December 2019

Moisés Lemlij’s book ‘Face to Face‘ featuring an interview with Estela is featured in Brett Kahr’s top 10 books of 2019

6 ) Moisés Lemlij, Face to Face: Leo Rangell. Arnold Richards. Estela Welldon (Sidea, 2019).

The Peruvian clinician, Professor Moisés Lemlij, one of the leading lights of psychoanalysis in South America, has produced a book of interviews with three of the superstars of our profession: the late Professor Leo Rangell – a former President of both the American Psychoanalytic Association and, also, of the International Psycho-Analytical Association – and the still vibrant icons, Professor Arnold Richards of New York City and Professor Estela Valentina Welldon of London. Lemlij – a skilled psychoanalyst of long standing – created an environment in which each of these clinical titans could speak to him in a frank and often unfettered style, revealing not only a great deal about the brilliance of our field but, also, about its shadow side. For those who might share my passion for the history of psychoanalysis, this book contains innumerable compelling anecdotes about our forefathers and foremothers which cannot be obtained elsewhere. The interviews also reveal much about the ways in which psychotherapists and psychoanalysts often treat one another with primitive cruelty and institutional backstabbing. Lemlij quizzed Rangell, Richards, and Welldon at length about their careers. Perhaps unsurprisingly, each discussed his or her work with patients in a very straightforward manner, but, by contrast, these senior clinicians all complained about some of the uglier organisational dynamics which have, at times, come to characterise this field, not least, the regrettable splitting into sub-divisions, whether Freudian, Kleinian, Winnicottian, and so forth. During his interview with Richards, the editor and interviewer, Lemlij, shared a provocative riddle: “Do you know the story about the difference between the Kleinians and Freudians? In a Freudian analysis the analyst might die, and the patient will barely know and in a Kleinian analysis the patient might die, and the analyst won’t know.” This sort of “joke” certainly typifies some of the vitriolic in-fighting which still mars certain psychological institutions. Collegial gossip, however, represents only one part of this deeply absorbing book. We have much to learn from such “tribal elders”, each of whom has made tremendous contributions to our profession in numerous forms over decades and decades of sustained and inspiring labours.


16th November 2019

Estela is present with the PPNow 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony at the British Museum



October 2019

Estela will be the Director of the Summer School on Forensic Psychotherapy for Russian students in London, July 2020 


January 2019

Estela becomes the Director of the first Russian course on Forensic Psychotherapy delivered in Moscow


June 2018

Estela is a founding member of the Italian Forensic Psychotherapy Association, SIPFo