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Dr Estela Welldon


Honorary Life President

Dr Estela Welldon is an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at the Tavistock and Portman Clinics in London. In 1997 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science by Oxford Brookes University. Estela works privately as a psychoanalytical psychotherapist and organizational consultant. She is a Member of the British Association for Psychotherapy, the Confederation of British Psychoanalytic Council, the Institute of Group Analysis, the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the International Association of Group Psychotherapy. Estela was awarded Honorary Membership of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APA) in 2013. Robert L Pyles, MD, President of the APA writes:

"In proposing you for Honorary Membership, the committee on Honorary Membership cited your pioneering contribution to psychoanalytic theory and clinical practice, having been an important contributor to forensic psychiatry by bringing psychoanalytic insight into that field through your work at the Portman Clinic.

The Committee felt that your work of treating and teaching staff to treat mothers who have been convicted of abusing their children - which had been considered impossible because of the negative counter-transference evoked by these women is a model.  Your ability to demonstrate the possibility of this treatment and then teaching others to do it as well is deeply appreciated".

Estela is the author of Mother Madonna Whore: the Idealization and Denigration of Motherhood (1988); Sadomasochism (2002), Playing with Dynamite: A Personal Approach to a Psychoanalytic Understanding of Perversions, Violence, and Criminality Published (2011); and the main editor of A Practical Guide to Forensic Psychotherapy (1997).

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