Joanna Rosenthall

Consultant Social Worker in the Adult & Forensic Directorate; Couples Unit Lead.

Joanna Rosenthall is a psychoanalyst (BPA), a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist (BPF) and a Couple Psychotherapist (TR). She runs a clinical Couples Unit in the Adult Department and also leads a Training Programme accredited by the BPC – Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Couples. She also works with couples and individuals in private practice.

She teaches and lectures both in Britain and abroad on the psychoanalytic theory and practice of working with couples. She has a special interest in how the couple relationships affects parenting. Recent papers of hers have focused on Bullying, Violent Couples and using the Transference in Couple Work.

Email Joanna Rosenthall.


Bradbury, Folkard, Rosenthall, (1977) ‘Time of day effects in school children’s immediate and delayed recall of meaningful material,’ British Journal of Psychology.
2.Bantam, Clifford, Frosh, Lousada, Rosenthall, (1984), ‘The Politics of Mental Health,’ Macmillans.

ROSENTHALL,J., (1996) ‘Love is Lovelier the Second Time Round’, in Partners  Becoming Parents, Pub: Karnac.

ROSENTHALL, J. (2002). "Second Time Round." Famiglie Ricostituite e Nuove Filiazioni 1: 41-52.

ROSENTHALL, J., (1997), ‘Marriage Terminable and Interminable’, Bulletin of the Society of Psychoanalytic Marital Psychotherapists.

ROSENTHALL,J., (1999), ‘Falling in Hate,’  response to John Steiner, Enid Balint Lecture; pub: Bulletin of the Society of Psychoanalytic Marital Psychotherapists.

ROSENTHALL J., (2007), ‘Sharing a heart – The Dilemma of a fused couple,’  British Journal of Psychotherapy, April 2007

ROSENTHALL J., (2002) ‘Couple Counselling within Primary Care,’ in Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, Vol.2, No.33.

ROSENTHALL, J., (2002) ‘Second Time Round,’ in Famiglie Ricostituite e nuove filiazioni, Interazional, No.1, pp.41-52.

ROSENTHALL, J., (2004), ‘Oedipus gets married,’ in Oedipus and the Couple, ed. F.Grier. London: Karnac Books. To be published September 2004.

ROSENTHALL, J., (2006) ‘Where is my Mother?’  in: The International Journal of Infant Observation & its Applications, Vol. 9, No. 3, Dec 06.

ROSENTHALL, J., (2007), ‘Sharing a Heart – The Dilemma of a Fused Couple,’  in British Journal of Psychotherapy, 23: 411-429

ROSENTHALL J., (2009), ‘Perversion as Protection, In: Clulow, C., (ed) Sex, Attachment and Couple Psychotherapy, Pub: Karnac.  

ROSENTHALL,J., (2012), ‘Picking Up a Log from Both Ends – Couple Work in the Tavistock Tradition,’ Chapter 7 in Lemma, A., (ed), Contemporary Developments in Adult and Young Adult Therapy: The Work of the Tavistock and Portman Clinics, Volume 1, pub: Routledge. 

ROSENTHALL J.,  (2015) Violent Couple Relationship, In: New Associations, Quarterly Journal of the BPC.

Joanna Rosenthall