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Andrew Charles Skarbek

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 07 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1414
  1. Peter Shoenberg

After training at the Maudsley and Cane Hill Hospitals and at the Institute of Psychoanalysis, Andrew Charles Skarbek completed a PhD on the effects of drugs on speech at the psycholinguistics unit at University College London in 1967. He was appointed consultant psychotherapist at Runwell, Rochford, and Basildon Hospitals in 1977; he also worked as consultant to the Invalid Children’s Aid Association School and Manor House School for children with language and communication problems, as well as advising the National Association for Mental Health on residential establishments. In the early 1980s he was an associate professor at the University of Ottawa. He was one of a generation of psychiatrists who helped develop psychodynamic psychotherapy services in the NHS.

Born in Lwów of a distinguished aristocratic family, he escaped from Poland and arrived in the UK in 1946 to join his father who had been serving in the Polish government in exile in London during the second world war. These experiences informed this warm and lively man, whose clinical approach to psychotherapy remained independent and undogmatic. He belonged to the independent group of psychoanalysts in the British Psychoanalytic Society and was a member of a Freud-Jung Study group. He published papers on methodology and on psychopharmacological subjects and wrote a chapter on “Stresses in psychotherapists inside the NHS” in Stress in Psychotherapists (edited by VP Varma and published in 1967).

He was married twice, first to Shelagh de Fane Morgan and then to Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of SANE. He is survived by them, together with his seven children and by Anna Teicher, his partner of the last 20 years.


Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1414


  • Consultant psychiatrist in psychotherapy Runwell, Rochford, and Basildon Hospitals (b 1925 q St Mary’s Hospital 1954; PhD), d 16 November 2011.

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