Susie Orbach (born 1946) is a British psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, writer and social critic.

Early life

Orbach was born in London in 1946, and was brought up in Chalk Farm, north London, the child of Jewish parents, British MP (Labour) Maurice Orbach and an American mother (who was a teacher). She won a scholarship to North London Collegiate School, and attended until she was 15.


With Luise Eichenbaum, Orbach created the Women’s Therapy Centre in 1976 and the Women’s Therapy Centre Institute, a training institute in New York, in 1981. She has been a consultant for The World Bank, the NHS and Unilever and was co-originator of the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty.


Orbach has been a Visiting Scholar at the New School for Social Research in New York and Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics for ten years. She is currently chair of the Relational School in the UK. Orbach is a convener of Anybody, an organization that campaigns for body diversity. She is a co-founder and board member of Antidote, which works for emotional literacy. Orbach is also a co-founder of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility. She lectures and broadcasts extensively world-wide and has been profiled in numerous newspapers, such as The Guardian.


Orbach has a clinical practice and sees both individuals and couples in London.


Susie Orbach Poems

Susie Orbach Quotes

Fat is a social disease, and fat is a feminist issue.
Susie Orbach (b. 1946), U.S. psychotherapist, feminist, author. Fat Is a Feminist Issue, introduction (1978).
Fat is a way of saying "no" to powerlessness and self-denial.
Susie Orbach (b. 1946), U.S. psychotherapist, feminist, author. Fat is a Feminist Issue, introduction (1978).

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