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Viviane Green

  • B.Ed. (London), MA Cultural Studies (London)
  • Senior Lecturer in the Psychosocial Studies Department and tutor on the MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy

Research and Teaching


  • I am a registered practising psychoanalytic psychotherapist (BPC, ACP and ACP) working (in English and French) with children, adolescents and adults. For several years I worked in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in the NHS where I initiated a child psychotherapy service in an inner city school. From 1999 – 2009 I was Head of Child Psychotherapy Training at the Anna Freud Centre London. I have developed and taught on child psychotherapy training programmes in Europe and South America and have been involved in the profession as Vice Chair of the ACP Training Council and as Co Editor of the Journal for Child Psychotherapy. In addition to lecturing at Birkbeck I have been a guest lecturer for  the MSc on Developmental Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis, Yale/UCL/Anna Freud Centre. Currently I teach  seminars for the BPF.  I also collaborate with a Chinese colleague organising a 3 year programme in Beijing for Chinese mental health professionals working with children and adolescents.

Research interests

  • I am interested in the problems and possibilities of integrating accounts of emotional development drawing on a range biopsychosocial  frameworks as reflected in a book I edited Emotional Development in Psychoanalysis, Neuroscience and Attachment Theory - Creating Connections.(Hove:Brunner-Routledge. (2003) More recently, the focus has been on how a multi-perspective framework can inform a psychodynamic assessment and formulation.
  • I have a specific interest in clinical issues linked to the transmission of intergenerational trauma and a multi perspectives approach in understanding the growth of the capacity for empathy and its links to pathology. Parallel interests are the ways in which new findings can inform clinical practice and shape our understanding of psychic change. Practice based interest is in how  psychodynamic understanding can be widely applied by a range of practitioners working in diverse contexts in ways which leads to best practice.


  • I teach on 2 core modules on the MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Adults: Case Discussion and  Evidence Based Practice.


    I have co-supervised the following Professional Studies Doctorates:

  • Sarah Peters. D Psychotherapy, Child and Adolescent. Therapist’s understanding of treating medicated ADHD children (Awarded 2017). Co-supervisor Prof Bruna Seu
  • Olivia Thomson. D Psychotherapy, Child and Adolescent. The parental experience of adopting siblings (Awarded 2016). 1st supervisor Dr Stephen Frosh.



  • Green, V. (Ed.). (2003). Emotional Development in Psychoanalysis, Neuroscience and Attachment Theory - Creating Connections. Hove: Brunner-Routledge
  • (translated into Mandarin TBP 2018 by Beijing Multi-Million Electronic Graphics & Information Co Ltd)

Chapters in edited books

  • Green.V (2014) F. Guignard, S-M. Passone ( sous la direction ) :Chapitre  ‘L’analyte en tant qu’objet de developpement.’  in La Psychanalyse de l’enfant et de l’Adolescent :etat des lieux et perspective , Paris, Collection Sepea, Edition In Press
  • Green.V (2011) Chapter on The Clinical Training: 1947-2009. Commemorating a tradition. in ‘The Anna Freud Tradition - Lines of Development - Evolution of Theory and Practice over the Decades’.(Eds) Dr Norka T. Malberg, Psy.D. & Professor Joan Raphael-Leff, Ph.D. London:Karnac Books
  • Green, V (2009). ‘Intensive Psychotherapy.’ in Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. (Ed Horne.A and  Lanyado.M)  2nd edition. Routledge
  • Green V. (2007) Was konnen die Neurowissenschaften den Kindertherapeuten ambieten? ’ In Analytische Kinder und Jugendlichen Psychotherapie. Heft 133, XXXV111.Jg., 1/2007 Published by Brandes & Apsel Verlag,
  • Green V. (2004)    ‘A Atualidade da Psicanalise de Adolescentes.’   A Exploracao um Conflito Sobre a Bissexualidade em uma Adolescente. Ed Grana. R.B and A.Piva Casa do Psicologico  (pp.75-90)
  • Green, V. (2003). Le Travail avec les parents, Psychotherapies de L'Enfant et de L'Adolescent. In C. Geissman & Houzel (Eds.), L'enfant, ses parents et le psychanalyse. Paris: Editions Bayard (pp. 565-579).
  • Green, V (2001)  ‘Die analytische behandlung eines Jungen, der es vorzog zu verstummen.’ In Analytische Kinder und Jugendlichen Psychotherapie. Heft 109, XXX11.Jg. Published by Brandes & Apsel Verlag, (pp.43-62)
  • Green, V.(2000)  Chapter on ‘Work with Parents. Therapeutic Space for Recreating the Child in the Mind of the Parents,’ (Eds Dr Tsiantis.J et al) Work with Parents. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents.` E.F.P.P Clinical Monograph Series. Karnac Books. (pp.25-46)
  • Green, V.(1999)  Chapter on ‘ “Donald” the Treatment of A Five Year Old Boy with Early Experience of Early Loss.’ in ‘Psychoanalysis and Developmental Therapy’ ed Ann Hurry. Psychoanalytic Monographs No 3. Karnac Books.(pp 136-152)
  • Green, V. 1999. ‘Intensive Psychotherapy.’ in Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. (Ed Horne.A and  Lanyado.M)  Routledge (pp 199-214)
  • Fabricius, J and Green, V. (1995) ‘Termination in Child Analysis:A Child Led Process?’  Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, Vol.50 (pp. 205 –226)
  • Davey, B and  Green,V.(1995) ‘Adolescent Development and Risk Taking.’  In Birth to Old Age: Health in Transition (Ed. Davey,B) Open University Press, (pp.92-109)

