Joan Meredith

 

Born in 1925, Joan Meredith trained and worked in social work and later as a psychotherapist. When she experienced a paralysing anxiety after the Second World War, she turned to a psychiatrist. This proved a turning point for her and, as she notes, may have marked the “beginning of English psychoanalysis”.

Counselling for social anxiety disorder, illustration. Credit: Jasmine Parker.

Counselling for social anxiety disorder, illustration. Credit: Jasmine Parker

Listen to Joan speak about her first experience with Freudian psychoanalysis.  

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Audio Transcript:

 

What I do remember is lying on the couch—very like the Freudian [approach] that I came to only understand afterwards. He sat sort of at the back of me and got me talk about what was troubling me. And he picked up, just liked we would understand now, things not said—not formed in your head, maybe even unconscious—and face those thing. And I now think that was the beginning of English psychoanalysis, in which I’m a great believer on, because it helped me enormously.