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Joseph Berke

Joseph H. Berke
Advisory Board Member


Joseph H. Berke M.D., is the Director of the Arbours Association and the Arbours Crisis Centre in London, where he also has a private practice as an individual and family psychotherapist. His forthcoming books include, Even Paranoids Have Enemies: New Perspectives on Paranoia and Persecution (co-editor and contributor), Routledge, and Psychoanalysis and Kabbalah (with Stanley Schneider), Jason Aronson Inc.

Principle psychological areas of interest include psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, psychosis, therapeutic communities, transpersonal psychology and treating the 'untreatable'. Other major areas of interest includes Judaism, and the Jewish mystical tradition: Kabbalah and Chassidism.


Mary Barnes: Two Accounts of a Journey Through Madness (with Mary Barnes)

American editions: Harcourt, Brace & Jovanovitch, New York, 1971
Psychology Today Bookclub, 1971
Ballantine Books, 1971
The Other Press, New York, 2002 (3rd revised edition)
British editions: MacGibbon & Kee, London, 1971
Penguin Books, 1973
Pelican Books, 1982 (Revised, expanded edition)
Free Association Books, 1990 (2nd Revised edition)
Other editions: Finnish, Danish, Dutch, French, Norwegian, Swedish, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, and Italian.

Adaptation: Stage play by David Edgar, Eyre Methuen, 1979)

« Un voyage a travers la folie »
Editions du Seuil, Paris, 2002 (2nd revised edition)

Counter Culture: The Creation of an Alternative Society (Co-Editor and Contributor)
Peter Owen Ltd, London 1969.

The Cannabis Experience: An Interpretative Study of the Effects of Marijuana and Hashish (with Carvin C. Hernton)
Peter Owen Ltd, London 1974.
Quartet Books, 1976

Butterfly Man: Madness, Degradation & Redemption
Hutchinson & Co, London 1977
French edition, 1970

I Haven't Had To Go Mad Here.
Pelican Books, London, 1979
Spanish edition, 1980

The Tyranny of Malice: Exploring the Dark side of Character and Culture.
Summit Books, New York, 1988
Simon & Schuster (UK), London, 1989.

Sanctuary: The Arbours Experience of Alternative Community Care (Co-Editor and Contributor)
Process Press, London, 1995.

Even Paranoids Have Enemies: New Perspectives on Paranoia and Persecution (Co-Editor and Contributor)
Routledge, London and New York, 1998.

Beyond Madness: Psychosocial Interventions in Psychosis (Co-Editor and Contributor).
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, 2001.

Book Chapters

"Anti-Psychiatry - An Interview" in R. D. Laing & Anti-Psychiatry, edited by Robert Boyers and Robert Orrill.
Perennial Library, Harper & Row, New York, 1971 (also republished in other anthologies in the United States and Europe)

"ECT: The Slaughterhouse Discovery" in
L'altra pazzla: Mappa antologica de la psiquiatria alternativa. Laura Forti, Ed.
Foltrinelli Editore, Milan, 1975.

"An Alternative Sanctuary: The Arbours Crisis Centre" in
Therapeutic Communities: Healing Strategies for Human Relations. Uri Rueveni, Ross Speck and Joan Speck, Eds.
Human Sciences Press, New York, 1982.

"Shame and Envy," in
The Many Faces of Shame, Donald Nathanson, Ed.
Guildford Publications, New York, 1987.

"Psychotic Interventions at the Arbours Crisis Centre" in
Psychosis: Understanding and Treatment, Jane Ellwood, Ed.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, 1995.

"Anti-Psychiatry: The Ethical and Practical Alternatives to Traditional Treatment" in
Psychiatric Nursing: The Ethical strife, P. J. Barker and Ben Davidson, Eds.
Edward Arnold Ltd, London, 1995.

"Malice and Fascism" in
Hate thy neighbour: The dividing lines of race and culture. Susan Greenberg, Ed.
Camden Press, London. 1998.

"Confusions in the Therapeutic Community" in
Group psychotherapy of the Psychoses. Victor Schermer and Malcolm Pines, Eds.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London. 1999.

"The Power of Projective Processes in Large Groups" in
The Large Group Re-Visited: The Herd, Primal Horde, Crowds and Masses. Stanley Schneider and Haim Weinberg, Eds.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, 2003.


"The Fickle Fix: Report on a Report on Drug Addiction"
The Radical Therapist, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1970.

"Continuing Kingsley Hall"
The New York Review of Books, 3 June 1971.

"ECT: The Slaughterhouse Discovery"
General Practitioner, April 1972.

"The Arbours: A Place of Quiet"
Quadrille, fall 1973
republished in Self & Society, Oct. 1973.

