Couple and Family Psychoanalysis is an international, peer reviewed Journal, promoting the theory and practice of working with couple and family relationships from a psychoanalytic perspective. It provides a forum for disseminating current ideas and research and for developing clinical practice. It is sponsored by the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology and published by Phoenix Publishing House.

Latest Issue: Tavistock Centenary Special!

For information about subscriptions please visit here.

Reasons to subscribe:

  • An established Journal, listed by PEP, bringing together the interests of professionals who draw on psychoanalytic perspectives in their work with couples and families.
  • An international journal presenting ideas and experiences of clinical practitioners from around the world.
  • An innovative journal, critically reviewing and discussing developments in practice, research, and literature, together with lively and topical book and arts reviews.
  • A journal to enhance professional practice with authoritative articles from established as well as new authors in twice yearly issues. First time authors are especially encouraged with advice on preparing papers for publication.
  • A welcoming journal offering opportunities for first-time writers and a forum for those seeking closer connection with others in their field.

Invitation to Contributors

The Journal welcomes contributions that fall within its aims and scope. These can include original papers, articles, debates, reports, arts and book reviews, and other submissions of interest and importance to its readership. Submissions to the Journal are processed electronically through ScholarOne software. Visit the site here.and create an author account from the guide provided on the Journal’s home page. Then you will be able to submit manuscripts and guided through the process of doing so. Full details about the submission process and house style, as well as information about subscriptions, can be found on the publisher’s website

Call for papers: Therapy in the time of Covid-19

Contributions are invited for the Spring 2022 issue, which will be on the theme Therapy in the time of Covid-19. The guest editor for this issue is Dr Jill Savege Scharff, and the deadline for submissions is July 1, 2021.

The journal looks forward to receiving contributions about the experience of the economic and emotional impact of the pandemic on patients and therapists, insights about the essence of couple and family therapy gathered from having been forced online, wishes about working in the office again, ways of assessing and mitigating risk, thoughts on the effectiveness of teletherapy and its comparability to in-office sessions, and reactions to changes in best practice. Arts and book reviews relating to the theme of the issue will be especially welcome.

The New Writer Prize

The purpose of the Couple and Family Psychoanalysis New Writer Prize is to encourage practitioners in couple and family psychotherapy to write about and publish their work.

Students and qualified clinicians, who have not previously published an article, chapter, or book, are invited to submit original papers on theoretical, clinical, or research aspects of psychoanalytically informed work with couples and families. Papers will be judged by a panel of senior clinicians on their clinical and theoretical merit, with particular attention being paid to their innovative qualities and capacity to advance thinking and practice in the field. They should accord with the published criteria set down in the journal’s ‘Aims and Scope’ and be submitted according to the instructions to contributors, to be found on the publisher’s website: 

Winners of this annual award will have their paper published in the journal. They will also receive a £400 cash prize and a one-year subscription to Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, to include the issue in which their paper is published. Deadline for entries for the 2022 prize is July 1st, 2021, and the winner will be notified by December 31st, 2021.


Enquiries about contributing to the journal may be addressed to the editor-in-chief at

Contents of Latest Issue:

Couple and Family Psychoanalysis 11(2)


Christopher Vincent

To be or not to be three: a clinical narrative, an unanswered question
Jill Savege Scharff

The role of secrets in the invention or reinvention of families
Susana Muszkat and Monica Vorchheimer

A brief psychodynamic intervention for couples with unresolved grief: a case study report
Diana Kenny, Timothy Keogh, Cynthia Gregory-Roberts, John Kearney, and Judith Pickering

Creative illusion in couples: thoughts about the value of transitional experience for couple relationships
Julie Friend

The application of contemporary self psychology to couple psychotherapy
Carla Leone

Shame, culture, and gender: rethinking the treatment model for couple therapy after an affair
Yun Pang

Book reviews
The Tavistock Century: 2020 Vision
edited by Margot Waddell and Sebastian Kraemer
Reviewed by Stanley Ruszczynski

Sexuality and Gender Now: Moving Beyond Heteronormativity
edited by Leezah Hertzmann and Juliet Newbigin
Reviewed by Perrine Moran

Working with Attachment in Couples Therapy: A Four-Step Model for Clinical Practice
by Jim Donovan
Reviewed by Christopher Clulow

by Marilynne Robinson
Reviewed by David Hewison

Arts reviews
Normal People, TV series
directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie Macdonald

Reviewed by Erica Herrero-Martinez

Aida, by Giuseppe Verdi, set design and direction by Franco Zeffirelli
Reviewed by Maureen Boerma

Thoughts on reading “Aftershocks”, a contemporary poem by A. E. Stallings
Reviewed by Susan Pacey

Jeannie Milligan (1949–2021)
Brett Kahr

Notes on contributors

New writer prize

Forthcoming events

The International Review of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, 24(1):
Intersections in psychoanalytic couple and family therapy: strategies, techniques, and processes.

L’Association Francaise des Centres de Consultation Conjugale
Dialogues 231 and 232

Instructions to contributors

Previous Edition:

Contents of the Special centenary Issue;

Couple and Family Psychoanalysis: Volume 10 Number 2

Editor: James L. Poulton

Couple and Family Psychoanalysis is an international journal sponsored by The Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, which aims to promote the theory and practice of working with couple and family relationships from a psychoanalytic perspective.

This issue contains a special section to celebrate the centenary of the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology.



– Can the “internal couple” be our faithful life-long partner? by Molly Ludlam
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v10n2.2020.129

– Couples for couples: co-therapy as interpretive action by Christopher Clulow and Amita Sehgal
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v10n2.2020.143

– Drugs, sex and love: narrative of an object relations couple therapy by Jill Savege Scharff and Dina Oren
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v10n2.2020.157

– The Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, 1920-2020 by Brett Kahr
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v10n2.2020.173

– A brief history of Tavistock Relationships by Andrew Balfour
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v10n2.2020.179

– Our relationship to the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology and Tavistock Relationships by Jill Savege Scharff and David E. Scharff
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v10n2.2020.186

– Four decades of international collaboration with Tavistock Relationships by Philip A. Cowan and Carolyn Pape Cowan
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v10n2.2020.191

Responses to ‘Should “sensate focus” have a place in couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy’
– Should “sensate focus” have a place in couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy? by Maureen Boerma and Catriona Wrottesley
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v10n2.2020.198

– Commentary on Integrative Teaching and Treatment Modalities in Couple Psychosexual Therapy: reply to Susan Pacey by Carla Trusty-Smith
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v10n2.2020.203

– Mental health implications of COVID-19 quarantine and the experience of online couple therapy by David Hewison
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v10n2.2020.208

– Psychic space and psychic retreats: Reflections on Tavistock Relationships 2019 Advanced Couples Summer School by Gael Beckett
DOI 10.33212/cfp.v10n2.2020.213

– How to Flourish as a Psychotherapist by Brett Kahr – reviewed by Susanna Abse
– Engaging Couples: New Directions in Therapeutic Work with Families 
edited by Andrew Balfour, Christopher Clulow, and Kate Thompson – reviewed by Sandra Evans

– Portrait of the Artist Käthe Kollwitz, Exhibition at The British Museum – reviewed by Molly Ludlam
– The Wife, directed by Björn Junge  – reviewed by Susan Pacey and Nora Tsatsas
– Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury, directed by Nadia Latif – reviewed by Marian O’Connor

– The Seventh IPA Conference on Couple and Family Psychoanalysis San Francisco, California, 6-9 February, 2020 by Leora Benioff and Lee Slome