Journal articles and Review 2000-2018

  • Green, V. and Joyce, A. (2017) 'Revised Diagnostic Profile 2016 Revisions Rationale and Further Thoughts' Journal of Infant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy 16(2): 138-148 DOI: 10.1080/15289168.2017.1309132
  • Davids, J., Green, V., Joyce, A. & McLean, D. (2017). 'Revised provisional diagnostic profile:2016'. Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 16(2), 149-157
  • Green, V. (2015) Book Review: The Language of Distress: Understanding Children's Behaviour by A.F. Brafman. Karnac, London, 2016. In British Journal of Psychotherapy, Volume 33, Issue 2
  • Green, V. (2015). 'Discussion of Hughes' "There's no Such Thing as a Whole Story"'. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 16(3): 170-178 DOI 10.1080/15240657.2015.1073033
  • Green, V. (2014). 'Reading Anna Freud' in Psychodynamic Practice 20:4. 402-404. DOI: 10.1080/14753634.2014.946785
  • Green.V (2013) ‘Grief in Two Guises’. In Journal of Child Psychotherapy. Routledge.Vol 39 No. 1 (pp76-89)
  • Green,V. (2012) Review of the The Thinking Heart. Alvarez,A. Sage Publications
  • Green, V. (2003). Objet de Transfert, Objet de Developpement dans la Cure Psychanalytique de l'Enfant. Le Journal de La Societe Europeene de la Psychanalyse de L'Enfant et de L'Adolescent, (pp.11-30)
  • Green,V (2001) ‘Leo the Analytic Treatment of an Elective Mute Boy’ In Journal of Child Analysis, Clinical, Theoretical and Applied. Vol 12 .  Cleveland Center for Research in Child Development (pp61-77)
  • Green,V (2001) ‘Commentaries on ‘The Symbolism of the story of Lot and his wife.’ Journal of Child Psychotherapy. Vol.27 No.1.Routledge. (pp37-41)
  • Green, V(2000) 'Latency.’ published in Czech Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Journal.
  • Green,V. (1999)   Review of ‘Imaginary Companions and the Children Who Create Them.’ by M.Taylor in Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Vol  41. No 3. Cambridge University Press.
  • Green,V. (1999) ‘Developmental Considerations and Diagnostic Assessments.’ Bulletin of the Anna Freud Centre,Vol.18. Pt 3.(pp. 173-186)
  • Green, V.  (1997) ‘L’Approcio al caso dell’Anna Freud Centre.’ In Psicologia Clinica dello Sviluppo. Vol. No.1.
  • Green, V. (1997).‘The Child Who Gets Under Your Skin.’ Paper presented at FAETT conference. Published by FAETT Journal
  • Green, V. (1996). Review of Give Sorrow Words by Dorothy Judd. In British Journal of Psychotherapy. Vol. 2, No 4. Routledge.
  • Green, V. (1996) Review of the Fenceless Field by Michael Fordham. In Journal of Child Psychotherapy. Vol.22 No 1. Routledge.
  • Green,V. (1994) ‘The Therapeutic Treatment of a Five Year Old Boy with Experience of Early Loss. Bulletin of the Anna Freud Centre, Volume 17, Pt 4. (pp, 271-290)
  • Green,V.(1994). Review of J - B Pontalis (translated by Free Association Books, 1993)  Greene, J with Regius, M-C )  Love of Beginnings. Journal of Child Psychotherapy.Vol 20, No 3.(p389-391)
  • Green,V. (1993) Commentary on an Infant Observation. British Journal of Psychotherapy. Routledge.


