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Dr Brian Martindale

Dr Brian Martindale is a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist. From 2005-2012 he worked as a psychiatrist in an early intervention in psychosis service. He was founder (with colleagues) of the EFPP, the European Federation of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector, its first chairperson and is now Honorary President ( He is chair of the ISPS, International Society for the Psychological Treatments of the Schizophrenias and other Psychoses ( which has a large UK chapter. He was founding editor of the ISPS Book series and has written many articles and chapters in books. He represented psychiatry for Western Europe to the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) for six years and chaired a WPA committee drawing up international guidelines for psychiatrists working in early intervention in psychosis . Since retiring from the NHS he works in private practice as a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and psychoanalyst and continues to lecture and teach nationally and internationally.

Past and present Confer events
The Psychotic Patient in Therapy
Saturday 14 February 2015

The Big Idea
Friday 5 (evening) and Saturday 6 March 2010

Book of the Month
Grief Works by Julia Samuel

Death affects us all. Yet it is still the last taboo in our society, and grief is still profoundly misunderstood...

In Grief Works we hear stories from those who have experienced great love and great loss - and survived. Stories that explain how grief unmasks our greatest fears, strips away our layers of protection and reveals our innermost selves...
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Helen Fisher: The brain in love

Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? To learn more about our very real, very physical need for romantic love, Helen Fisher and her research team took MRIs of people in love and people who had just been dumped... view...

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The Latest Neuroimaging Findings in Borderline Personality Disorder

Altered function in neurotransmitter systems including the serotonin, glutamate, and GABA systems was observed in patients with BPD... read more...