Biographies of Visiting Speakers

All speakers are members of IGAP unless introduced here

Begum Maitra, MD, is a psychotherapist in private practice following a long career in child psychiatry in the NHS. Her interest in difference began in India, developing with her training there in medicine and psychiatry, and subsequently in Britain, into an exploration of why culture and meaning systems might be a more useful way of thinking about the possibilities of change. Apart from her numerous publications in books and journals, she made the film Does Culture Matter with Morag Livingstone in 2010, co-edited Critical Voices in Child and Adolescent Mental Health with Sami Timimi in 1996, and co-authored Culture and Madness with Inga-Britt Krause in 2014. Her publications reflect her long-standing commitment to thinking critically about what we do as clinicians and therapists when we intervene in other people’s lives.

Melanie Rein, PhD, is a training analyst and supervisor with the Guild of Analytical Psychologists and an associate member of IGAP. She has a full-time analytic practice in Cambridge. Melanie was previously a psychiatric social worker, using family therapy in her work with children and families. She has also directed a number of British Government and EU projects in Central and Eastern Europe and a research project in South Africa and Zambia. Melanie’s published work includes a pamphlet with the Guild of Pastoral Psychology on the subject of betrayal. As well as her current research on ‘the ancestors’, she is researching the archetypal nature of money.

Marcus West is a training analyst with the Society of Analytical Psychology. He has taught widely in the UK and abroad and was joint winner of the Michael Fordham Prize in 2004. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology and is a trained EMDR practitioner. Marcus West is the author of a number of papers, and three books: Feeling, Being and the Sense of Self, Understanding Dreams in Clinical Practice, and Into the Darkest Places – Early Relational Trauma and Borderline States of Mind. He works in private practice in Sussex.

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