This reading list aims to assist trainees in choosing suitable background reading material for the seminar course.

The below reading list covers six areas:

  1. Core Concepts
  2. Process
  3. Development
  4. Psychopathology
  5. Classic Readings

Core Concepts

1. Essential Psychotherapies Theory and Practice, Gurman A.S. and Messer S.B. (2011) paperback, 3rd edition, Guildford Press

2. Freud: A Life for our Time, (1988) Gay P. JM Dent and Sons

3. Sexuality in Psychoanalysis: The Major Concepts, ed. Moore, B.E., Fine, B.R., New Haven: Yale University Press. Wiedeman, G. (1995)

4. Psychodynamic Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, 5rd Edition, Washington D.C. American Psychiatric Press. Gabbard G.O. (2014)

5. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, NY: Guilford Press. McWilliams N (2004)

6. Freud and Beyond: A History of Modern Psychoanalytic Thought, NY: Basic Books. Mitchell, S.A., Black, M.J. (1995)

7. Psychoanalytic Terms and Concepts. New Haven: Yale University Press. Elizabeth. L. Auchincloss MD (2012)

8. Psychodynamic Concepts in General Psychiatry, Washington DC: American Psychiatric Press, Scwartz H., et al (1995)

9. “The Psychoanalytic Model of the Mind” in Psychiatry, Elizabeth. L. Auchincloss MD (2015)

10. This Art of Psychoanalysis: Dreaming Undreamt Dreams and Interrupted Cries. NY: Routledge. Ogden, Thomas (2007)

11. Rediscovering Psychoanalysis: Thinking and Dreaming, Learning and Forgetting. NY: Routledge. Ogden, Thomas (2008)

12. Essential Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: An Acquired Art. NY: Routledge. Quatman, Teri (2015)

13. Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Basic Text (2nd Ed) Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association Publishing. Gabbard, Glen (2010)

14. Attachment Theory and Psychoanalysis. NY: Other Press. Fonagy, Peter (2001)

15. The Search for the Secure Base: Attachment Theory and Psychotherapy. London, Taylor and Francis Ltd, Jeremy Holmes (2001)

16. Attachment in Therapeutic. London: Sage publication, Jeremy Holmes, Arietta Slade(2018)

17. Affect Regulation, Mentalization, and the Development of the Self. NY: Other Press. Fonagy, Peter et al (2002)

18. What is Psychoanalysis? What is a Psychoanalyst? Textbook of Psychoanalysis. Eds. Person E., et al, Washington DC: American Psychiatric Press. Williams P. (2004)

19. The New Analyst’s Guide to the Galaxy, Karnac Books. Antonin Ferro, Luca Nicoli. 2017

20. The Gender Conundrum (The New Library of Psychoanalysis). Dana Birksted-Breen. Routledge. 1993

21. Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession. Janet Malcolm. 1997

22. Time Bomb in Families and how to Survive them. Spencer Pub. Averil Earnshaw. 1998

23. Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual.,PDM2, Guildford publications, edited by V Lingiardi and N McWilliams(2016)

24.Textbook of Psychoanalysis, APA Publishing. Glen O Gabbard (2011)

25. The Development of the Unconscious Mind, W. W. Norton & Company, Allan N. Schore(2019)

26. Right Brain Psychotherapy, W. W. Norton & Company. Allan Schore(2019)


1. The Patient and the Analyst, Sandler, Dare and Holder (1992) Karnac Books

2. On Learning from the Patient, Casement P. (1985) Routledge

3. The Making of a Psychotherapist, Symington N. (1997) Karnac Books

4. The Analytic Experience, Symington N, (1986) Free Association Books

5. The Analysis of Defense: The Ego & The Mechanisms of Defense Revisited. Sandler, Joseph, and Freud, Anna (1985). Madison CT: International Universities Press

6. The Psychoanalytic Vision: The Experiencing Subject, Transcendence, and the Therapeutic Process. New York: Routledge. Summers, Frank (2013)

7. Understanding Countertransference: From Projective Identification to Empathy. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press. Tansey, Michael, and Burke, Walter (1995)