On the Multigenerational Study of the Family of the Schizophrenic" (with Leon Redler)
Arbours Network, No. 8, 1975
also French and Spanish editions.

"The Case of Susan and Peter: The Psychotherapeutic Treatment of an Acute Psychotic Episode at the Arbours Crisis Centre",
Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, Vol. 12, No. 2, 1981,
also Spanish edition.

"Envy Loveth Not: A Study of the Origin, Influence and Confluence of Envy and Narcissism",
British Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol. 1, No. 3, Winter 1985.

"Shame and Envy", British Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol. 2, No. 4, 1986.

"Arriving, settling-in, settling-down, leaving and following-up: Stages of stay at the Arbours Centre", British Journal of Medical Psychology, Vol. 60, Spring 1987.

"Penis Greed", British Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol. 5, No. 3, Winter 1989.

"R. D. Laing: An Appreciation," British Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol. 7, No. 2, Winter 1990.

"The Conjoint Therapy of Severely Disturbed Individuals within a Therapeutic Milieu," International Journal of Therapeutic Communities, Vol. 10, No. 4, Winter 1990.

"Psychosis and Malice", The Psychoanalytic Review,Vol.78, No 1, Spring 1991.

"Psychotic Interventions at the Arbours Crisis Centre," British Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol. 10, No 3, Spring 1994.

"The Good and the Bad Therapist," The British Journal of Medical Psychotherapy, Vol. 10, Issues 2-3, Fall 1994.

"Antithetical Meanings of the 'Breast'," (with Stanley Schneider), The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 75, Part 3, June 1994.

"When Little Men Become Big", History Today Vol. 45, No. 4, April 1995.

"Breast, Robbery or the Devil?" (with Stanley Schneider) The Jewish Bible Quarterly, Vol. XXIII, No. 2 (90), April-June 1995.

"Psychoanalysis & Kabbalah", The Psychoanalytic Review, Vol. 83, No.6, December 1996.
Romanian translation: Omen: Revista de Psihanaliza, No 8, 2001.

The Wellsprings of Fascism: Individual Malice, Group Hatreds and the Emergence of National Narcissism," Free Associations, Vol. 6, Part 3 (Number 39), 1996.

"Womb Envy", Journal of Melanie Klein and Object Relations, Vol. 15, No, 3, September 1997.

"Medication as Panacea" (with Stanley Schneider) Group Analysis, 30:3, 1997

"Reality, Words and Universes," (with Stanley Schneider) Michlol, Vol. 19, pp 79-85, 1999/5760 (Hebrew)

"Sigmund Freud and the Lubavitcher Rebbe" (with Stanley Schneider) The Psychoanalytic Review, Vol. 87, No. 1 Feb 2000.

"The Rebbe RaShAB and Sigmund Freud," Concord, Vol. 29, No.1, October 2000.

"Arbours Crisis Centre: 25th Anniversary, Introduction to the Celebration" British Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol. 17, No. 2, Winter 2000.

"Chassidus & Psychoanalysis" Concord, Vol.29, No.2, December 2000.

"A Tale of Two Orphans: The Limits of Categorisation" (with Stanley Schneider) Mental Health, Religion & Culture, Vol. 4 No 1, Spring 2001.
Spanish Translation: Clinica y Analysis Grupal, Vol. 23, 2001.
republished: Concord, Vol. 30, December 2001

"Trick or Treat: the Divided Self of R.D. Laing," Janus Head, Pittsburgh, PA, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2001.

"Mary Barnes: Madwoman, Visionary, Mystic," Therapeutic Communities, Vol. 23, No. 2, 2002.

"The Arbours 30+ Years," ISPS Newsletter, No.2, January 2002.

"When Does a Beginning Begin, and When Can an Ending End?" Journal of the Crisis Centre, No.12, 2002.

"Whose in Charge Here? Projective Processes of course!" Therapeutic Communities, Vol. 24, No. 4, 2003

Internet Publications

"The Jewish Mystical Tradition & Psychoanalysis" Academy of Jerusalem, October 1997.

"Yankel" (with Gedaliah Fleer) In Between the Lines: Explorations of Jewish Mysticism, Identity, and Self Transformation, Vol. 1, No. 2, June 1998. email:

Books In Progress

Malice Through The Looking Glass: A Study of the Shadow Side of the Self and Society Completed. Awaiting publication.

The Way of the Great Dragon: Psychoanalysis and Kabbalah Vol. 1 (with Stanley Schneider) Supported by : The Littauer Foundation

Centres of Power: Psychoanalysis and Kabbalah Vol. 2 (with Stanley Schneider) Supported by: The Littauer Foundation.

Truth Has Nine Faces: Tales of Divine Providence (with Gedaliah Fleer)


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