Barnaby B. Barratt

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Barnaby Burgess Barratt (born 17 April 1950)[1] is a British psychoanalyst,[2] specialist in human sexuality,[3] somatic psychologist (somatic psychology), human rights activist and practitioner of meditation in the traditions of tantra. Having lived in England, India, USA and Thailand, he currently practices in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is Director of the international graduate academy, the Parkmore Institute.


Barratt was born in Reading, Berkshire.[4] He was educated as a Quaker at Leighton Park School and graduated with first class Honors in Social Psychology with a minor in Asian and African Studies from the University of Sussex in 1973. He earned a master's degree in Psychology and Social Relations and a PhD in Personality and Developmental Psychology at Harvard University in 1976 with clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He graduated from the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute in 1989 and earned a second PhD in Human Sexuality in 1995 from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.


Early in his career, Barratt was elected a postdoctoral Fellow with the University of Michigan Society of Fellows[5] and served on the University’s faculty in the Department of Psychology. For a major portion of his mid‑career, he was Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

He was appointed and served on the Faculty of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute for fifteen years, including almost a decade as a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst. He is currently a Training Analyst with the South African Psychoanalytic Association[6] and a full clinical member of both the International Psychoanalytical Association[7] and the European Association for Body Psychotherapy[8] as well as being elected as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.[9] He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology[10]

As former Director of the Midwest Institute of Sexology, Barratt offered expert testimony in 2005 to the Michigan House of Representatives’ Committee on Constitutional Law and Ethics.[11] He spoke in 2009 at the 19th WAS World Congress for Sexual Health on "Sexual Health & Rights: A Global Challenge", in Göteborg Sweden. More recently, he was a keynote speaker at the 2015 Annual Conference of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy, presented at the 2015 Congress of the International Psychoanalytic Association, lectured on psychoanalysis in Tehran in 2016, and was an invited speaker at the Taiwan Conference on the “Asian Oedipus” in 2017.

Barratt is past President of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists[12][13][14] and former Director of the Woodhull Freedom Foundation and Federation now known as the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance, which advocates for sexual freedom as a fundamental human right. He is currently on the Board of Trustees of Positive Vibes[15] an organization that operates throughout southern Africa, supporting HIV+ community groups and advocating for the human rights and civil liberties of GLBTQI communities. He is a longstanding supporter of Amnesty International as well as other human rights and civil liberties organizations.

He has served on the editorial boards of a number of national and international, scientific and professional journals, currently including Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society[16] and Psychoanalytic Psychology.[17] In addition to his books, he has published over a hundred articles and reviews in scientific and professional journals.


In addition to the books listed below, Barratt has published about seventy professional and scientific articles, reviews and book chapters.

  • Psychic Reality and Psychoanalytic Knowing. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press, 1984. ISBN 0-88163-013-6.[18][19]
  • Psychoanalysis and the Postmodern Impulse: Knowing and Being since Freud's Psychology. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993. ISBN 0-8018-4547-5.[20][21]
  • The Emergence of Somatic Psychology and Bodymind Therapy. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. ISBN 978-0-230-22216-8.[22]
  • What is Psychoanalysis? 100 Years after the ‘Secret Committee.’ Hove, UK: Routledge, 2012. ISBN 978-0-415-69273-1


  1. ^ The Writers Directory. 16th edition, 2001. Detroit: St. James Press.
  2. ^ Louis S. Berger (2002). Issues in Psychoanalysis and Psychology: Annotated Collected Papers. Trafford Publishing. pp. 282–. ISBN 978-1-55369-348-2.
  3. ^ Leendert Mos (6 December 2012). Annals of Theoretical Psychology. Springer Science & Business Media. pp. 228–. ISBN 978-1-4615-6453-9.
  4. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916-2007
  5. ^ "Alumni Fellows". Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  6. ^ Michael Parsons (2000). The Dove that Returns, the Dove that Vanishes: Paradox and Creativity in Psychoanalysis. Psychology Press. pp. 190–. ISBN 978-0-415-21182-6.
  7. ^ Association, The International Psychoanalytical. "Home". Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  8. ^ "EABP | European Association for Body Psychotherapy". Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  9. ^ "American Psychological Association (APA)". Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  10. ^ "PUBLIC - American Board of Professional Psychology". Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  11. ^ Barboka, Vinny. "Utah: Pornography Capital of America?'. Social Dialogue, Volume 3 Issue 1
  12. ^ Sallie Foley (2006). Modern Love: A No-Nonsense Guide to a Life of Passion. Sterling Pub. pp. 21–. ISBN 978-1-4027-4075-6.
  13. ^ Feifer, Jason. "Sex Therapy On Call ". The Washington Post.
  14. ^ Emmis Communications (November 2005). Indianapolis Monthly. Emmis Communications. pp. 110–. ISSN 0899-0328.
  15. ^ Vibes, Positive. "Positive Vibes". Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  16. ^ "Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society - A Palgrave journal". Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  17. ^ "Psychoanalytic Psychology". Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  18. ^ Murray Meisels; Ester R. Shapiro (13 May 2013). Tradition and innovation in Psychoanalytic Education: Clark Conference on Psychoanalytic Training for Psychologists. Routledge. pp. 166–. ISBN 1-134-74690-3.
  19. ^ Murray Meisels; Ester R. Shapiro; Helen Block Lewis (1990). Tradition and Innovation in Psychoanalytic Education. Psychology Press. pp. 166–. ISBN 978-0-8058-0386-0.
  20. ^ Anthony Elliott (2004). Social Theory Since Freud: Traversing Social Imaginaries. Psychology Press. pp. 139–. ISBN 978-0-415-27163-9.
  21. ^ Carmel Flaskas (2 September 2003). Family Therapy Beyond Postmodernism: Practice Challenges Theory. Routledge. pp. 21–. ISBN 978-1-134-73930-1.
  22. ^ Bader-Johansson, Christine. "A Review of Barnaby B. Barratt ’s The Emergence of Somatic Psychology and Bodymind Therapy". United States Association for Body Psychotherapy.