I am a senior experienced psychoanalytic psychotherapist in North West London, and a Fellow of the British Psychotherapy Foundation (formerly of the London Centre for Psychotherapy). I was a Training Psychotherapist and Supervisor for the London Centre for Psychotherapy, and other organisations, for many years until my semi-retirement. Although I have retired from clinical practice, I still offer some psychoanalytic services in a private and confidential setting:
- consultations for twins seeking psychotherapeutic help
- a consultation service for the parents of twins
- consultation for research into twin relationships
- supervision for psychoanalytic work
- assessment for psychoanalytic training
- assessment of applicants for Training Therapist and Supervisor status
Training and work:
My formal psychoanalytic training was completed when I qualified as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist at the London Centre for Psychotherapy. I was in full time private practice from 1981 until I retired from clinical work in 2012. The informal training and continuing research is probably life-long, and I have attended many courses and conferences in order to deepen my understanding in my practice. My work in a GP practice for seven years included assessments for patients needing psychotherapeutic help, both one-off consultations and short-term psychotherapy, or referral for longer-term help. I also engaged as an advisor to the GPs in the practice, on emotional and psychotherapeutic issues that arise in general medical practice.
In my clinical practice, among the many patients I saw, I worked with a substantial number of individual adult twins. I have written several papers and two books based on both my clinical experience and my research into psychoanalytic work with twins. My first book, The Twin in the Transference, was published in 2004, and has been reprinted by Karnac Books, London and New York in January 2014. It is available in print and as an e-book . The second book, The Twin Enigma. An Exploration of our Enduring Fascination with Twins, was published in August 2016 by Karnac Books, and is also available in print or as an e-book.
My research into, and writing about, twins is a continuing project and a source of great interest to me. I do workshops and presentations to practitioners and other interested people, on the dynamics of the twin relationship; how twinship affects their relationships; and twins in therapeutic work. The subject of creativity and the development of a mind through creative personal interactions is another interest of mine, and the difficulties that arise when more destructive forces intervene. I am particularly interested in the links between psychoanalytic thinking and art and creativity.
Here is a link to my work on ResearchGate: Vivienne Lewin on ResearchGate