Dr Susie Orbach video interview on Psychoanalysis

Renowned relational psychoanalyst and social critic Susie Orbach discusses the evolution of her clinical work within the wider political context.

Dr Susie Orbach on Psychoanalysis

Information about the full video

  • Why The Women’s Therapy Centre was important
  • Helping patients get curious about themselves
  • Countertransference, and the skill of feeding it back to the patient
  • Working relationally
  • A clinical example of somatic countertransference
  • Intellectual influences, read through a gendered lens
  • Therapy is not propaganda: the limits on bringing your social critique into the consulting room
  • The current political landscape, and Fifty Shades of Feminism

Susie explores these topics with examples from her own experience, challenging notions of psychotherapy being a set of tools and techniques, and foregrounding the importance of a dual focus: being with the patient, and becoming aware of bodily and emotional experiences of countertransference. This interview with a master practitioner and thinker at the top of her game will be useful for practitioners and students from all modalities.

Author Bio

Susie Orbach is a psychoanalyst and writer whose interests have centred around feminism and psychoanalysis, the construction of femininity and gender, globalization & body image, emotional literacy and psychoanalysis and the public sphere.

She co-founded The Women’s Therapy Centre in London in 1976 and The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute, New York in 1981. Her numerous publications include the classic Fat is a Feminist Issue, along with other such influential texts as Hunger Strike, What Do Women Want (with Luise Eichenbaum), The Impossibility of Sex and her latest book Bodies.

Susie has been a consultant to the World Bank, the NHS and Unilever. She is a founder member of ANTIDOTE, (working for emotional literacy) and Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility and is convenor of Endangered Bodies the organisation campaigning against body hatred.

She is former chair of the Relational School in the UK and has a clinical practice seeing individuals and couples.

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