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Louise Emanuel obituary

Story from: South Africa | The Guardian

Consultant psychotherapist who worked with traumatised children worldwide

Louise Emanuel, who has died aged 63 from sporadic prion disease, also known as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), was a consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist of international repute who had a gift for helping damaged children and their parents. She was also recognised for her pioneering role in setting up early intervention services abroad.

Based at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust in north London, where she took over leading the Under Fives Services in 2000, Louise developed their pre-existing psychoanalytic model of short-term work offering sessions with under-fives and their parents, and exported it around the world, helping to set up similarly successful models in Greece, Italy, Turkey, Ireland, Australia and her native South Africa.

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