brett-large-colourProfessor Brett Kahr has worked in the mental health field for over thirty-five years.  He is Senior Fellow at Tavistock Relationships, Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology in London, and also Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the Centre for Child Mental Health, as well as Consultant in Psychology to The Bowlby Centre, also in London.  He holds registration as a psychotherapist of both adults and, also couples in the British Psychoanalytic Council and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.

A former Chair of both the Society of Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists and of the British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors, he serves as Series Co-editor of “The Library of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis”.  An experienced teacher, he has lectured on psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, psychopathology, and related subjects since 1979, he has held the Richard William Hopkins Memorial Scholar at Cornell University, a University Fellowship at Yale University, and has been a Visiting Scholar at Emory University.

He currently teaches in the Regent’s School of Psychotherapy and Psychology at Regent’s University London.  He has a long-standing interest in disseminating psychological ideas through the media, having served for several years as Resident Psychotherapist on BBC Radio 2 and as Spokesperson for the BBC mental health campaign “Life 2 Live”.  In recognition of this work he became Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Roehampton in 2009 and consultant to the Arts and Humanities Research Council network “Media and the Inner World”.

A trained historian as well as a clinician, he serves as Trustee of the Freud Museum London and of Freud Museum Publications.  Brett Kahr has published eight books and has served as series editor for more than fifty other titles in such diverse fields as forensic psychotherapy, couple psychoanalysis, and the history of psychoanalysis.  His solo-authored books include the first biography of the psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott, which won the Gradiva Prize for Biography, as well as Sex and the Psyche, published by Penguin Books, which became a Waterstone’s Non-Fiction Bestseller.  He has lectured at many clinical and academic institutions as well as cultural organisations, including:  BAFTA (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts), the BBC, the Criminal Bar Association, Glyndebourne Opera, the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the South Bank Centre, the Royal Courts of Justice, the Royal Opera House, the Science Museum, Tate Modern, and the Wellcome Collection.

He works with both individuals and couples from his private practice in Hampstead, North London where he maintains a special interest in effecting long-term characterological change.

You can contact Brett on

The Balint Consultancy

T: 020 3151 9606