8. Psychoanalytic Case Formulation, New York: The Guilford Press, Inc. McWilliams N. (1999)

9. Relational Theory and the Practice of Psychotherapy, NY: The Guildford Press, Wachtel, Paul (2008)

10. Therapeutic Communication: Knowing What to say and When (2nd Ed). NY: The Guilford Press. Wachtel, Paul (2011)

11. Psychodynamic Techniques: Working with Emotion in the Therapeutic Relationship. NY: Guilford Press. Maroda, Karen (2012)

12. The Dissociative Mind in Psychoanalysis: Understanding and Working with Trauma. Routledge. Howell, Elizabeth (2016)

13. Learning Along the Way. Routledge. Casement, Patrick (2018)

14. History Beyond Trauma. NY Other Press. Davoine, Francoise, Gaudilliere, Jean-Max 2004

15. Standing in the Spaces: Essays on Clinical Process, Trauma and Dissociation. NY: Routledge. Bromberg, Philip (2001)

16. Trans-generational Trauma and the Other. London and New York.Edited by Sue Grand and Jill Salberg. (2017)

17. The Shadow of the Tsunami and the Growth of the Relational Mind. NY: Routledge. Bromberg, Philip 2011

18. The How-To Book for Students of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Sheldon Bach

19. The Little Psychotherapy Book: Object Relations in Practice (1st Edition). Allan Frankland. Oxford Univeristy Press. 2010

20. Mentalizing in Clinical Practice, Jon G Allen, Peter Fonagy, Anthony W. Bateman. American Psychiatric Press. 2008

21. Wounds of History:Repair and Resilience in the Trans-Generational Transmission of Trauma, NY: Routledge. Jill Salberg, Sue Grand. 2016


1. The Earliest Relationship, Brazelton T. Berry and Cramer B 1991

2. Closely Observed Infants, 1989 Ed. Miller et al. Duckworth

3. John Bowlby and Attachment Theory, Holmes J 1993 Routledge

4. The Motherhood Constellation: A Unified View of Parent-Infant Psychotherapy. New York: Basic Books. Stern, Daniel (1996)

5. The Interpersonal World of the Infant: A View from Psychoanalysis and Developmental Psychology, New York: Basic Books. Stern, Daniel (1985/2001)

6. Talking to Babies: Psychoanalysis on a Maternity Ward. Boston, MA: Beacon Press Szejer, Myriam (2005)

7. Psychoanalytic Theories of Development: An Integration, New Haven: Yale University Press, Tyson, P., Tyson, R. (1990)

8. A Psychoanalytic Theory of Infantile Experience: Conceptual and Clinical Reflections. NY: Routledge. Gaddini, Eugenio (1992)

9. The Magic Years: Understanding and Handling the Problems of Early Childhood. NY: Fireside. Fraiberg, Selma (1959/1996)

10. Relationships in Development (Relational Perspectives Book Series). London and New York. Stephen Seligman.(2018)


1. Broken Structures: Severe Personality Disorders and their Treatment, New Jersey, Jason Aronson. Ahktar S (1992)

2. Neurotic Styles, New York: Basic Books. Shapiro, D. (1965)

3. Vulnerability to Psychosis: A Psychoanalytic Study of the Nature and Therapy of the Psychotic State. Franco De Masi. Routledge. 2009

Classic Readings


1. Selected Volumes from the Complete Psychological works of Sigmund Freud Standard Edition e.g. Vols 1V & V The Interpretation of Dreams Hogarth Press

2. The Life and Work of Sigmund Freud, ed L. Trilling & S Marcus, NY: Basic Books, Harper, Jones E. (1961)

3. The Freud Reader, NY: W. W. Norton 1989


1. The Piggle, Winnicott D, Penguin Books

2. Playing and Reality, Winnicott D (1971) New York Basic Books

3. Home is Where we Start From: Essays by a Psychoanalyst, NY: Norton. Winnicott, D. (1986)


1. Introduction to the Work of Melanie Klein, Segal H. Hogarth Press

2. Clinical Klein, Hinshelwood R D (1994) Free Association Books

3. Dictionary of Kleinian Thought, Hinshelwood R D (1989) Free Association Books