Winnicott: Margaret Boyle Spelman in conversation with Berna O’Brien

‘Winnicott: Margaret Boyle Spelman in conversation with Berna O’Brien’ a podcast for the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP). For more information on the IFPP go to

In this episode a recording of a conversation between psychoanalytic psychotherapists Berna O’Brien and Margaret Boyle Spelman. The conversation centred on the work of renowned paediatrician and psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott and was recorded for podcasting by @real-smart-media at an event dedicated to Winnicott which took place at the Teacher’s Club, Dublin on the 23rd of April 2016.

Berna O Brien is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in private practice in Ranelagh, Dublin 6. Berna has a background in Psychology, Philosophy and General Nursing. She is a member of the British Psychological Society, The Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and a registrant of the Irish Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Berna is a former member of the Training Committee and Former Director of Education of Years 3 and 4 of the Training for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the IIPP. She is a Training Analyst and Clinical Supervisor at the IIPP and Trinity College, Dublin. She is a lecturer on the MPhil in Psychanalytic Studies and The MSc in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at TCD. Berna’s areas of special interest are: psychosomatic illness, the works of Wilfred Bion, clinical training and the ongoing development of the therapist.

Margaret Boyle Spelman PhD is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Training Therapist and Clinical Supervisor in private practice in Dublin ( Margaret is a registered counselling and registered clinical psychologist, organisational psychologist and registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist and has worked for three decades in the Irish health services with particular interests in early intervention, parenting and learning disability. She is a past Executive Council Member of the Psychological Society of Ireland; Past Board Director of the Irish Forum of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and of the Irish Council of Psychotherapy and past Vice Chair of its Psychoanalytic Section. Her lecturing has included graduate, postgraduate and professional courses offered by the psychology, psychiatry and philosophy departments of UCD, TCD and also with the Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Margaret has published two books with Karnac on the subject of Winnicott; Winnicott’s Babies and Winnicott’s Patients – Psychoanalysis as Transitional Space and The Evolution of Winicott’s Thinking – A Study in the Growth of Psychoanalytic Thought. She has also co-edited The Winnicott Tradition, M. Boyle Spelman and F. Thomson-Salo (eds.) in a series on psychoanalytic giants, also by Karnac.