media.  Writing with clarity, humour, empathy, and great warmth about his long experience as the United Kingdom’s foremost media psychoanalyst, he details his adventures on television and radio as well as sharing wide-ranging reflections about celebrity culture and the history of mediated psychoanalysis.  Kahr thereby contributes enormously to dissolving the secretive aura of psychoanalysis while being deeply respectful to the boundaries of a private profession.  At a time where psychoanalysis through popular culture is more needed than ever, this book is essential reading for clinicians, academics, and anyone concerned about the shared future of humanity and psychoanalysis.”

Professor Jacob Johanssen, Associate Professor in Communications, St. Mary’s University, and author of Fantasy, Online Misogyny and the Manosphere and co-author of Media and Psychoanalysis:  A Critical Introduction.


How to Be Intimate with 15,000,000 Strangers:  Musings on Media Psychoanalysis makes a unique contribution to clinical media psychology.  Professor Brett Kahr has devoted his career to the dissemination of complex psychoanalytical concepts among the general public.  In this book, he uses creative and courageous means to demystify, destigmatise, and demarginalize psychoanalysis through his collaborations with the media.  Entertaining and educational, this work inspires psychotherapists and psychoanalysts to venture beyond the consulting room and to provide public outreach.”

Professor Caroline Sehon, Director of the International Psychotherapy Institute, and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School, as well as Executive Committee Board Member and Chair of the Committee on Community Psychoanalysis of the American Psychoanalytic Association.


“As Radio 2’s Resident Psychotherapist, Professor Brett Kahr was one of the first brave pioneers who championed mental health on the B.B.C.’s airways, thus fulfilling the B.B.C.’s remit to “inform, educate and entertain”.  His insights have paved the way to destigmatising mental illness and have forever changed the landscape of media psychoanalysis.”

Jenny Slater, Music Project Manager, European Broadcasting Union, B.B.C. Radio.

News and Events

The Contribution of Psychotherapy to Wider Social Change – Dr Susie Orbach

This Event is a part of the Therapy and Social Change Seminar Series

What can the world of psychotherapy and counselling contribute to wider social justice and progressive social change? Lynne Gabriel and Kate Smith interview one of the most socially influentially psychotherapists in the world, Dr Susie Orbach

Book your place at


‘Body uniformity is out of control – there’s no right way to have labia!’

Susie Orbach interviewed by Hephzibah Anderson

The psychotherapist on body hatred, what’s changed since she wrote Fat Is a Feminist Issue – and the smell of her clients

Costumes of Nudity

Faux Nudes in Fin de Siècle Photography


SUSIE ORBACH, Discussant


Monday, April 3, 2023, 7:30 pm

Heyman Center for the Humanities

Room B-201, Columbia University

For virtual participation, preregister here.



Liminal Spaces: Between No Longer and Not Yet

With Susie Orbach

Mofe info here


Weight Watchers wins when our diets fail – it won’t change society’s broken thinking around food

Susie Orbach

Guardian – March 16th 2023


We are all vulnerable: that’s where a new conversation about masculinity begins

Susie Orbach

Guardian 10th February 2023

The likes of Andrew Tate want to return to an imagined idyll in gender relations. It would be a disaster for everyone.

Can we think a bit more deeply about masculinity? Toxic masculinity has a certain usefulness and punch as a phrase. It expresses what some men put out into the world but it doesn’t address the whys deeply enough.

Continue reading here