Salman Akhtar

Who wouldn’t want to see their work brought out by a publishing house that is editorially intelligent, aesthetically sophisticated, and marketing-wise smart?

Salman Akhtar, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He has served on the editorial boards of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the Psychoanalytic Quarterly. His nearly 400 publications include 99 books, of which the following 20 are solo-authored: Broken Structures (1992), Quest for Answers (1995), Inner Torment (1999), Immigration and Identity (1999), New Clinical Realms (2003), Objects of Our Desire (2005), Regarding Others (2007), Turning Points in Dynamic Psychotherapy (2009), The Damaged Core (2009), Comprehensive Dictionary of Psychoanalysis (2009), Immigration and Acculturation (2011), Matters of Life and Death (2011), The Book of Emotions (2012), Psychoanalytic Listening (2013), Good Stuff (2013), Sources of Suffering (2014), No Holds Barred (2016), A Web of Sorrow (2017), Mind, Culture, and Global Unrest (2018), and Silent Virtues (2019).

Dr Akhtar has delivered many prestigious invited lectures including a Plenary Address at the 2nd International Congress of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders in Oslo, Norway (1991), an Invited Plenary Paper at the 2nd International Margaret S. Mahler Symposium in Cologne, Germany (1993), an Invited Plenary Paper at the Rencontre Franco-Americaine de Psychanalyse meeting in Paris, France (1994), a Keynote Address at the 43rd IPA Congress in Rio de Janiero, Brazil (2005), the Plenary Address at the 150th Freud Birthday Celebration sponsored by the Dutch Psychoanalytic Society and the Embassy of Austria in Leiden, Holland (2006), and the Inaugural Address at the first IPA-Asia Congress in Beijing, China (2010).

Dr Akhtar is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Edith Sabshin Award (2000), Columbia University’s Robert Liebert Award for Distinguished Contributions to Applied Psychoanalysis (2004), the American Psychiatric Association’s Kun Po Soo Award (2004) and Irma Bland Award for being the Outstanding Teacher of Psychiatric Residents in the country (2005). He received the highly prestigious Sigourney Award (2012) for distinguished contributions to psychoanalysis. In 2103, he gave the Commencement Address at graduation ceremonies of the Smith College School of Social Work in Northampton, MA.

Dr Akhtar’s books have been translated into many languages, including German, Italian, Korean, Persian, Romanian, Serbian, Spanish, and Turkish. A true Renaissance man, Dr Akhtar has served as the Film Review Editor for The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, and is currently serving as the Book Review Editor for the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies. He has published 9 collections of poetry and serves as a Scholar-in-Residence at the Inter-Act Theatre Company in Philadelphia.

Roger Amos

Phoenix Publishing House were very encouraging from the initial contact I had with them, prepared to take an interest in a first-time author with little experience of the publishing world outside the confines of scientific papers. They have remained supportive and creative in devising ways to bring the project to completion.

Roger Amos, MA Cantab, MD, FRCPath, is a retired doctor, a haematologist, who spent his working life in east London but now lives in Edinburgh. He has a longstanding interest in portraiture, both as an artist himself and as a subject. His wife is a psychoanalyst and he has lived on the fringes of the analytic world for many years. He was initially asked by the Melanie Klein Trust to write a piece about Melanie Klein and the sculptor Oscar Nemon for the Trust website but this rapidly expanded into a comprehensive review of all the attempts by photographers, painters, and sculptors to portray this elusive woman, whose attitude to this particular art form was deeply ambivalent. He has a professional interest in genetic disease, particularly sickle cell disease, but is also interested in ethical issues as they affect medicine and psychoanalysis.

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Daniel Anderson

I chose Phoenix Publishing House because it was recommended to me by an established and highly regarded publisher that has changed its remit. I have experienced Phoenix’s independence in the field of psychotherapy as personable, expert, and timely.

Dr Daniel Anderson is a consultant psychiatrist, group analyst, and medical psychodynamic psychotherapist. He works part-time at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in the psycho-oncology service, and part-time in private practice in Manchester and Chester. He initially specialised into old age psychiatry before moving into consultation-liaison psychiatry. He is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Institute of Group Analysis, the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, and the British Psychoanalytic Council. His areas of research interests include mental health in relation to sexuality and gender; the mental health of clinicians; the training of doctors and psychotherapists; and the use of psychological therapies in old age and liaison psychiatry. He has held substantive and honorary academic positions at the University of Central Lancashire, Bangor University, and the Institute of Mental Health (University of Nottingham). He was the medical director of The Retreat independent mental health hospital in York for three years until 2016.

Dr Anderson’s forthcoming book – The Body of the Group: Discourses of Sexuality and Gender in Group Analysis – is due to be published in the summer of 2021. Further details will follow nearer the time.

Charles Ashbach

We chose Phoenix Publishing House because we knew from Kate Pearce’s and Fernando Marques’ work at Karnac that we and our manuscript would be in good hands.

Charles Ashbach, PhD, obtained his bachelor of science degree from Saint Joseph’s University. He obtained his master’s and doctoral degrees from Temple University and completed a postdoctoral training from the Washington School of Psychiatry. For over 35 years, Dr Ashbach has been on a psychotherapy journey spanning a wide spectrum of theoretical orientations, leading him ever deeper into the study, treatment, and mysteries of the mind.

Dr Ashbach is co-author of the book Object Relations, the Self and the Group, a study of group dynamics in light of internal objects and narcissism. He is the author of numerous articles and publications.

He is chair of the Philadelphia chapter of the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) and founding faculty member of the national IPI system.

He has been active in teaching and training therapists throughout the United States and Europe for many years and has sought to bring a more dynamic, creative and imaginative approach to the difficulties involved in becoming an alive co-traveller in the therapeutic enterprise.

Ferhat Atik

Phoenix is a highly dynamic publishing house that follows the adventure of the book to the end. The experienced management team is the best of the best. Phoenix is a successful, selective publishing house with an elite portfolio. Therefore, I am proud to work with Phoenix – even in pre-press work, Phoenix has shown punctuality and speed. I feel safe with Phoenix.

Ferhat Atik is a Turkish Cypriot writer, scriptwriter, and director. Having lectured on economics, media, literature, and cinema at doctorate level and having published articles in newspapers and journals, Ferhat Atik then became a producer and TV and radio host. He has published many articles, several novels, and various film scripts.

Silk Road, Autumn, Toy Car, Double Port, When There is Still Time, Kingdom of Lambousa, and After Tomorrow are among his published works. Ferhat Atik has directed and written screenplays for short films which have appeared in international film festivals, particularly in Italy, India, and the Far East. His full-length feature film, The Key, based on his own novel Autumn, premiered at the 48th International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival and was then shown at the 31st Istanbul Film Festival in 2012. Ferhat Atik teaches creative writing and screenwriting at Girne American University and he is the owner of the Golden Pen award of Turkey, 2018.

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Lene Auestad

Phoenix is small enough to have a personal touch, while being ambitious in their reach and representing the best of a long-standing tradition in psychoanalytic publishing.

Dr Lene Auestad holds a PhD in Philosophy from the Ethics Programme, University of Oslo. She writes and lectures internationally on ethics, critical theory and psychoanalysis, with a particular focus on prejudice, racism, discrimination, trauma and nationalism. She is an Associate Member of the Norwegian Psychoanalytical Society.

