Susie Orbach - Author

About the Author

Susie Orbach is a psychotherapist, writer and co-founder of The Women's Therapy Centre in London and The Women's Therapy Centre in New York. Her books include Hunger Strike, What's Really Going on Here?, Towards Emotional Literacy, Susie Orbach On Eating and The Impossibility of Sex. She lectures widely in the UK, Europe and North America, has written for several magazines and newspapers, and has provided consultation advice for organisations from the NHS to the World Bank. She continues to help many individuals and couples from her practice in London. She is also a visiting Professor at the London School of Economics.

Featured books by Susie Orbach

Fat is A Feminist Issue

Fat is A Feminist Issue

Author: Susie Orbach Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/02/2016

When it was first published, Fat Is A Feminist Issue became an instant classic and it is as relevant today as it was then. Updated throughout, it includes a frank new introduction by Susie Orbach that brings this book to a new generation of readers whilst offering a current perspective for its original fans.

Other books by Susie Orbach

In Therapy The Unfolding Story

In Therapy The Unfolding Story

Author: Susie Orbach Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/12/2017

Worldwide, increasingly large numbers of people are seeing therapists on a regular basis. In the UK alone, 1.5 million people are in therapy. We go to address past traumas, to break patterns of behaviour, to confront eating disorders or addiction, to talk about relationships, or simply because we want to find out more about what makes us tick. Susie Orbach, the bestselling author of Fat is a Feminist Issue and Bodies, has been a psychotherapist for over forty years. Here, she explores what goes on in the process of therapy - what she thinks, feels and believes about the people who seek her help - through five dramatised case studies. Originally broadcast as a Radio 4 series, here the improvised dialogue is replicated as a playscript, and Orbach offers us the experience of reading along with a session, while revealing what is going on behind each exchange between analyst and client. Insightful and honest about a process often necessarily shrouded in secrecy, In Therapy is an essential read for those curious about, or considering entering, therapy.

Fat is A Feminist Issue

Fat is A Feminist Issue

Author: Susie Orbach Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/02/2016

When it was first published, Fat Is A Feminist Issue became an instant classic and it is as relevant today as it was then. Updated throughout, it includes a frank new introduction by Susie Orbach that brings this book to a new generation of readers whilst offering a current perspective for its original fans.

Bodies

Bodies

Author: Susie Orbach Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/01/2010

In the past decades, the pressure to perfect and design our bodies has been unprecedented. Men are encouraged to surgically pump up their pecs, breast enhancement is a sweet sixteen birthday present in the suburbs of America, and eating problems - from bulimia to obesity - are growing daily, affecting children as young as six. In China, women are having their legs broken and extended by 5cms. In Iran, behind the Hijab there are 35,000 cosmetic nose reconstructions a year. The body is no longer a given and to possess a flawless one has become the ambition of millions. In her years of practice as a psychoanalyst, Susie Orbach has come to realise that the way we view our bodies is the mirror of how we view ourselves: our body becomes the measure of our worth. In this book, she raises the fundamental questions about how we arrived here and proposes a new theory on how we became embodied.

Relational Psychoanalysis

Relational Psychoanalysis

Author: Susie Orbach Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/06/2006

Hunger Strike The Anorectic's Struggle as a Metaphor for our Age

Hunger Strike The Anorectic's Struggle as a Metaphor for our Age

Author: Susie Orbach Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2005

In this classic text, originally published in 1986, Susie Orbach brilliantly examines the anorectic's struggle. Anorexia is a battle; a battle to be thin; a battle of wills, denial versus desire. It is also about control; by conquering feelings of hunger, the anorectic woman aspires to conquer her emotional feelings as well. For Orbach, the struggle goes further. In this brilliant examination of women and eating disorders, she asserts that the complex relationship between women and food signifies women's battle for autonomy. Women's bodies are both private and public property. Society demands and expects women to look a certain way, to not take up too much space, to be self-effacing and mindful of others. Yet anorexia, whilst an extreme method of conforming to such demands, is conversely a rebellion against such ideas. It is the ultimate control over self, a cry of protest, a hunger strike against the contradictory and overwhelming demands placed on women in contemporary society.

The Impossibility of Sex Stories of the Intimate Relationship between Therapist and Client

The Impossibility of Sex Stories of the Intimate Relationship between Therapist and Client

Author: Susie Orbach Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2005

In these intriguing accounts, The author, the celebrated author of Fat is a Feminist Issue, presents us with six imaginary clinical cases, including Adam, the serial seducer; Belle, the compulsive liar; and Joanne, the self-mutilator. Through them, the author presents an intriguing look into the hidden world of the consulting room. She demonstrates the way the therapist analyses her own feelings as well of those of the other person, making the therapy relationship a uniquely special place in which discoveries can be made, which enable the patient to change. Bravely, she details failure as well as success. The latter is not denoted by a triumphant denouement but by ensuring the patient is enabled to utilise new ways of thinking after therapy.

Susie Orbach on Eating

Susie Orbach on Eating

Author: Susie Orbach Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/01/2002

'Eating is pleasurable, eating is delicious, eating is sensual' says Susie. But for so many of us eating is associated with anguish and abstinence. From the first page this little book shows us how to think and feel differently about what we eat. So that we eat when we are hungry, eat what we want to eat to satisfy us and stop when we are full. Each page contains an easily absorbed bite-sized statement to transform eating that hurts into eating that nourishes and calms. This book isn't magic but it feels as if it is.

Towards Emotional Literacy

Towards Emotional Literacy

Author: Susie Orbach Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2001

Emotional literacy means being able to recognise what you are feeling so that it enhances rather than interferes with thinking - a contrast with emotional expression which can mean one is driven by emotions so that it isn't possible to think.' In this, the second collection of her Guardian columns (one of the longest running and most popular of the paper) Susie Orbach again proves herself to be a clear-sighted and intelligent guide to understanding what's really going on around and within us. Her belief that we must learn how to validate emotion in public and private life remains the cornerstone of her work and has at long last, become a part of public debate.

What's Really Going On Here? Making Sense of our Emotional Lives

What's Really Going On Here? Making Sense of our Emotional Lives

Author: Susie Orbach Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/04/1994

Here are fascinating articles on sex, jealousy, anger, intimacy, loss, food problems, parent/child relationships, sibling rivalry and much more...from Susie Orbach, truly innovative therapist and a highly accessible writer. Together they result in a coherent and profoundly perceptive exploration of our emotional lives. 'We have no shared language for emotional life...What continues to engage me is the desire to increase our understanding of the intersection of the very private, intimate world and the structures of the wider public sphere' - Susie Orbach

Fed Up and Hungry Women, Oppression and Food

Fed Up and Hungry Women, Oppression and Food

Author: Susie Orbach Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/1987

This collection expands on Susie Orbach's claim that obsessive eating or non-eating behavior is an individual, albeit political, response to a complex set of social circumstances in which women find themselves. Theoretical pieces here bolster her views, exploring the neopuritanical replacement of sex by food, compulsive eating as anger, and symmetries between the bulimic and anorexic internalization of ego boundaries and strategies for control. Essays highlighting alternative therapies are full of case references and the compelling voices of sufferers.

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