Congratulations to ACG alumna and psychologist Athina Tsoukali (DEREE ’79 – psychology major), for recently publishing the second Greek edition of Dr Estela Welldon’s bestselling Mother, Madonna, Whore: The Idealization and Denigration of Motherhood (after first publishing the work in Greek in 1988 with publishers Ellinika Grammata, and now with Anatolikos publishers).

Ms Tsoukali was also instrumental in bringing the renowned psychoanalytical psychotherapist and organizational consultant Dr Estela Welldon to the DEREE campus for a packed lectured at the 7th level auditorium, entitled “The Dark Side of Female Sexuality,” on February 27.

Invited by DEREE’s Graduate Program the MS in Counseling Psychology & Psychotherapy, Dr Welldon presented case studies tracing her work on both female and male perversions over the decades.

Taking the floor, Ms Tsoukali said she was elated to be back on campus after so many years, and thanked DEREE for hosting the event, while she also thanked “her friend Dr Welldon for her generosity in offering this lecture,” and gave a brief overview of Dr Welldon’s life and work – from her beginnings in Argentina through her training and work in the UK, becoming a “pioneer in psychotherapy. She has even developed a new therapeutic approach, where both victims and perpetrators are members of the same therapeutic group,” Dr Tsoukali noted in her introduction.

A rapt audience, made up mostly of professional psychotherapists from around the country, students, faculty, staff, journalists and other guests, asked Dr Welldon a number of questions after the lecture, which she responded to using insightful examples from her long career.

Dr Welldon, MD DSc (Hon) F.R.C.Psych.BPC Hon.Memb. A.Psa.A, is founder and honorary-elected president for life of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy, Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychotherapy at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, and the author of several books – including Mother, Madonna, Whore: The Idealization and Denigration of Motherhood (1988) which has been translated into Greek by Athina Tsoukali (DEREE ‘79), entitled Μητέρα, Αγία, Πόρνη. Η Σκοτεινή Πλευρά της Μητρότητας, published by Ellinika Grammata, Athens 1997 and recently republished by Anatolikos.

To learn more about Estela Welldon,

MD DSc (Hon) F.R.C.Psych.BPC Hon.Memb. A.Psa.A, visit here

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