She is the author of Respect, Plurality, and Prejudice: A Psychoanalytical and Philosophical Enquiry into the Dynamics of Social Exclusion and Discrimination (Karnac 2015), and the editor of Psychoanalysis and Politics: Exclusion and the Politics of Representation (Karnac 2012), Nationalism and the Body Politic: Psychoanalysis and the Rise of Ethnocentrism and Xenophobia (Karnac 2014), Shared Traumas, Silent Loss, Public and Private Mourning (Karnac 2017), and, with Amal Treacher Kabesh, Traces of Violence and Freedom of Thought (Palgrave 2017).

In 2010 she founded the international and interdisciplinary conference series Psychoanalysis and Politics (, which aims to address how crucial contemporary political issues may be fruitfully analysed through psychoanalytic theory and vice versa – how political phenomena may reflect back on psychoanalytic thinking. The series continues to this day, with annual conferences in different European countries.

Dr Auestad’s forthcoming book for Phoenix – Affects in Contemporary Politics: Stereotypes and Rehumanisation – is due out in Spring 2021. Further details will follow nearer the time.

Christopher Bollas

Phoenix is a publishing house for writers … an increasingly rare reality in our times.

Christopher Bollas is a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies, and Honorary Member of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He is a member of ESGUT, the European Study Group of Unconscious Thought.

Matthew H. Bowker

While Phoenix is, in one sense, a ‘new’ press, its editorial leadership, its core values, and its audiences represent the best of a long-standing tradition of excellence in psychoanalytic publishing.

Matthew H. Bowker is a professor in political science at Medaille College in Buffalo, New York, where he teaches courses in psychoanalytic theory, political philosophy, ethics, and more. He holds degrees from Columbia University and the University of Maryland, College Park and recently (2018) completed a Fulbright grant. He is the author or editor of eleven books — including a volume on the psychoanalysis of Hikikomori and severe social withdrawal (forthcoming from Phoenix) — and several dozen articles and chapters on psychoanalysis and politics. He serves as editor (North America) of the Journal of Psychosocial Studies, co-editor of the Psychoanalytic Political Theory book series (Routledge), and sits on numerous editorial and advisory boards.

Ira Brenner

I chose to work with Phoenix Publishing Company because it is large enough to provide the best in editorial support, publishing quality, and marketing, but small enough to provide the personal attention I need for my writing projects.

Ira Brenner, MD, is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, where he was formerly the Director of the Adult Psychotherapy Training Program.

In private practice, Dr Brenner treats patients of all ages at his office in Bala Cynwyd, PA. With a special interest in the area of psychological trauma, Dr Brenner lectures worldwide and has co-edited two special issues of the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies where he is associate editor of the trauma studies section. He has authored over 90 publications, including five books: Dark Matters: Exploring the Realm of Psychic Devastation (Karnac, 2014), Injured Men: Trauma, Healing, and the Masculine Self (Rowman and Littlefield, 2009), Psychic Trauma: Dynamics, Symptoms, and Treatment (Jason Aronson, 2004), Dissociation of Trauma: Theory, Phenomenology, and Technique (IUP, 2001), and The Last Witness: The Child Survivor of the Holocaust (co-authored with Judith Kestenberg, APA, 1996).

In 2008, Dr Brenner received the President’s Award from the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia for extraordinary service. He is also the recipient of the Gratz Research Prize from Jefferson for work on the Holocaust; the Bruno Lima Award in Disaster Psychiatry; the Piaget Writing Award for his 2001 book Dissociation of Trauma; and the Gradiva Award for his 2009 book Injured Men.

Dr Brenner’s forthcoming book for Phoenix – Room for Pain: Fractured Selves, Faded Memories, and Future Possibilities – is due out in early 2022. Further details will follow nearer the time.

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Kate Brown

Publishing with Phoenix was a very obvious choice as Phoenix is possibly the leading independent publishing house in the area of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy and offers a great service to its writers.

Kate Brown is a Bowlby Centre trained, UKCP-registered, attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist who started her career in therapeutic communities working with adults with a variety of mental health difficulties, and with adolescents individually and in groups. She has worked with young mothers and in mainstream community psychiatric services with patients’ families. She has also provided time-limited therapy with former servicemen who had experienced complex trauma. She has taught at the Bowlby Centre and has also delivered freelance training. Kate completed an MSc in psychotherapeutic approaches in mental health in 2012. Kate is a former member of the Attachment journal group, former chair of the clinical forum at the Bowlby Centre, and PhD candidate at Middlesex University’s Centre for Psychoanalysis. Kate is also on the executive committee of the International Attachment Network (UK). Kate is in private practice in Bournemouth.

Kate’s forthcoming book for Phoenix – Love in the Wilderness – is due out in Summer 2022. Further details will follow nearer the time.

Listen here to Kate in conversation with Andy Farnell in “Mental health, technology and coronavirus | The Good Stuff, Episode 1”.

Halina Brunning


We chose Phoenix Publishing first, because they publish books within the psychoanalytic tradition and second, being small in size they are able to build strong relationships with their authors, which makes them more responsive to author’s queries and concerns, enables the authors to have a more personal relationship with them, and is supportive of their future work.

Halina Brunning is a chartered clinical psychologist, freelance organisational consultant, and accredited executive coach. She has published extensively on clinical and organisational issues, and edited several books for Karnac, including Executive Coaching: Systems-Psychodynamic Perspective (2006), translated into Italian in 2009. Between 2010 and 2014 she conceived of and edited a trilogy of books, which analyses the contemporary world through a psychoanalytic lens: “Psychoanalytic Perspectives on a Turbulent World”.

Ann Casement


I had given a keynote presentation on the Phoenix at Yokohama a couple of years ago. That, combined with a trusted colleague’s highly favourable recommendation of Kate and Fernando, was all I needed to convince me to accept the kind offer to publish with them.

Ann Casement is a senior member of the British Jungian Analytic Association, an associate member of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association (New York), a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology, British Psychoanalytic Council, British Psychological Society, a founder member of the International Neuro-Psychoanalytical Association, and a New York State Licensed Psychoanalyst. She worked for several years in psychiatry from the late 1970s. She has lectured worldwide, published several books, and contributes articles and reviews to The Economist as well as to international psychoanalytic journals.

Nina Coltart

Nina Coltart was born in London in 1927 and passed away in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire in 1997. She read Modern Languages at Somerville College, Oxford, but went on to train as a doctor, qualifying in 1957 at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. After qualification, she worked as a psychiatrist but found more interest in her patients’ emotions and experiences than medical conditions. Thus, in 1961, she set up in private practice as a psychotherapist, concurrently training as a psychoanalyst with the British Psychoanalytical Society. She qualified in 1964 as an associate member, became a full member in 1969, and a training analyst in the Independent Group in 1971.

She was an active member of the international psychoanalytic community, teaching and lecturing and also helping to administer various psychotherapy trainings, but she also extended the influence of analytic ideas outside that world. She taught extensively for the British Society on a series of courses, especially those concerned with questions of assessment and analysability. She built up an extensive consultation and referral service, concentrating on diagnosis and assessment for analytical therapy and for psychoanalysis. From 1972 to 1982, she was Director of the London Clinic, which interviews and assesses potential training cases for students of the British Society. She was Vice-President of the British Society and Chairman of its Board and Council from 1984 to 1987. She retired in 1994.

