Psychoanalysis Unit


Alessandra Lemma

Alessandra Lemma

Alessandra Lemma MA, MPhil (Cantab), DClin Psych is Director of the Psychological Therapies Development Unit at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She is a Consultant Adult Psychotherapist at the Portman Clinic where she specializes in working with transsexuals. She is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and Visiting Professor, Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London and Honorary Professor of Psychological Therapies in the School of Health and Human Sciences at Essex University.  She is the Clinical Director of the Psychological Interventions Research Centre at UCL. She is Visiting Professor, Istituto Winnicott, Sapienza University of Rome and "Centro Winnicott", Rome.  Since 2008 she has been the Collaboration Lead for joint projects between the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and the Anna Freud Centre. In the past she has worked as a Clinical Tutor on the UCL Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and on the UCL MSc in Psychoanalytic Studies where she was Course Tutor between 2003-2005. She has a strong interest in psychological therapies and is a supervisor and trainer in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). Along with Peter Fonagy and Mary Target, she has been leading on the development of a new protocol for a brief psychodynamic intervention for mood disorders, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) (for further information about the DIT training please visit (www.tavistockandportman.nhs.uk/dynamicinterpersonaltherapy or www.annafreud.org )

She is the General Editor of the New Library of Psychoanalysis Book Series, first launched in 1987, in association with the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London. This Series took over from the International Psychoanalytical Library, which published many of the early translations of the works of Freud and the writings of most of the leading British and Continental psychoanalysts. Between 2008 and 2011 she was  the Editor-in Chief of the Journal Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Applications, Theory and Research. Since 2011 has been one of the regional Editors for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. 

Alessandra Lemma lectures extensively in the UK and internationally and has published several books on psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Her clinical and theoretical interests are focussed on body image disturbances (particularly body dysmorphia and body modification practices), trauma, adolescent development and the psychology of humour. She can be contacted on alemma@mac.com. Alongside her NHS and academic commitments she is Co-Director of the Young People Therapy and Consultation Service at the Group Analytic Practice for Psychological Therapies, 55 Queen Anne Street, London W1.

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How to contact Alessandra Lemma

Psychoanalysis Unit 
Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology 
University College London 
Gower Street 
London WC1E 6BT

Email: alemma@tavi-port.nhs.uk