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Crisis Centre

The Arbours Crisis Centre was established in 1973, to provide personal psychotherapeutic care for individuals, couples and families in emotional and psychological distress. It is currently situated in a large Edwardian house in Crouch End, London and offers intensive and high quality care within a community environment by a group of experienced and skilled psychotherapists. The programme of psychotherapeutic care includes personal psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, art and movement therapies as well as a range of creative and social activities shared with and provided by resident therapists.

"The Arbours Crisis Centre is …the one service that has begun to develop psychoanalytically informed practice of containing in the living together routines …pioneering an advanced and humane form of psychiatry …" (Prof. Robert Hinshelwood, University of Essex)


The late Dr. Nina Coltart was a Psychoanalyst well known for her specialisation in consultations for diagnosis and assessment leading to referral. She read Modern Languages at Oxford before training in medicine and psychiatry, and was the Director of the London Clinic of Psycho-Analysis for many years. Her publications include "Slouching towards Bethlehem: And Further Psychoanalytic Explorations" (1992), "How to Survive as a Psychotherapist" (1993) and "The Baby and The Bathwater" (1996). Dr. Coltart was a friend and supporter of the Arbours, and her paper \'Attention\' was published in "Sanctuary: The Arbours Experience of Alternative Community Care" (1995).


Prof. Stanley Schneider is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society. He is also a Group Analyst and Professor and Chairman of both the programme for Advanced Studies in Integrative Psychotherapy (Hebrew University) and, the Department of Guidance and Counselling (Michlalah) in Jerusalem. He is also the founder and former director of the Summit Institute, Jerusalem. Prof. Schneider is the author of many books and articles on psychological and social themes and, is co-editor of and contributor to "Even Paranoid Have Enemies" and is the co-author (with Dr. Berke) of "Centers of Power: The Convergence of Psychoanalysis and Kabbalah" (to be published in 2007).

Dr. Joseph H. Berke is the Director of the Arbours Crisis Centre, which he founded in 1973, and, works as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with individuals and families. Dr. Berke is the author of many professional papers and books, and is well known for "Mary Barnes: Two Accounts of A Journey Through Madness" which he co-authored with Mary Barnes. His other publications include "The Tyranny of Malice", "Sanctuary: The Arbours Experience of Alternative Community Care" (co-editor and contributor), "Even Paranoid Have Enemies" (co-editor and contributor), "Beyond Madness: Psycho-Social Interventions in Psychosis" (co-editor and contributor) and, co-author (with Prof. Schneider) of "Centers of Power: The Convergence of Psychoanalysis and Kabbalah" (to be published in 2007). His latest book "Malice through the Looking Glass" is being launched during the evening of this 3^rd^ Nina Coltart Memorial Lecture.


Prof. Robert Hinshelwood is Professor of Psychoanalysis at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex. He is a member of the British psychoanalytical Society, and was formally the Director of Cassel Hospital as well as a Consultant Psychotherapist in the NHS. Prof. Hinshelwood is the founder and editor of both the International Journal of Therapeutic Communities and The British Journal of Psychotherapy. He is a prolific writer and author of many articles and books including, What Happens in Groups (1987), A Dictionary of Kleinian Thought (1989/1991), Clinical Klein (1993), Therapy or Coercion (1997), Thinking about Institutions (2001) and Suffering Insanity: Psychoanalytic Essays in Psychosis (2004)


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