She published a few papers in psychotherapy journals and three books: Slouching Towards Bethlehem… And Further Psychoanalytic Explorations (1992), How to Survive as a Psychotherapist (1993), and The Baby and the Bathwater (1996). All three books are to be reissued by Phoenix in October 2020.

Coline Covington

The birth of Phoenix can only be celebrated as it resurrects the editorial engagement and personal care that has largely disappeared from academic publishing houses.

Coline Covington, PhD, BPC received her BA in Political Philosophy from Princeton and then moved to the UK where she received her Diploma in Criminology from Cambridge and her PhD in Sociology from LSE. She worked for nearly ten years as a consultant with criminal justice agencies throughout England and set up the first UK mediation project between victims and juvenile offenders with the Metropolitan Police in London.

Coline is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology and the British Psychotherapy Foundation and former Chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council. She is a Fellow of International Dialogue Initiative (IDI), a think tank formed by Professor Vamık Volkan, Lord Alderdice, and Dr Robi Friedman to apply psychoanalytic concepts in resolving political conflict.

From 2011 to 2013, Coline was Visiting Research Fellow in International Politics and Development at the Open University and Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.

Coline’s publications include Terrorism and War: Unconscious Dynamics of Political Violence (Karnac, 2002), Shrinking the News: Headline Stories on the Couch (Karnac, 2014), Sabina Spielrein: Forgotten Pioneer of Psychoanalysis (2nd edition, Routledge, 2015), and Everyday Evils: A Psychoanalytic View of Evil and Morality (Routledge, 2017).

Her new book for Phoenix – Bravery and Belonging: What it Means to be “True to Oneself” – will be released in November 2021. Further details will follow nearer publication.

Coline is in private practice in London.

Ana de Staal

Ana de Staal is a psychoanalyst, member of the Freudian Psychoanalysis Society (SPF), and psychosomatist. Former editor-in-chief at the review Chimères, founded by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, she now runs Éditions d’Ithaque in France. She has translated and published the French editions of most of W. R. Bion’s seminars, as well as the works of important authors of contemporary psychoanalysis, such as Thomas Ogden, Antonino Ferro, Christopher Bollas, Martin Bergmann, and André Green. She works in privative practice in Paris.

Barbara Dowds


I chose to publish with Phoenix Publishing House because it is an independent publisher dedicated to serious works on psychotherapy; in particular I am impressed by the ‘Therapist’s Guide’ series which provides an introduction to various themes in development, clinical issues and therapeutic approaches without watering the topics down.

Barbara Dowds, PhD, is a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist in the Dublin area. She teaches on the BSc in counselling and psychotherapy and is director of the MA in integrative psychotherapy in the Personal Counselling Institute (PCI College). For seven years she was on the editorial board of the Irish psychotherapy journal, Eisteach. Barbara was a senior lecturer in molecular genetics at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, until 2002 when she changed careers and began practising as a psychotherapist.

Richard G. Erskine

It is an honour and pleasure to be working closely with Phoenix Publishing House on a new book. As an author who has published with a variety of other publishers, I can say that the encouragement and support that I have received from the editors at Phoenix Publishing House is outstanding. I look forward to a continued relationship with Phoenix. With appreciation, Dr. Richard G. Erskine.

Richard G. Erskine, PhD, Training Director at the Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy, is a clinical psychologist with five decades of experience in the clinical practice and teaching of psychotherapy. He has specialised in the treatment of severely disturbed children, run a therapeutic community in a maximum security prison, and conducted his psychotherapy practice in New York City specialising in the treatment of obsession, dissociation, narcissism, schizoid processes.

In 1972, as a professor at the University of Illinois, Dr Erskine developed the initial concepts of a developmentally based, relationally focused integrative psychotherapy. By 1976 he established the Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy in New York City and, along with members of the Professional Development Seminars, continued the development, research and refinement of a relational and integrative psychotherapy. Each year Dr Erskine teaches formal courses and experiential workshops on the theory and methods in several countries around the world. He is a licensed psychoanalyst, certified transactional analyst, internationally recognised Gestalt therapist, and a certified group psychotherapist. He is the author of eight books and numerous articles on the practice of psychotherapy. Some of the articles are available on his website.

M. Hossein Etezady

I was impressed with the fondness and confidence expressed by one of the most exciting and prolific authors of our time in contemporary psychoanalysis, from his personal experience in working with you.

Dr Etezady is a child psychoanalyst in private practice. He is specialised and certified in both adult as well as child and adolescent psychiatry and a fellow of the American Board of Psychoanalysis. He was born and raised in Isfahan, Iran and graduated from Isfahan Medical School in 1962. He has worked in multiple settings of inpatient, outpatient, and consultation psychiatric services treating children, adolescents, and adults.

For the past four decades he has served as the moderator, coordinator, contributor and is current senior co-chair of the Vulnerable Child Discussion Group of the American Psychoanalytic Association and until 2009, at the annual meetings of The Association for Child Psychoanalysis. Dr Etezady is a board member of the Margaret S. Mahler Child Development Foundation and a faculty member of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. His publications include clinical, theoretical, and research work in child and adult psychoanalysis. His recent writings include updated psychoanalytic perspectives on topics including development of the self, narcissism in pathology and normality, faith and transformation, creativity and play.

Since 2007, he has served as the head of the faculty and the chair of the Education Committee of the newly established Tehran Psychoanalytic Institute (TPI) where he has been actively involved in the construction and implementation of the training program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. In the fall of 2018, TPI launched its first class of four psychoanalytic candidates, marking a historic milestone for psychoanalytic training in Iran.

Hossein’s book – The Widening Scope of Insight: From Symptomatology through Metapsychology to Spirituality – will be released in early 2021. Further details to follow nearer publication.

Marcus Evans

We are delighted to be working with our publishers Phoenix. Their staff team have a long and trusted history of working with psychoanalytic authors which made them the perfect publisher for our work.

Marcus Evans is a psychoanalyst and was an adult psychotherapist at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust with 40 years’ experience in mental health originally training as a psychiatric nurse. After qualifying as a psychotherapist at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust, he took up a post as head of the nursing discipline. Marcus was Associate Clinical Director of the Adult & Adolescent departments between 2011 and 2015. Marcus has designed, developed, and taught outreach courses for front line staff in various settings for the last 25 years. He was also one of the founding members of the Fitzjohn’s Service for the treatment of patients with severe and enduring mental health conditions and/or personality disorder in the adult department. He has written and taught extensively and is author of Making Room for Madness in Mental Health: The Psychoanalytic Understanding of Psychotic Communications, published by Karnac in the Tavistock Clinic series.

Susan Evans

We are delighted to be working with our publishers Phoenix. Their staff team have a long and trusted history of working with psychoanalytic authors which made them the perfect publisher for our work.

Susan Hickman Evans is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist trained at the former Lincoln Centre for Psychotherapy. Retired after nearly 40 years in the NHS, she now has a private practice in South East London. She is a member of the British Psychotherapy Foundation, the London Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Service, and is registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BCP). She trained as a State Registered Nurse in 1977, then trained as an RMN and worked within many mental health specialist services including addictions, eating disorders, and in a specialist mother and baby service, which won the Sir Graham Day Award for NHS service development (1999).

As a psychotherapist she worked for 12 years at the Tavistock and Portman NHSFT in the Adult Department and also in the Gender Identity Development Service for Children. She was responsible as Course Organiser for the development and delivery as senior clinical lecturer of several training programmes at the Tavistock and a Senior Fellow at University of East London.

