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Susie Orbach - Wikipedia

Susie Orbach - Wikipedia

Susie Orbach (born 1946) is a British psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, writer and social critic.

Early life

Orbach was born in London in 1946, and was brought up in Chalk Farm, north London, the child of Jewish parents,[1] British MP (Labour) Maurice Orbach and an American mother (who was a teacher). She won a scholarship to North London Collegiate School, and attended until she was 15.[1][2]


With Luise Eichenbaum, Orbach created the Women’s Therapy Centre in 1976 and the Women’s Therapy Centre Institute, a training institute in New York, in 1981. She has been a consultant for The World Bank, the NHS and Unilever and was co-originator of the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty.


Orbach has been a Visiting Scholar at the New School for Social Research in New York and Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics for ten years. She is currently chair of the Relational School in the UK. Orbach is a convener of Anybody, an organization that campaigns for body diversity. She is a co-founder[3] and board member[4] of Antidote, which works for emotional literacy. Orbach is also a co-founder of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility.[5] She lectures and broadcasts extensively world-wide and has been profiled in numerous newspapers, such as The Guardian.[6]


Orbach has a clinical practice and sees both individuals and couples in London.


Orbach's relationship with Joseph Schwartz, the father of her two children, ended after more than 30 years. According to writer Jeanette Winterson, now her partner, Orbach "calls herself post-heterosexual".[7]
Orbach's extended family includes James Rossant and Juliette Rossant.[citation needed]



For 10 years Orbach had a column in The Guardian on emotions in public and private life. These have been compiled into two volumes: What's Really Going on Here and Towards Emotional Literacy. She still writes for newspapers and magazines and campaigns vigorously on many fronts.


  • Fat is a Feminist Issue (1978)
  • Fat is a Feminist Issue II (1982)
  • Understanding Women: A Feminist Psychoanalytic Approach (1983) (written with Luise Eichenbaum)
  • What Do Women Want? Exploding the Myth of Dependency (1983) (written with Luise Eichenbaum)
  • Hunger Strike: The Anorectic's Struggle as a Metaphor for Our Time (1986)
  • Bittersweet: Love, Competition & Envy in Women's Friendships (1987), published as Between Women in US (written with Luise Eichenbaum)
  • What’s Really Going on Here (1995)
  • Towards Emotional Literacy (1999)
  • The Impossibility of Sex (1999)
  • On Eating (2002)
  • Bodies (2009)


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b "Susie Orbach: Why fat is still a feminist issue". Independent Newspaper. 10 January 2002. Retrieved 17 October 2010.
  2. Jump up ^ "Profile: Susie Orbach - The psychotherapist made famous by Fat Is a Feminist Issue is now analysing the obsession of both sexes with their looks". The Times and Sunday Times Archives. Times Newspapers. 1 February 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
  3. Jump up ^ "Our Team". Antidote. undated. Retrieved 17 October 2010.
  4. Jump up ^ "Our Board". Antidote. undated. Retrieved 17 October 2010.
  5. Jump up ^ "Home". Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility. undated. Retrieved 17 October 2010.
  6. Jump up ^ Aitkenhead, Decca (11 May 2009). "The G2 Interview: Susie Orbach". Guardian Newspaper. Retrieved 17 October 2010.
  7. Jump up ^ Jeffries, Stuart (22 February 2010). "Jeanette Winterson: 'I thought of suicide'". Guardian Newspaper. Retrieved 17 October 2010.

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