At the Humber Mouth Festival, 2006

Susie Orbach (born 6 November 1946) is a psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, writer and social critic from London, UK.

Life[edit | edit source]

Orbach was born in London, daughter of British MP Maurice Orbach. In 1976 with Luise Eichenbaum, she created The Women’s Therapy Centre, in 1976 and in 1981 The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute, a training institute in New York. [2] She has been a consultant for The World Bank, the NHS and Unilever and was co-originator of the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty. Orbach is a Visiting Scholar at the New School for Social Research in New York and was a Visiting Professor at London School of Economics for 10 years. She is currently chair of the Relational School in the UK, is convener of Anybody (, an organization that campaigns for body diversity and is a founder member of ANTIDOTE (, working for emotional literacy and Psychotherapists and Counselors for Social Responsibility ( She lectures and broadcasts extensively world-wide and has been profiled in numerous newspapers ( She has a clinical practice seeing individuals and couples in London.

Media prolile[edit | edit source]

For 10 years Susie Orbach had a column in The Guardian newspaper on emotions in public and private life. These have been compiled in 2 volumes: What's Really Going on Here and Towards Emotional Literacy. She still writes for newspapers and magazines and campaigns vigorously on many fronts.

References[edit | edit source]

Books by Susie Orbach[edit | edit source]

Bodies (2009)
On Eating (2002)
The Impossibility of Sex (1999)
Towards Emotional Literacy (1999)
What’s Really Going on Here (1995)
Bittersweet: Love, Competition & Envy in Women's Friendships (1987), released as Between Women in US (written with Luise Eichenbaum)
Hunger Strike: The Anorectic's Struggle as a Metaphor for Our Time (1986)
What Do Women Want? Exploding the Myth of Dependency (1983) (written with Luise Eichenbaum)
Understanding Women: A Feminist Psychoanalytic Approach (1983) (written with Luise Eichenbaum)
Fat is a Feminist Issue II (1982)
Fat is a Feminist Issue (1978)

External links[edit | edit source]

Andrew Samuels oration on Susie Orbach being made Doctor of Essex University in 2004 Guardian Interview with Susie Orbach May 2009

  • [1] - Profile Books, UK Publisher of Susie Orbach's 2009 book Bodies.
  • [2] page for Bodies.
  • [3] - US Publisher Page for Susie Orbach's 2009 book Bodies.

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