Irma Brenman Pick

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Irma Brenman Pick
Born(1934-04-13)13 April 1934
Died3 August 2023(2023-08-03) (aged 89)
NationalityBritish, South African
Alma materUniversity of the Witwatersrand
Scientific career
FieldsPsychotherapy, Clinical psychology
InstitutionsInstitute of Psychoanalysis

Irma Brenman Pick (13 April 1934 – 3 August 2023) was a South African-born British psychologist and psychoanalyst known for her work on countertransference.[1][2] She served as the president of the British Psychoanalytical Society from 1997 to 2000.

Early life[edit]

Brenman Pick was born on 13 April 1934 in South Africa, where she was also raised.[3] She initially planned to pursue further training to become a nursery teacher. But she chose to continue her education to the university level when she was encouraged to do so by the woman who interviewed her prior to entering the nursery teaching training program. Later, Brenman Pick attended the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and academically excelled in her chosen major, social science.[2][4][5]


Brenman Pick joined the Tavistock Clinic to train as a child psychotherapist when she moved to London with her first husband in 1955. She continued her education and practice there until 1960 when she started adult psychotherapy training as well as additional instruction in child psychotherapy at the Institute of Psychoanalysis.[2] Throughout her years of practice, she was influenced by the work of Melanie Klein, Wilfred Bion, and Herbert Rosenfeld. She served as the president of the British Psychoanalytical Society from 1997 to 2000 and also occupied the position of the Chair of the Student Progress and Education Committees and of the International Psychoanalytical Association’s Committee on Psychoanalytic Education.[2][4][6]

Personal life and death[edit]

When Brenman Pick was 20 years old, she married Abe Pick, a doctor, in South Africa. They had a son, Daniel Pick, born in 1960.[7] In 1961, Abe Pick died at the age of 35. In 1975, Pick re-married, this time to a fellow psychoanalyst, Eric Brenman, who died in 2012.[4]

Irma Brenman Pick died of lung cancer on 3 August 2023, at the age of 89.[3][8]

Selected works[edit]

  • Pick, I. B. (1985). Male sexuality: A clinical study of forces that impede development. International Journal of Psychoanalysis. 66:415-422.
  • Pick, I. B. (1985). Working through in the countertransference. International Journal of Psychoanalysis. 66:157-166.
  • Pick, I. B. (1988). Adolescence: its impact on patient and analyst. International Review of Psychoanalysis. 15:187-194.
  • Pick, I. B. (2018). Authenticity in the Psychoanalytic Encounter: The Work of Irma Brenman Pick. London: Routledge.


  1. ^ The Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review. Universitetsforlaget. 1994.
  2. ^ a b c d "Irma Brenman Pick | Institute of Psychoanalysis". Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  3. ^ a b Brearley, Michael (11 September 2023). "Irma Brenman Pick obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 September 2023.
  4. ^ a b c Pick, Irma Brenman (15 February 2018). Authenticity in the Psychoanalytic Encounter: The Work of Irma Brenman Pick. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-351-20149-0.
  5. ^ Brenman Pick, Irma (2018). Authenticity in the Psychoanalytic Encounter : the Work of Irma Brenman Pick. M. Fakhry Davids, Naomi Shavit (First ed.). London. ISBN 978-1-351-20151-3. OCLC 1019634114.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  6. ^ Zeavin, Lynne (2 October 2019). "Authenticity in the Psychoanalytic Encounter: The Work of Irma Brenman Pick". The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. 88 (4): 883–890. doi:10.1080/00332828.2019.1662650. ISSN 0033-2828. S2CID 210368359.
  7. ^ Brearley, Michael (1 April 2012). "Eric Brenman obituary". the Guardian. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Irma Brenman Pick obituary". The Times. 26 September 2023. Retrieved 26 September 2023.

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