Karen Fraley

We chose Phoenix Publishing House because we knew from Kate Pearce’s and Fernando Marques’ work at Karnac that we and our manuscript would be in good hands.

Karen Fraley, LCSW, BCD, is in private practice in Exton, Pennsylvania. She is a fellow of the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work and a member of the national faculty of the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI). She currently co-chairs the IPI’s Clinical Consultants in Psychotherapy Program and serves on the Steering Committee for the IPI’s Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program. She is a founding member of the Philadelphia Psychotherapy Study Center and teaches seminars in object relations theory and practice. She contributed to the book Tuning the Therapeutic Instrument: Affective Learning of Psychotherapy edited by Jill and David Scharff and has published an article about Bion’s model of the mind.

Gill Frost


Once I had signed my publishing contract, Kate Pearce wrote me a note saying, ‘Welcome to the Phoenix family.’ I think this sums it up! I really appreciate the sense of belonging to a publishing company that is genuinely interested in its authors. Kate has made it clear that we are working in collaboration. As a novice in the world of publishing, this has been so affirming.

Gill Frost started her career as a teacher and went on to be a counsellor and psychotherapist for 35 years. Her first therapeutic training and work experience was with RELATE, where she worked mainly as a couples counsellor for 10 years. It was at this point that Gill decided to study for a masters degree in psychodynamic counselling, at the University of Birmingham, in order to work at greater depth with individuals.

Gill’s degree opened up opportunities for her to work as a student counsellor and trainer at Warwick and Coventry Universities for several years. It also enabled her to return to the University of Birmingham as a clinical tutor and lecturer, on the same course where she had been a student.

It was over 20 years ago that Gill set up in private practice. During this time she worked with a growing number of clients who presented with childhood trauma and abuse. As a result, she became increasingly interested in dissociative disorders, including dissociative identity disorder (DID).

Gill benefitted greatly from workshops and seminars provided by individuals such as Valerie Sinason, Suzette Boon, and Carolyn Spring, who are experts in the field of DID. Additionally, Gill undertook training in an energy psychotherapy called advanced integrative therapy (AIT), becoming an accredited AIT therapist. Later, she also completed Level 1 of the internal family systems (IFS) training. Collectively, these experiences gave her the understanding and necessary skills to work more effectively with clients who were traumatised by early abuse. It also enabled Gill to write her book, The Girls Within.

Visit Gill Frost’s website for more insights into The Girls Within.

Amy Izycky


I chose Phoenix Publishing House because of its open mindedness to creativity and its ability to support development in such a personal way.

Dr Amy Izycky is a clinical psychologist and a psychodynamic psychotherapist specialising in neuropsychology. She graduated from Durham University with an honours degree in psychology and a Masters of Science in developmental psychopathology. She later went on to complete her doctorate in clinical psychology at Newcastle University and more recently completed her postgraduate diploma in clinical neuropsychology at Glasgow University. Amy trained with the North East Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (NEAPP) to achieve her psychodynamic psychotherapy registration. She represented Durham University as a high-performance rower competing at National level.

Amy has a well-established private practice in the North East of England. She specialises in brain injury, sports related presentations, and adjustment to injury and disability. She works with a variety of international and professional sports people who present with mental health difficulties and struggle to adjust to injury and retirement. She has written for peer-reviewed journals, academic texts, and The Guardian.

Brett Kahr

Kate Pearce treats her authors with such sincere devotion that I suspect Donald Winnicott would have described her as the professional epitome of “primary maternal preoccupation”. I can think of no greater compliment.

Professor Brett Kahr has worked in the mental health profession for over forty years. He is Senior Fellow at the 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. He holds posts as Consultant to The Bowlby Centre and, also, as Consultant Psychotherapist to The Balint Consultancy. Having worked for many years in the National Health Service, he currently maintains a private practice in Hampstead, North London, for individuals and couples.

Professor Kahr is a Trustee of the Freud Museum London and of Freud Museum Publications, and he is also a trained historian with a special concentration in the history of psychoanalysis. Author or editor of eleven books, his titles include D.W. Winnicott: A Biographical Portrait, which received the Gradiva Award for Biography; Sex and the Psyche, which became a chosen title in the Sunday Times Book Club and which appeared in serial form in both The Times and The Observer; Tea with Winnicott, selected as one of the “Books of the Year” in The Guardian newspaper; Coffee with Freud; and New Horizons in Forensic Psychotherapy: Exploring the Work of Estela V. Welldon, an edited Festschrift in honour of Dr Welldon’s eightieth birthday. He has served as series editor for over fifty-five further titles in his capacity as Series Editor of the “Forensic Psychotherapy Monograph Series” and, also, as Series Co-Editor for both the “History of Psychoanalysis Series” and the “Library of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis”, all published by Routledge.

He has also worked in the field of media psychology for many years and held the post of Resident Psychotherapist on BBC Radio 2 and, also, that of Spokesperson for the BBC mental health campaign “Life 2 Live”. A former Special Media Adviser to the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, he currently serves as Chair of the Media Advisory Group for the British Psychoanalytic Council. In recognition of his work on the intersection between psychoanalysis and the media, he received an Honorary Visiting Professorship in the Department of Media, Culture and Language in the School of Arts at the University of Roehampton and, more recently, a Visiting Professorship in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University.

Nilofer Kaul

It is sheer good fortune to have found Phoenix. My first book may never have happened in a large, impersonal publishing house. It continues to be a pleasure to work with Kate who is warm, prompt, and encouraging. She brings a lot of experience here but it has the energy of a new space.

Nilofer Kaul, PhD, is a training and supervision analyst based in Delhi, India. She taught English Literature at Delhi University. Her doctorate work was on “Masks and Mirrors: Configurations of Narcissism in women’s short stories” (2012) for which she also got the Charles Wallace Grant. She has published many chapters and papers and delivered many papers, including “Parasitism: An Autistic Island” which received the 2018 Tustin award for best paper. She is also a part of a supervision and training group of the Delhi Chapter of the Indian Psychoanalytic Society.

Nilofer’s forthcoming book for Phoenix – Plato’s Ghost: Psychoanalysis, Liminality and Minus Links – is due out in early 2021. Further details will follow nearer the time.

Roger Kennedy


I am happy to be a Phoenix author as this new publishing house is dynamic and forward thinking.

Dr Roger Kennedy is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist and an adult psychoanalyst. He was an NHS consultant in charge of the Family Unit at the Cassel Hospital for nearly 30 years, before going totally into private practice ten years ago. He was chair of The Child and Family Practice in Bloomsbury and is still a director there.

His work includes being a training analyst and seeing adults for analysis and therapy, as well as children, families, and parents at his clinic. He is a past President of the British Psychoanalytical Society, and is well-known as an expert witness in the family courts. He has had 13 previous books published on psychoanalysis, interdisciplinary studies, and child, family and court work, as well as many papers.

Read Dr Kennedy’s engaging blog on The Power of Music.

Listen to Dr Kennedy in conversation with Dan Hill on the New Books Network podcast.

Olya Khaleelee


We chose Phoenix Publishing first, because they publish books within the psychoanalytic tradition and second, being small in size they are able to build strong relationships with their authors, which makes them more responsive to author’s queries and concerns, enables the authors to have a more personal relationship with them, and is supportive of their future work.

