We are a group of psychoanalysts concerned about the lack of provision of intensive psychological services for those most in need. Together we have extensive experience of working in the public sector and running clinical practices. We have backgrounds in medicine (psychiatry), psychology, nursing and education. We are members of the Institute of Psychoanalysis, Royal College of Psychiatrists and British Psychoanalytic Council. We want to work together to offer clinical help, training, supervision and other events for our local community.

Dr Emma Staples Hotopf

Dr Emma Staples Hotopf is the lead for this project. She is a medical practitioner and consultant psychiatrist in psychotherapy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. She runs the specialist Self Harm Out Patient service for the Trust.

She also teaches and supervises junior doctors training to become psychiatrists. She is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and has been running a psychoanalytic practice for the last 13 years. She established the Maudsley Lectures in Psychoanalysis, which is now in its 4th year. This has grown from an initial business proposal based on 30 attendees to nearly 500 participants last year.

This was initially set up as a profit share with Maudsley Learning and is now run independently. As a consequence of the interest in this, Dr Hotopf has been working to create a new institutional setting for both this lecture and seminar series and further training, events and treatment rooms. Board level experience: Dr Hotopf has been a school governor of a large community secondary school for the past 4 years and overseen change.

Ms Fatima Martinez del Solar

Ms Fatima Martinez del Solar is a full time Psychoanalyst, and a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytic Society with over thirty years experience in the psychoanalytic field.

She recently had twelve years in the Victoria Psychoanalytic Practice, and was previously a Parent – Toddler Leader at the Anna Freud Centre and The South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.

Her contribution was recognised when she was awarded ‘Highly Commended’ by the Trust for her role in the success of the group, which ran in Peckham for over fourteen years.

Fatima is from Peru, where, for sixteen years, she was Head Teacher and a shareholder of “Little Villa” Educational Association, which ran teaching and developing professional programmes for teachers and parents.

Fatima hopes her experience in the mental health and educational area to be of benefit to the less fortunate and less privileged of South London, where there is a considerable need for these services.

Dr Robert Harland

Dr Robert Harland is a Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry at The South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLAM) and also works privately at the Sloane Court Clinic. He is a trained Psychoanalyst and member of the British Psychoanalytical Society.

He is Clinical Director of the Psychosis Clinical Academic Group within SLAM/IOPPN and the Trust Clinical Director for Lambeth for Adult Services. He is a Trustee and one of the founders of the Maudsley Philosophy Group Charitable Trust and editor of The Maudsley Reader in Phenomenological Psychiatry (CUP). As a director of the Centre of Psychoanalysis CIC, he sees this new institution as filling an unmet need both in South London and within local NHS provision for professional training and longer term psychoanalytic treatment, for those with more complex or entrenched problems, and especially for those who cannot afford or easily access this kind of help.

Maxine Dennis

Maxine Dennis is a Psychoanalyst (member of the British Psychoanalytical Society), Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Organisational Consultant. She has extensive experience of working with individuals, groups and organisations.

She has been Head of a psychotherapy unit . She is Lead for psychotherapy groups and a Senior Clinician in the Trauma Service and Fitzjohn’s Service (for complex presentations) in the Adult Department, Tavistock. Additionally, a lecturer and tutor on the Tavistock Adult Psychotherapy Training. Her experience of training and supervising a range of professionals is wide ranging. Previously, she was head of a primary care service in South London leading a team of 50. She was chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council Task group on Ethnicity, and Culture (BPC) and Chair of Ethics for the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists(TSP).She is passionate about making psychoanalysis and psychotherapy accessible to all.

Dr Kate Pugh

Dr Kate Pugh is a Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis and a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at CNWL Foundation Trust.

Francesca Hume 

Francesca Hume  first trained as a clinical psychologist. After a period of research in Central America examining the impact of war and trauma on ex-combatants she returned to the UK, specialising as a forensic clinical psychologist before joining the Adult Department at the Tavistock Clinic to train as a psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in the mid 90’s. She has since also trained as an psychoanalyst with the British Psychoanalytic Society and is now a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and a Consultant Psychologist at the Tavistock where she is the course director for the Tavistock’s Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training (M1) and is the Head of the Adult Psychology Discipline. Her theoretical interests include Kleinian and post-Kleinian theory which she teaches and writes about – and she has presented and published analytic papers on Omnipotence and Projective Identification, Depression and the Manic Defence and modern understandings of the Oedipus Complex. She has also published papers on Bion and Group Analysis and Trauma. As well as working analytically, she has a particular clinical interest in working with groups. She has a private analytic practice in South London and runs clinical seminars in the UK and abroad.