Obituary: Rosie Parker (1945–2010)

Waddell, Margot and Simmons, Ruth (2011) Obituary: Rosie Parker (1945–2010). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 27 (2). pp. 218-219. ISSN Print ISSN: 0265-9883 Online ISSN: 1752-0118

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Rosie Parker was a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Her clinical work and writing became her main professional preoccupation for her entire life. She was able, in so mature and creative a way, to bring to her work not just a deeply felt clinical commitment, but also a freshness and depth derived from her distinguished accomplishments in other areas of life. Typically diffident and self-deprecating, Rosie did not fully appreciate the significance of her contribution, early on, to an understanding of the nature of motherhood and its central and, in those days, unsayable contradictions, and latterly to the plight of those struggling with disorders of eating and body dysmorphia. She was able, in her own unparalleled way, to promote an understanding of the dynamics underlying unhappiness and thereby to enable so many people’s lives again or, perhaps newly, to 'step almost straight'.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article first published online: 14 April 2011
Subjects: Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services

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