Olya Khaleelee is a corporate psychologist, psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and organisational consultant with a particular interest in leadership, organisational transition, and transformation. She has been associated with the Tavistock Institute for over 30 years in developing group relations both in the UK and abroad, and was the first female director of the Leicester Conference, which explores authority, leadership and organisation from a psychoanalytic and systemic perspective. She was chairwoman of the London Centre for Psychotherapy (now part of British Psychotherapy Foundation) and for many years was director of OPUS: Organisation for Promoting the Understanding of Society, applying a psychoanalytic and systemic approach to understanding the societal processes that give rise to conflict and division. She has published extensively in the areas of leadership, including psychological assessment of senior executives and on system psychodynamics in the organisation and beyond, into society.

Christine Kieffer

Christine C. Kieffer, PhD, ABPP, is a psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist, who has been trained to analyse children and adolescents as well as adults. In addition, she has an ABPP in group psychotherapy, and works with patients in groups as well as performing couples counselling.

Dr Kieffer serves on the faculties of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute as well as Rush Medical School in Chicago. She is in private practice in Chicago and Winnetka, IL.

Dr Kieffer is the author of numerous papers as well as three co-edited books, and a monograph, Mutuality, Recognition and the Self, published in 2014. She has served on the boards of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Psychoanalytic Inquiry, the International Journal of Self Psychology, and PSYCHcritiques. Dr Kieffer was also the recipient of the 2013 Ticho prize given by the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Her forthcoming book, Reflections on Adolescence, will be out in early 2021 and more details will follow nearer publication.

Paul Koehler

We chose Phoenix Publishing House because we knew from Kate Pearce’s and Fernando Marques’ work at Karnac that we and our manuscript would be in good hands.

A native of Pittsburgh, Paul Koehler received his bachelor of arts from Gettysburg College and his Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. He subsequently completed certificate training programs at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies, in Philadelphia, and the Washington School of Psychiatry, in Washington, DC. Paul has been a faculty member of the International Psychotherapy Institute since 2002 and is past chair of its core training program. Paul’s interests include literature and mythology, writing, music, lutherie, health and fitness, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Paul is in private practice in Doylestown, PA

Sebastian Kraemer

After a first degree in philosophy, Sebastian Kraemer qualified in medicine in 1970. He trained in paediatrics in Glasgow, Manchester and London, then in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and the Tavistock Clinic, London.

From 1980 he was a consultant psychiatrist at the Tavistock Clinic (until 2003) and in the paediatric department at the Whittington Hospital London (until 2015).

He is an honorary consultant at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust and continues to write, teach and work with staff in NHS and children’s services.

Jennifer Langham

I was drawn to the Phoenix Publishing House because of the warmth and receptivity of its founder, Kate Pearce, the integrity of the organization, and the superior quality of its publications.

Jennifer Langham, PhD, FIPA, is President of The Psychoanalytic Center of California in Los Angeles. She is an IPA-certified training and supervising analyst and teaches in the Core Training Program and the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program at PCC. Dr Langham comes to the world of psychoanalysis from a career as a professional cellist and currently serves as the clinical consultant of The Colburn School Conservatory of Music in downtown Los Angeles. She maintains a private practice in Beverly Hills and specializes in the treatment of bi-polar disorder and the particular problems associated with the expression of creativity.

Dr Langham’s incredible two books on contemporary Klein and Bion in Los Angeles are due to be published in the Spring of 2022. More information will follow nearer the time.

Paul J. Leslie

I chose to publish with Phoenix Publishing House because of the help and  guidance that Phoenix gives its authors. Their attention to the needs of their authors and their dedication to ensuring the highest quality product made it a very easy choice for me.

Dr. Paul J. Leslie is a psychotherapist, researcher, trainer, and author in Aiken, South Carolina. He specialises in resource-directed approaches to working with individuals and families. Paul is a licensed therapist in the states of Georgia and South Carolina, and a National Board Certified Fellow in Hypnotherapy. He has a doctorate in Counseling Psychology and is presently the coordinator of the psychology program at Aiken Technical College. He has authored six books including Potential not Pathology: Helping Your Clients Transform Using Ericksonian Psychotherapy and The Art of Creating a Magical Session: Key Elements for Transformative Psychotherapy. Paul is a popular trainer of mental health professionals in the areas of solution-based therapies, Ericksonian hypnosis, and creative therapy applications. His website is

Paul’s new book – Transforming Themes – is due to be published in Autumn 2021. More information will follow nearer the time.

David P. Levine

I chose to publish with Phoenix because I am confident from my past experience with Kate Pearce that her association with it will make Phoenix an author-friendly press dedicated to the publication of high quality work in psychoanalysis.

David P. Levine is emeritus professor in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He holds a PhD in economics from Yale University and a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Scholarship from the Colorado Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. He has published extensively in the fields of economics, political economy, and psychoanalysis. In the field of psychoanalysis, he has published books on work, creativity, ethics, and politics. His most recent publication is Dark Fantasy: Regressive Movements and the Search for Meaning in Politics. He currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Howard B. Levine

Howard B. Levine is a member of APSA, PINE, the Contemporary Freudian Society, on the faculty of the NYU Post-Doc Contemporary Freudian track, on the editorial board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Inquiry, editor-in-chief of the Routledge Wilfred Bion Studies Book Series, and in private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts. He has authored many articles, book chapters, and reviews on psychoanalytic process and technique and the treatment of primitive personality disorders. His co-edited books include Unrepresented States and the Construction of Meaning (Karnac, 2013); On Freud’s Screen Memories (Karnac, 2014); The Wilfred Bion Tradition (Karnac 2016); Bion in Brazil (Karnac, 2017), and Andre Green Revisited: Representation and the Work of the Negative (Karnac, 2018). He is the author of Transformations de l’Irreprésentable (Ithaque, 2019) and the forthcoming Between the Silence and the Cry (Routledge).

Jeanne Magagna

As an editor I have worked for many years with Kate Pearce who heads Phoenix Publishing House. I have found her very helpful, efficient, and creative. It is for this reason I chose to publish with Phoenix.

Dr Jeanne Magagna aims to help people observe the deeper aspects of infants’ personalities in order that infants can be better understood and have more rights to good parenting. She has edited or co-edited: Intimate Transformations, The Silent Child, Creativity and Psychotic State, Psychotherapy with Families, Universals of Psychoanalysis, and Being Present for Your Nursery Age Child, all of which show how careful observation and empathic understanding of infants and children, and collaboration with and support for parents, can ensure babies’ rights to good parental care. Previously a Head Start teacher, university teacher, and special educator, she was then head of Psychotherapy Services at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and was a consultant psychotherapist in Ellern Mede Centre for Eating Disorders in London. Jeanne is a child and adolescent psychotherapist (PhD level), family psychotherapist, and adult psychotherapist, trained at the Tavistock Clinic in London. Previously coordinator of training, she currently teaches at the Centro Studi Martha Harris Tavistock model trainings in Florence and Venice, Italy. She is in private practice in London as a child, adult and family therapist, as well as consulting, publishing, and teaching worldwide.

Dr Magagna’s book, co-edited with Roz Read, on child psychotherapy in the twenty-first century will be out in Autumn 2021. More details to follow nearer the time.

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Stefan Marianski

It is an honour to be associated with an independent publisher with psychoanalysis at its heart. Phoenix was a natural choice for us: Kate Pearce and Fernando Marques have had a long-standing relationship with the Freud Museum and it is great to be able to continue that legacy.