  • Panel member on Bringing up Britain.  Radio 4.
  • Interviewed for the Guardian on China’s ‘left behind children’.
  • External Lectures and Professional Activities

  • 2018 (forthcoming) Invited Chair: discussion of concluding discussion; Dr Peter Fonagy and Dr Jill miller at 40th Anniversary International Scientific Colloquium, Nov 2 -3.
  • 2017  ‘Fishbowl’ discussant at 39th Colloquium at International Scientific Colloquium at Anna Freud Centre on Adolescence
  • 2017 5 guest Lectures for Anna Freud Centre/Yale/UCL on Multi perspective module for MRes Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology
  • 2017 BPF (PPA section) 4 seminars on the Oedipus Complex
  • 2015 Invited Panellist, Like an Open Sky (a film by Mariana Otero). Birkbeck, 17th January.
  • 2015 Ellen Noonan lecture Birkbeck. "With children and adolescents in mind": Embodiment. A developmental perspective"
  • 2012 Invited to give supervision masterclass at The Anna Freud Centre Colloquium
  • External Examiner for Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Tavistock Clinic and Essex University

Professional membership and awards

Professional membership

  • ACP- Association of Child Psychotherapists
  • BCP- British Psychoanalytic Council
  • BPF- British Psychotherapy Foundation
  • Associate of the British Psychoanalytic Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Awards

    2012 Appointed as First High End Foreign Expert in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy to the People's Republic of China (SAFEA)

    Foreign Expert Activities

  • Guest lectures and specialist workshops
  • 2014 Invited Lecture. Thinking, Feeling and Being. TshingHua University. Beijing 16th December 2014.
  • 2015 Invited Lecture. Engaging And Understanding On Child Therapy.  Cheng Du, 5 April 2015.
  • 2015 Workshop, A Psychodynamic Understanding on Anna Freud Diagnosis Profile. Chinese Association for Mental Health. Shanghai, April 2015.
  • 2016 Workshop, Adolescent Psychological Development and Clinical Intervention, Psychological Counselling Center of Shandong University. Ji Nan 3rd-5th March 2016.
  • 2016 Invited Lecture: Normal Development on Parenting Under 5 Years’ Old, Public Lecture for Amcare Women's and Children’s Specialized Health. Beijing 16th April 2016.
  • Invited Speaker

  • 2018. Invited Speaker, Early Emotional Development. Chinese Association for Mental Health. Beijing.14.April 2018
  • 2018 Workshop, Parenting of Children and Adolescence Workshop—A Time Perspective Under the View of Psychoanalysis. Chinese Association for Mental Health. Hang Zhou 18th -20th April 2018.
  • 2017 Invited Speaker, Normal Development on Parenting Under 5’s. Huazhong University of Science and Technology  College Students Development and Research center. Wu Han 20th April.
  • 2017 Workshop, Empathy Technique Workshop Guangzhou, Chinese Association for Mental Health. Guang Zhou 21st-23rd August 2017.
  • 2017 Invited speaker, Parenting: Supportive Psychological Change, An Advance Workshop of The 10th Academic Conference of Chinese Association for Mental Health, Beijing 24th August 2017.
  • 2016 Invited speaker. Symposium on Cross-cultural Clinical Parental Work. National Psychoanalytical Demonstration Unit. Beijing. April 5,2016
  • Keynote

  • 2017 Invited Keynote Speaker, The Perspective of Psychodynamic Development In Early Development, The 10th Academic Conference of Chinese Association for Mental Health. Beijing 25th August 2017.
  • 2017 Invited Sub keynote Speaker, Some Thoughts On Empathy From A Developmental Perspective, The 5th Chinese Psychoanalysis Congress. Wuhan 21st April.


    In a time of contracting mental health services for young people in the UK, it has been a privilege to have collaborated with a Chinese colleague and seen a psychodynamic project adapt and flourish in another part of the world.

    The Sino British project is organised collaboratively with Dr Wang Qian, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and IPA analyst, based in Capital Anding Hospital: China’s. national centre for psychiatric health care. The project’s aims are to work with Chinese colleagues to introduce, develop and disseminate psychodynamic ideas and practice to working  professionals.  A further aim is to increase accessibility for a wider public through developing e learning resources. The project is integrally linked with child and adolescent clinicians based in the UK

    Dr Wang has spearheaded the strategic planning on the Chinese side enabling the project to be supported by the PRC foreign experts programme, China Mental health Association and the China Committee of the International Psychoanalytic Association.  I organise the UK side which involves developing the programme’s teaching and supervision events in Beijing and online supervision and observation groups. The overall perspective of the programme is broad based and developmental in orientation. Contributing tutors are child and adolescent clinicians.

    The project began modestly in 2012 with a one off 5-day programme for 80 child and adolescent mental postgraduate health professionals.  6 years in, now into its 3rd cohort, it has mushroomed into an established  trans national collaboration and delivers a 3 year programme in Beijing. In addition to the biannual teaching the programme currently runs 14 online weekly clinical and observation groups with teachers from the UK. It also runs a group for Chinese graduates to become the seminar leaders of the future. Workshops have also been run in other cities in China.

    The context for this new initiative is necessitated by the effects of extremely rapid social change in China with a concomitant growth  (particularly in the last 5 years) of emotional distress in families and its impact on children and adolescents. There is a felt need for mental health professionals to expand their understanding of the field in ways that are congruent with their context. In turn the challenge for those invited to contribute to the programme is to uncover ways of being found rather than lost in translation.

Contact details

Room 201b, 30 Russell Square
Department of Psychosocial Studies
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1B 5DT

Tel: +44 (0)20 7631 6395