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The next Limbus lecture : Denise Cullington,  ‘Ten things I love about psychoanalysis.’


Farhad Dalal writes to remind us the next Limbus lecture is on Saturday, February 1st, 2020.

The speaker is Denise Cullington and her subject “Ten Things I Love about Psychoanalysis.”

The lecture start at 10.30 am (arrivals from 10 am) and will be held at Studio 3, The Space, Dartington Hall, Totnes. 

The fee is £20 and payment may be made on arrival or on-line at 


Denise Cullington

Ten Things I like about Psychoanalysis


Writing my book The Rough Beast: Psychoanalysis in Everyday Life was like a profound meditation on my craft. What did I have to say to an everyday, curious, suspicious reader about psychoanalysis? What were the most important things to describe – away from the jargon and over intellectualising we can sometimes do? What is psychoanalysis (or less intensive analytically-based psychotherapy)? How does it work? Is there anything in it to offer other professionals too?


Denise Cullington trained at the Tavistock Clinic and the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London. Her core profession was Clinical Psychology and before this she lived and painted in the USA and Puerto Rico.

Her first book Breaking Up Blues (Routledge,2008) was described as “by far and away the best book I have ever read on the emotional and psychological cost of divorce. It ….has the uncanny ability to cut through to the heart of the issues” (Heiss, Amazon).

Patrick Casement said of her second book, The Rough Beast: Psychoanalysis in Everyday Life (Routledge, 2018) that it was “so beautifully written some readers may find this book almost impossible to put down……this remarkable book calls out tube read and re-read. There will be more to find and to enjoy with each reading. It is so readily accessible, and yet much of it is so profound.”