Professor Brett Kahr


Professor Brett Kahr has worked in the mental health field since 1978. Brett is a Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the Centre for Child Mental Health in London, and Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Arts at Roehampton University, in London. He also holds the Winnicott Clinic Senior Research Fellowship in Psychotherapy, and serves as Consultant Psychologist to the Bowlby Centre.Brett is a qualified adult psychotherapist and couple psychotherapist, and serves as the Chair of the British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors, the Professional Association of the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology.A former University Fellow at Yale University, and a Marshall Scholar at the University of Oxford, Brett undertook his further postgraduate training at the Tavistock Clinic, the Tavistock Marital Studies Institute, the Portman Clinic, the London Centre for Psychotherapy, the School of Infant Mental Health, and the Institute of Family Therapy. He is a Registered Psychotherapist with the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis, the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, and the British Psychoanalytic Council.

Brett has a longstanding interest in psychotherapeutic work with men and women who struggle with disabilities (either physical or intellectual). A former Course Tutor in learning disability in the Child and Family Department at the Tavistock Clinic, he is a Director and Trustee of the Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability.

He is the author of many books and articles on a range of topics. His book D.W. Winnicott: A Biographical Portrait, the first biography of the English paediatrician, child psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst Dr. Donald Woods Winnicott, received the Gradiva Award for Biography in 1997. He also edited two further books on the work of Winnicott: Forensic Psychotherapy and Psychopathology: Winnicottian Perspectives; and The Legacy of Winnicott: Essays on Infant and Child Mental Health. He has also written a book on Exhibitionism for the Freud Museum series on “Ideas in Psychoanalysis”. Most recently, he authored a best-selling book Sex and the Psyche, with Penguin Books, based on Brett’s eight-year research project on the psychology of sexual fantasies. This book has now been published in American, Canadian, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Serbian, and Spanish editions, with Mandarin and Polish translations in press. Sex and the Psyche featured as a Sunday Times Book Club choice, and as a Waterstone’s Non-Fiction Bestseller, and had been serialised in The Times and in The Observer newspapers.

Brett worked for many years in the media, and most recently, he served as the Resident Psychotherapist on B.B.C. Radio from 2005-2008, and as Spokesperson for the British Broadcasting Corporation Campaign “Life 2 Live”, bringing mental health information to the general public. He has presented a number of television documentaries, including Britain’s Sexual Fantasies (Five Television), and the four-part series Making Slough Happy, on “positive psychology” (B.B.C. 2).

He is also an Ambassador to the School of Life in Holborn, London, and serves as director of the School’s psychotherapy service.

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