My name is Dr Linda Berman. I’m a writer, artist and psychoanalytical psychotherapist. Before my retirement I was a registered therapist with UKCP.
I have a degree in English Language and Literature. My first book, Beyond the Smile:The Therapeutic Use of the Photograph (Routledge, 1993) was about the importance of photographs in people’s lives and in therapy.
I gained a PhD., researching into the effects on survivors of telling the Holocaust story and, after I retired, I did a further BA in fine arts.
My passions are painting, language, blogging and writing. My special interests are psychoanalysis, projections and ‘the other,’ psychological freedom, creative thinking.
As a psychotherapist, I worked in various settings, privately and in a busy NHS psychotherapy unit in Manchester. I’ve also had years of therapy myself.
My experience of working for Relate, with couples, as a counsellor and supervisor, together with a psychotherapy training, has taught me much about the unconscious, relationships and how people feel and think. I have read widely around the subjects I studied.
I’ve worked and researched extensively with the effects of trauma, running groups for women who had been sexually abused in childhood and, during the doctoral research, interviewing many Holocaust survivors.
After retirement, when I had more space to think, the time was right to gather together the various strands of my working life and to integrate them through the process of writing.
My blog, waysofthinking.co.uk, is a gathering together of the knowledge and experience gained over my life and the various strands of my career. I’m always learning, though, and I welcome your comments and information.
If you’d like to contact me, send an email to lindaberman at hotmail dot com.