Thursday, 12 March 2009




Sigmund Freud by Andy Warhol


Psychoanalysis, the original talking cure, was invented by Sigmund Freud, Josef Breuer -a GP- and their patients. From these early days in Austria it expanded internationally until the analyst and his couch became the ultimate Hollywood cliche.

Psychoanalysis developed into different schools, but common to all is a dedication to authentic speaking and careful listening. Healing is promoted through self-knowledge, gained by uncovering unconscious scripts and desires that determine expectations, behaviours, thinking, and phantasy.

Because psychoanalytic treatment is labour intensive and demands an extremely long period of training, it is rarely available for adults on the NHS.

At the beginning of the twenty-first century however, psychoanalysis remains a versatile and sophisticated treatment. It increasingly attracts people seeking an alternative to the generalized, narrowly structured, and highly regulated therapies promoted by health officials and governments throughout Europe.

Psychoanalysis can be brief -Gustav Mahler's treatment by Freud took place during an afternoon's stroll. It also can be long-term and intensive with several sessions a week over several years. In the middle are the vast majority of people who attend Rodney Street Psychoanalytic Practice for one session a week during twelve to eighteen months of treatment.
(The image above is Oedipus by Francis Bacon)
Consulting Room: Rodney Street

Whereas Oedipus was Freud's tragic hero

and Klein drew inspiration from the Oresteia,

Lacan praised Antigone for her single-mindednes.


FEES 2009

Freud's Consulting Room

Single Consultation for Assessment Employment or Mental Health Advice:


Ongoing Treatment:

£35.00p per weekly session

(discounted rates apply for two or three sessions a week)

To arrange a consultation or request further information email:

Rodney Street Psychoanalytic Practice was founded in 2000 by Mark Fisher (known also to longstanding friends and colleagues as Simon).
Mark has experience of working for universities, the national health service, private clinics, and commmunity organisations. Born in Merseyside, he was educated in London, Israel, Texas, and Oxford. His interest in psychoanalysis began whilst he was a research fellow at Oxford in the 1970s and '80s. He returned to Liverpool in 1990 for a clinical post.
During two decades in NHS he achieved the grade of professional lead in psychotherapy. He is a member of the New Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis which has a branch society in London. For many years has been a member of The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and regularly contributes to its journals.
Along with other analysts he founded the Merseyside Association for Psychoanalysis to promote the theory and practice of psychoanalysis in Merseyside and the Northwest. MAP holds regular seminars and case conferences for people interested in the teachings and clinical applications of psychoanalysis.
Further Information

Mark Fisher email
New Lacanian School
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Merseyside Assosciation for Psychoanalysis
MIND -the mental health charity