Brett Kahr

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Professor Brett Kahr has worked in the mental health profession since 1976.

He is Senior Fellow at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology in London, and, also, Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis and Mental Health in the Regent’s School of Psychotherapy and Psychology at Regent’s University London.  A long-serving Trustee of both Freud Museum London and of Freud Museum Publications, he also holds posts as Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the Centre for Child Mental Health, as Consultant in Psychology to The Bowlby Centre, and as Consultant Psychotherapist at The Balint Consultancy.

In addition to his clinical work, Kahr has also trained as an historian and has specialised in the history of psychiatry and psychoanalysis and has taught on these topics for years.  In an effort to integrate the wisdom of clinicians and scholars more fully, he became the Chair of the Scholars Committee of the British Psychoanalytic Council, which facilitates dialogue between academics and mental health practitioners.

Kahr has authored fifteen books on a range of topics.  His very first book, D.W. Winnicott:  A Biographical Portrait, received the Gradiva Award for Biography.  He subsequently published several more books about the work of Winnicott, including the popular Tea with Winnicott.  He has also written extensively about severe psychopathology in such books as Bombs in the Consulting Room:  Surviving Psychological Shrapnel, and, also, Dangerous Lunatics:  Trauma, Criminality, and Forensic Psychotherapy.  His study of over 25,000 adult sexual fantasies, Sex and the Psyche, became a non-fiction bestseller in the United Kingdom and has been translated into many languages worldwide.  He has also served as Series Editor of over sixty-five further books, having created a number of monograph series, including the “Forensic Psychotherapy Monograph Series” for Karnac Books (and now published by Routledge) and, also, the “Library of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis” (also published by Routledge).


Kahr has had the privilege to practice and teach in a wide variety of settings across the years, having worked in clinics and hospitals in the British National Health Service, in various universities, and, also, in private practice.  In addition to his clinical and historical researches, he has maintained a long-standing interest in the promotion of mental health knowledge to members of the general public.  He served for many years as Resident Psychotherapist for B.B.C. Radio 2 and as Spokesperson for the British Broadcasting Corporation’s mental health campaign “Life 2 Live”, in which capacity he addressed some 15,000,000 listeners per week on a range of psychological topics.  To date, Kahr has appeared on over 1,000 radio and television programmes and has served as a consultant to various films and television series.  He has chronicled much of his work on media psychoanalysis in his book On Practising Therapy at 1.45 A.M.:  Adventures of a Clinician and, also, in his book How to Flourish as a Psychotherapist, underscoring the importance of working not only inside the consulting room but, also, outside, in order to reach wider audiences in need of mental health knowledge.


Professor Kahr currently works with patients, both individuals and couples, in long-term psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, in his independent practice in Central London.     

FORWARD with Brett Kahr & Sebastian Thrul

February 13th 2021


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