Stefan Marianski is Education Officer at the Freud Museum, where he works with young people to engage them with psychoanalytic thought. He has organised a number of events and conferences on psychoanalytic themes, and has written and lectured on dreams, sexuality, anthropology, surrealism, and masculinity. He is also a member of the Psychosis Therapy Project, which provides low-cost psychoanalytic psychotherapy for people experiencing psychosis.

Stefan’s forthcoming book – Freud/Lynch: Behind the Curtain, co-edited with Jamie Ruers – is due to be published in Autumn 2021. Further details will follow nearer the time.

Corinne Masur

I chose to publish my latest book with Phoenix Publishing House following a recommendation from a close colleague, a distinguished American psychoanalyst and author of many, many books, who told me that his best experience in the publishing world has been with the founders of Phoenix.

Dr Corinne Masur is a licensed clinical psychologist, a child and adult psychoanalyst, an associate supervising child analyst, and an adult supervising psychoanalyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia (PCOP). She has been in private practice, seeing mothers and infants, children of all ages, and adults for over thirty-five years. She is the co-director of The Parent Child Center and a founder of the Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education (PCPE) and The Philadelphia Declaration of Play, an organisation which advocates for the right of all children to have access to free, imaginative play. She is a member of The Difficult Cases Study Group at PCOP and The Child Relational Study Group of The Institute for Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (IRPP). She is author of the blog Thoughtful Parenting ( and she has written, lectured, and taught on a variety of subjects including early childhood bereavement, mourning, the denial of death in psychoanalysts and psychotherapists, child development, the development of trust in childhood, the effect of divorce on children, and she has recently published a book entitled Flirting With Death: Psychoanalysts Consider Mortality. She is on the faculty at PCOP and is a three-time recipient of the J. Alexis Burland Award for excellence in teaching.

Corinne’s forthcoming edited book – Finding the Piggle: Reconsidering D. W. Winnicott’s Most Famous Child Case – is due to published in 2021. Further information will follow nearer to publication.

David Morgan

I chose Phoenix because they offer a really personal approach, as a new publishing house they offer their authors something fresh. They have a wide range of experience and interest.

David Morgan is a consultant psychotherapist and psychoanalyst fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He is also a training analyst supervisor at the British Psychoanalytic Association, and a lecturer recognised nationally and internationally. He co-edited Violence, Delinquency and Perversion (2007) and authored many publications and chapters, most recently ‘Inflammatory Projective Identification in Political and Economic Terrorism’ in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2018), as well as ‘The Return of the Oppressed’, a speech given at the Warsaw EPF Conference (2018). He is currently a Director of Public Interest Psychology Ltd as well as a member of the IPA committee on Humanitarian Organisations. He is the chair of The Political Mind Seminars and of Frontier Psychoanalyst, a radio broadcast series on Resonance FM.

Mary Kay O'Neil

I chose Phoenix Publishing House primarily because of my positive experience working with Kate Pearce on my books with Salman Akhtar. She was an excellent editor, gentle and congenial. I was also impressed with the fact that as a woman she had founded her own publishing company and wanted to continue to work with her.

Mary Kay O’Neil, PhD, CPsych, is a registered psychologist and supervising and training psychoanalyst in private practice. She is a former Director of the Canadian Institute of Psychoanalysis (QE), served as NA Representative on the Board of the International Psychoanalytical Association, and currently is a member of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society Board. She is also on the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis faculty and a member of several committees (curriculum, student progress, institute membership). Dr O’Neil authored The Unsung Psychoanalyst: The Quiet Influence of Ruth Easser and has co-authored/edited seven books, has presented widely and contributed articles as well as chapters and book reviews. Her research projects on psychoanalytic ethics, young adult development, psychosocial factors and depression in young adults, and sole support mothers have been funded by foundations in Toronto and Montreal.

Mary Kay’s new book on mothering alone will be released in early 2021 and more details will follow closer to publication.

James Poulton

We chose Phoenix Publishing House because we knew from Kate Pearce’s and Fernando Marques’ work at Karnac that we and our manuscript would be in good hands.

Dr James Poulton is a psychologist in private practice in Salt Lake City, Utah, an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Psychology at the University of Utah, and a member of the national faculty of the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI), based in Washington, DC. He currently serves on the Steering Committee for IPI’s Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program, is the chair of its Curriculum Committee, and is the past co-director of its Salt Lake City Chapter. He has written numerous articles and chapters on psychological treatment and theory, and is the author of Object Relations and Relationality in Couple Therapy: Exploring the Middle Ground and co-author of Internalization: The Origin and Construction of Internal Reality. He has also co-authored two books on the history of art in the American West: LeConte Stewart: Masterworks and Painters of Grand Teton National Park.

Roz Read

Roz Read is Programme Director of the Integrative Child Psychotherapy training at The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education and a UKCP-registered integrative child psychotherapist. With a background working in the arts, Roz has worked extensively with children and teenagers in multicultural inner-city community projects, schools, and multidisciplinary teams for over 30 years. For the past 13 years, Roz has worked with adopted, LAC, and permanently placed children and their families. She currently works within PAC-UK (formerly the Post Adoption Centre) and prior to this worked at Family Futures. Roz is also visiting lecturer and co-convenor of the Neuroscience and Attachment Workshop at the Tavistock Centre, and a freelance trainer and clinical supervisor. She has a special interest in integrating treatment approaches for developmental trauma, attachment and working with the body, and is an accredited dyadic developmental psychotherapist and somatic experiencing® practitioner.

Roz’s book, co-edited with Jeanne Magagna, on child psychotherapy in the twenty-first century will be out in Autumn 2021. More details to follow nearer the time.

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Jamie Ruers

It is an honour to be associated with an independent publisher with psychoanalysis at its heart. Phoenix was a natural choice for us: Kate Pearce and Fernando Marques have had a long-standing relationship with the Freud Museum and it is great to be able to continue that legacy.

Jamie Ruers is an art historian specialising in art and culture from Vienna 1900 and Surrealist art and film. She received her BA from the University of Plymouth in 2014 and her MA from Birkbeck College, University of London in 2015. She is a researcher and the events manager at the Freud Museum London where she organises talks, courses and conferences on applied psychoanalysis, typically to art, culture, and contemporary issues.

Jamie has given talks on Viennese modernism and the Surrealists at the Freud Museum London, the Austrian Cultural Forum, and is featured on documentaries such as Art & Mind (2019). She has published articles and essays on psychoanalysis, philosophy, and art in The Art Newspaper, various Freud Museum publications, and artist monographs. This is her first edited book with hopefully many more to come.

Jamie’s forthcoming book – Freud/Lynch: Behind the Curtain, co-edited with Stefan Marianski – is due to be published in Autumn 2021. Further details will follow nearer the time.

David E. Scharff

David E. Scharff, MD, editor-in-chief, Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in China; co-founder, former Director, and Chair of the Board, The International Psychotherapy Institute; Chair, the International Psychoanalytical Association’s Committee on Family and Couple Psychoanalysis; Director, Continuous Training Program in Couple and Family Psychoanalytic Therapy, Beijing; author and editor of more than 30 books, including Psychoanalysis in China (with Sverre Varvin); Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy (with Jill Scharff); Enrique Pichon-Riviere: Pioneer of the Link (with Roberto Losso and Lea Setton); and Family and Couple Psychoanalysis: A Global Perspective (with Elizabeth Palacios).

