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Sexual Minorities and Mental Health: Current Perspectives and New Directions

Joanna Semlyen and Poul Rohleder (Editors)

(with a foreword by Dr Jack Drescher)

Published December Palgrave MacMillan 


A Clinical Guide to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Deborah Abrahams and Poul Rohleder

(with a foreword by Prof. Peter Fonagy)

Published 2021 by 

Qualitative Research in Clinical and Health Psychology 
Published 2014 by Palgrave

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Critical Issues in Clinical and

Health Psychology

Published 2012 by Sage Publications.


Selected Articles and Book Chapters

Taylor, L., Kegerreis, S. and Rohleder, P., (2023). Loss and Survival: Experiences of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists Working Remotely During the COVID-19 Pandemic. British Journal of Psychotherapy. 39 (1), 182-197

Rohleder, P., Ryan-Flood, R. and Walsh, J., (2023). Holding hands: LGBTQ people’s experiences of public displays of affection with their partner(s). Psychology and Sexuality, 1-13

Semlyen, J. and Rohleder, P., (2022). Critical psychology perspectives on LGBTQ+ mental health: current issues and interventions. Psychology & Sexuality. 13 (5), 1105-1108

Rohleder, P., Watermeyer, B., Braathen, SH., Hunt, X. and Swartz, L., (2019). Impairment, socialization and embodiment: The sexual oppression of people with physical disabilities. Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. 24 (3), 260-281

Rohleder, P., (2019). Homophobia, heteronormativity and shame. In: Sexuality and Gender Now: Looking beyond heteronormativity. Editors: Hertzmann, L. and Newbigin, J., . Routledge. 40- 56. 9780367254100

Rohleder, P., (2019). (No) time for love: Reflecting on relationships in psychotherapy. European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling. 21 (3-4), 276-287

Watermeyer, B., Hunt, X., Swartz, L. and Rohleder, P., (2019). Navigating the relational psychic economy of disability: The case of M. Psychoanalytic Dialogues. 29 (5), 515-531


Rohleder, P., (2016). Othering, blame and shame when working with people living with HIV. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. 30 (1), 62-78

Rohleder, P., (2014). Othering. In: Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. Editors: Teo, T., . Springer. 1306- 1308


Rohleder, P., (2014). Projection, Overview. In: Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. Springer New York. 1520- 1522


Contributions to press articles

My mother’s grief is making our relationship toxicThe Guardian, April 2023

My boyfriend is older, richer and better educated than me. Should I marry him? The Guardian, December 2022

How do I cope with a friend who is consistently flaky? The Guardian, September 2022

The summer of stress – how to cope with fear and uncertainty in a pandemic, The Guardian, July 2020

I'm anxious about returning to the world after lockdown. Is this normal?, The Guardian, June 2020


Academic Publications and Research

For 15 years I was an academic and researcher, and last had a post as a senior lecturer at the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. I have published a number of academic papers on matters of sexuality, diversity, and mental health, which are listed on my ResearchGate profile.

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