Susie Orbach

Susie Orbach's interests as a psychoanalyst have centered on what psychoanalysis can bring to the public sphere and to social policy. Within psychoanalysis, her work is on the therapy relationship, the construction of femininity, coutnertransference, the body, and emotional literacy. Her first book: Fat is a Feminist Issue is now twenty-eight years old. There were three further books on eating problems, including Hunger Strike and On Eating, three on women's psychology with Luise Eichenbaum, and two collections of her Guardian columns What's Really Going on Here and Towards Emotional Literacy. She has also published a series of imagined stories from therapy told from the psychoanalyst's point of view called The Impossibility of Sex. In 1976 she co-founded The Women's Therapy Centre and in 1981 The Women's Therapy Centre Institute, a training institute in New York. She is a member of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility and ANTIDOTE, an organisation devoted to raising issues of emotional literacy in public space. She has a practice seeing individuals and couples and has consulted or is consulting to the Health Service, The World Bank and various international corporations. She has been visiting professor at the LSE since 1998.