Harvey Schwartz

Phoenix Publishing House brings together deep experience in the publishing world along with the enthusiasm and personal commitment of the ‘new kid on the block’ – a terrific combination. 
Very exciting projects to look forward to from Phoenix.

Dr Harvey Schwartz is a training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Association of New York (PANY) and at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia (PCOP). He currently serves as the chair of the International Psychoanalytical Association in Health committee. He is a contributor to and (co)editor of four books including Psychodynamic Concepts in General Psychiatry and Illness in the Analyst: Implications for the Treatment Relationship. He is the producer of the IPA podcast Psychoanalysis On and Off the Couch and is the founder of the Jewish Thought and Psychoanalysis lecture series and website.

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Dhwani Shah

I chose to publish with Phoenix Publishing House because of its reputation for being independent, creative, and collaborative with their authors. I also deeply respect the psychoanalysts who have chosen Phoenix for their upcoming books.

Dhwani Shah, MD, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst currently practising in Princeton, NJ. He is a clinical associate faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a faculty member at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he was chief resident and completed a fellowship in treatment resistant mood disorders at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is the recipient of several awards, including the University of Pennsylvania PENN Pearls Teaching Award for excellence in clinical medical education, the University of Pennsylvania residency education Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Award, and the Laughlin Merit Award for professional achievement. He has authored articles on topics ranging from neuroscience, mood disorders, and psychoanalysis.

Dr Shah’s forthcoming book for Phoenix – The Analyst’s Torment: Unbearable Mental States in Countertransference – is due out in Spring 2022. Further details will follow nearer the time.

Edward R. Shapiro

After glowing recommendations from valued colleagues, I found Phoenix to be as receptive and resourceful as my colleagues had indicated and Kate Pearce to be warm, enthusiastic, and sophisticated.

Edward R. Shapiro, MD, was the Medical Director/CEO of the Austen Riggs Center from 1991 to 2011. A board-certified psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, family researcher, and organisational consultant, he is also Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and Principal of the Boswell Group.

A founding member of the Psychoanalytic Society and Institute of the Berkshires, Dr Shapiro is a training and supervising analyst. An organisational consultant for over thirty-five years, Dr Shapiro has consulted with hospitals, mental health clinics, law firms, and family businesses.

He has published over fifty articles and book chapters on human and organisational development, family functioning, and personality disorders, presenting papers in this country and abroad. His book (with A. W. Carr), Lost in Familiar Places: Creating New Connections between the Individual and Society, was published by Yale University Press as was his edited book, The Inner World in the Outer World.

A distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, he is also a fellow of the A. K. Rice Institute and the American College of Psychoanalysis. Dr Shapiro has received the Felix and Helene Deutsch Scientific Award from the Boston Psychoanalytic Society, the Research Prize from the Society for Family Therapy and Research, and the Philip Isenberg Teaching Award from McLean Hospital. In 2007, he was named Outstanding Psychiatrist for Advancement of the Profession by the Massachusetts Psychiatric Association and since 2011 has been on US News & World Report’s list of “Top Doctors”.

Listen here to Dr Shapiro talking about the inspiration behind his book in Episode 25 of the IPA Off the Couch podcasts: Citizenship and the Psychoanalyst with Edward R. Shapiro M.D.

Visit his website to learn more about Ed and his work.

Batya Shoshani

Michael and I have published in the past quite a few of our works, and from our first contact with Phoenix we have come to like them for their kind and warm reception, and for their being so effective and standing by their words. We appreciate and like the fact that this it not one of the giant publishing houses, and we find a merit in them being a new and open place for authors. Our colleagues whom we consulted about joining the Phoenix house, including Prof. Salman Akhtar MD, were all very enthusiastic and recommended them highly. We are happy with our choice.

Batya Shoshani, PhD, a Fullbright scholar, is a training and supervising psychoanalyst and a professor of clinical social work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (retired), with vast experience in teaching and supervision in social work, psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis. She is a founding member and the chair of the training committee at The Tel Aviv Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She has been a senior consultant for public services dealing with children, adolescents, battered women, and delinquent youth. She is interested in interdisciplinary studies in psychoanalysis, weaving clinical knowledge with philosophy, literature, and art. In addition, Batya has shown great interest in the particular theory and technique of perversions alongside Michael Shoshani, Psy.D., and has written numerous articles regarding these subjects.

Michael Shoshani

Batya and I have published in the past quite a few of our works, and from our first contact with Phoenix we have come to like them for their kind and warm reception, and for their being so effective and standing by their words. We appreciate and like the fact that this it not one of the giant publishing houses, and we find a merit in them being a new and open place for authors. Our colleagues whom we consulted about joining the Phoenix house, including Prof. Salman Akhtar MD, were all very enthusiastic and recommended them highly. We are happy with our choice.

Michael Shoshani, Psy.D., MBA, a Fullbright scholar, is a senior clinical psychologist and a training and supervising psychoanalyst. He is the founding chair and a faculty member of The Tel Aviv Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He is a faculty member and supervisor at the New York University Postdoc Program for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, and an active member of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) and the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA). For three decades, he has treated patients, taught students, and supervised clinicians. He has lectured for many years at Tel Aviv University and Bar Illan University, in the postgraduate programs of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and has run workshops for many groups of professionals in Israel, the USA, Turkey, and Romania. His main interest is the clinical theories relating to the therapy and analysis of narcissistic and perverse character pathology, as well as in interdisciplinary studies in psychoanalysis, weaving clinical knowledge with philosophy, literature, and art. He is the author of the book Dare to be Human? A Psychoanalytic Journey, and has published numerous articles on these subjects.

Jonathan Sklar


Friendly, supportive, efficient, straightforward, and a delight to work with – my new publisher Phoenix.

Dr Jonathan Sklar, MBBS, FRCPsych is a training and supervising psychoanalyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society. Originally trained in psychiatry at Friern and the Royal Free Hospitals, he later trained in adult psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic, London. For many years, he was consultant psychotherapist and head of the psychotherapy department at Addenbrooke’s and Fulbourn hospitals in Cambridge.

He now works in full-time analytic practice in London. As well as lecturing widely across the world, he has taught psychoanalysis annually in South Africa for over ten years, termly in Chicago for ten years until 2018, as well as regularly across Eastern Europe. From 2007 to 2011, he was vice president of the European Psychoanalytic Federation, with special responsibility for seminars for recently qualified analysts as well as new analytic groups in East Europe. He is presently a board member of the International Psychoanalytical Association.

He is the author of two previous books: Landscapes of the Dark: History, Trauma, Psychoanalysis (Karnac, 2011) and Balint Matters: Psychosomatics and the Art of Assessment (Karnac, 2017).

Listen to his podcast with the New Books Network here.

Martin Stanton

Kate Pearce and Phoenix Publishing House truly live up to their mission statement that their books ‘fire the mind’. I was searching with little hope for a publisher prepared to take on board a trilogy which aims to ‘fire’ dead wood in contemporary psychology. I wanted to set ablaze the self-satisfied, overthought, over-confidence of CBT, as well as to sack a concomitant elite in contemporary depth psychology, which claimed exclusive clinical authority over remarkable cultural movements like Dadaism, Surrealism, Existentialism and Situationism that still ‘fire’ contemporary psychoanalysis with a Phoenix spirit of free-associative enlightenment. Much to my complete surprise and delight, Kate Pearce replied to me promptly to inform me that Phoenix wanted not only to publish the first volume, but all three of my trilogy. It was one of those rare moments in life which awaken a notion of destiny. I can wholeheartedly recommend Phoenix to anyone who thinks outside the box.

