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Alexandra de Rementeria

Prof Doc, MA, PGCE, BSc, BA Hons., Editor in Chief of the Journal of Child Psychotherapy, Lead Specialist in Parent Infant Psychotherapy, SLAM, Psychoanalytic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Tavistock M7 Assessment and Liaison Tutor, Tavistock M80 Tutor


The author takes as her premise the idea that transferential phenomena emerges out of the endless interactions between the wider social context, including myriad social injustices, and the inter and intra psychic events we are more familiar with thinking about. Freud’s was a neuro-psycho-social model of development, with the interrelationship between internal life and social practices carefully mapped in Totem and Taboo (1913) and Civilisation and Discontents (1930). However, what Freud left undone, and is still only nascent in its development, is the work of mapping how this interaction between internal and external, between psycho and social manifests in the consulting room. Focusing on Race, as one aspect of identity that powerfully impacts transferential phenomena, she uses fictionalised accounts of clinical events to explore the meaning of her own Whiteness in this context. Using a Kleinain and post-Klenian understanding of very early Oedipal struggles, 'Whiteness' is formulated as an anti-developmental merger with the ideal breast.

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Dr. Alexandra de Rementeria is a Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. She is currently working clinically as Lead Specialist Parent Infant Psychotherapist for the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, after holding various clinical posts at the Tavistock, including in a Specialist Neurodisability CAMHS service and the Tavistock Outreach in Primary Schools Project. She is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Child Psychotherapy and Assessment and Liaison Tutor for the Tavistock M7 Masters in Psychoanalytic Observation. She is a supervising tutor for the Tavistock clinical training in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Child Psychotherapy (M80).

She has published numerous papers and co-authored the British Medical Association award winning: 'Finding Your Way With Your Baby' with Dilys Daws. Her background is in Early Years Education and she lives in South London with her husband and two children.