Martin Stanton is a writer, teacher and psychoanalyst. He studied at Dartford Grammar School, St Antony’s College, Oxford, the University of Sussex, and the École Normale Superieure in Paris. He founded the first Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Kent in 1980. He has been a Visiting Professor at the New School for Social Research in New York City, and an Associate Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He founded and directed the Staff Counselling and Mediation Service at University College London in 2000, and has held senior clinical posts as a psychotherapist, counsellor, and mediator within the NHS.

He has published numerous books and articles including Outside the Dream (which was reissued in 2014), Sandor Ferenczi, and Out of Order. A review of his life and work is available on Wikipedia (

Lionel Stapley

Having mainly published with Karnac, which established my writing as being firmly in the systems psychodynamic field, I feel that Phoenix is the most appropriate publisher with whom I should now publish.

Lionel Stapley is an internationally recognised author, fellow of OPUS, organisational consultant and psychodynamic and executive coach working with individuals, groups and organisations in both public and private sectors across the UK and Europe, as well as South America, China, Hong Kong, Russia, Slovenia, Poland, and Ghana, West Africa.

He is also a commercially focused consultant, engaging with major public and private sector organisations at a senior level to help deliver their strategic objectives. He has a proven record of growing brand recognition and of successfully managing and developing the reputation of an international educational charity that seeks to encourage the reflective citizen.

Lionel is also a Chartered Fellow of both the CIPD and the CIM and a member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations (ISPSO).

Lionel’s forthcoming book – Managing Organisations Beneath the Surface – is due to be published in Spring 2022. Further details will follow nearer the time.

Philip Stokoe

I have chosen Phoenix for my publishers because I don’t want to be one of the hundreds of authors who are run along a conveyor belt; the experience of a relationship in which there are mutual respect and a shared ambition as well as the knowledge that I will be supported at every stage of the process makes Phoenix the obvious and happy choice.

Philip Stokoe, BSc, MSc, CQSW, FInstPsychoanal is a psychoanalyst (Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis) in private practice working with adults and couples, and an organisational consultant, providing consultation to a wide range of organisations since he qualified in 1983 at the Tavistock Centre.

He was Honorary Visiting Professor, Mental Health for three years at City University, where he is helping to set up a radically new way to train mental health nurses based on psychoanalytic principles. He worked as a Consultant Social Worker in the Adult Department of the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust between 1994 and 2012, where he was the Clinical Director of the Adult Department from 2007 to 2011. He has developed a reputation as a successful teacher and has taught and written about the application of psychoanalysis in a wide range of settings: supervision, leadership, groups, organisations, ethics, borderline disorder, adolescence, residential work, working with victims of sexual abuse, psychological services in the NHS, couple relationships, and politics.

Whilst at the Tavistock, he developed a model for understanding organisational dynamics, which has come to be called the Healthy Organisation Model. With his wife, Mary Morgan, he has developed a theory about a stage of human development that they call the “Creative Couple” state of mind.

He has a particular interest in human creativity as it relates to the development of the mind and the central role of curiosity and interest. His early experience as an actor has left him with an abiding interest in theatre, art and cinema.

He has published a number of papers and his debut book – The Curiosity Drive: Our Need for Inquisitive Thinking – is due to be published in November 2020.

Sverre Varvin

Sverre Varvin, MD, DPhil. Training and supervising analyst, Norwegian Psychoanalytic Society. Professor, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (OAUC), Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, University of Oslo. Research areas: trauma and treatment of traumatised patients, treatment process, traumatic dreams, and psychoanalytic training. Chair, IPA China Committee. Has worked for more than twelve years in China with psychotherapy and psychoanalytic training programmes.

Vamık Volkan

Having worked with the publisher previously gives me confidence that Phoenix Publishing House will be a great success.

Vamık Volkan, MD, DFLAPA received his medical education at the School of Medicine, University of Ankara, Turkey. He is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and an Emeritus Training and Supervising Analyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, Washington, DC. In 1987, Dr Volkan established the Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction (CSMHI) at the School of Medicine, University of Virginia. CSMHI applied a growing theoretical and field-proven base of knowledge to issues such as ethnic tension, racism, large-group identity, terrorism, societal trauma, immigration, mourning, transgenerational transmissions, leader-follower relationships, and other aspects of the national and international conflict.

A year after his 2002 retirement, Dr Volkan became the Senior Erik Erikson Scholar at the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and he spent three to six months there each year for ten years. In 2006, he was Fulbright/Sigmund Freud-Privatstiftung Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis in Vienna, Austria. Dr Volkan holds honorary doctorate degrees from Kuopio University (now called the University of Eastern Finland), Finland; from Ankara University, Turkey; and from the Eastern European Psychoanalytic Institute, Russia. He was a former president of the Turkish-American Neuropsychiatric Society, the International Society of Political Psychology, the Virginia Psychoanalytic Society, and the American College of Psychoanalysts.

Among the many awards he has received are the Nevitt Sanford Award, Elise M. Hayman Award, L. Bryce Boyer Award, Margaret Mahler Literature Prize, Hans H. Strupp Award, the American College of Psychoanalysts’ Distinguished Officer Award for 2014, and the Mary S. Sigourney Award for 2015. He also received the Sigmund Freud Award given by the city of Vienna, Austria in collaboration with the World Council of Psychotherapy. He has also been honoured on several occasions by being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize with letters of support from 27 countries.

Dr Volkan is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of over fifty psychoanalytic and psychopolitical books, including Enemies on the Couch: A Psychopolitical Journey through War and Peace. Currently, Dr Volkan is the President Emeritus of the International Dialogue Initiative (IDI), which he established in 2007. He continues to lecture nationally and internationally.

Margot Waddell

There are several reasons I chose to publish with Phoenix: I have previously worked with Kate when she was at Karnac and always found her extraordinarily positive and helpful. The word “Phoenix” is also very relevant to this particular book. The group of wartime psychiatrists who were central to the Tavistock becoming part of the NHS was known as “Operation Phoenix”.

Margot Waddell, PhD, is a Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis where she is currently the Chair of Publications. She has a background in Classics and literature and took a PhD at Cambridge on George Eliot’s novels. She is a child analyst and worked for many years as a consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, London. She co-edits the Tavistock Clinic Book series and has published widely. Her book Inside Lives: Psychoanalysis and the Growth of the Personality was published by Karnac in 2002. In 1994 her Understanding Twelve to Fourteen Year Olds was published (reprinted in 2005 by Jessica Kingsley). Most recently, in 2018, she published On Adolescence: Inside Stories (Routledge).

Thomas Wolman

I chose to publish with Phoenix Publishing House because of the personal recommendation from a close colleague and because I like the idea of you starting your own publishing house with fresh ideas (as your name suggests).

Thomas Wolman, MD, was born and raised in New York City, where he now lives after residing in Philadelphia PA for forty-four years. He attended Johns Hopkins University and the Pennsylvania State University Medical College. Subsequently, he trained at the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Center, where he taught in both the psychoanalytic and the psychotherapy training programs. Until his move, he held the title of assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has written on Winnicott, Mahler, Kohut and Lacan, as well as on contemporary films, and more recently on greed, bereavement and privacy issues. Currently, he teaches a course on the history of psychoanalysis at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute.