Jack Nathan

BSc (Hons), CQSW, MSc, Mem. LCP, Mem. BPC

Consultant Psychotherapist

Jack Nathan is a consultant psychotherapist for the Psychotherapy Service (SHOPS) and and has been part of the team since 1997. He also works for Lambeth Integrated Psychological Therapies Team (IPTT) and is Trust Advisor for Psychotherapy. Jack was previously a lecturer in social work at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.

During his career, he has developed a form of short-term psychotherapy treatment called Brief-Intermittent Dynamic (BID) Therapy.


Jack obtained degrees at London University, including a Masters in Social Work (1980), before going on to train as an adult psychotherapist at the London Centre for Psychotherapy.


Research interests include self-harm, advanced practice social work, BID therapy and the nature of supervision.


Nathan, J. (1993) The battered social worker a psychodynamic contribution to practice, supervision and policy. Journal of Social Work Practice, 8 (1), 73-80

Nathan, J. (1994) The psychic organisation of community care: a Kleinian perspective. Journal of Social Work Practice, 8 (2),13-122

Rushton, A. and Nathan, J. (1996) The supervision of child protection work. British Journal of Social Work, 26, 357-374

Rushton, A. and Nathan, J. (1996) Internal consultation and child protection work. Journal of Social Work Practice, 10 (1), 41-50

Nathan J. (1998) The psychic organisation of community care, in Foster A. and Zagier Roberts, V. (eds) Managing Mental health in the Community: Chaos and Containment, London: Routledge

Nathan, J. (2001) Psychoanalytic theory, in Davies, M. (ed) The Blackwell Companion of Social Work, London: Blackwell

Nathan, J. (2002) The advanced practitioner: beyond reflective practice. The Journal of Practice Teaching, 4 (2), 59-83

Nathan, J. (2004) In-depth work with patients who self-harm: doing the impossible? Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 18 (2), 167-181

Nathan, J. (2006) Self-harm: a strategy for survival and nodal point of change. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 18, 329-337

Mclean, D. and Nathan, J. (2007) Limit setting and the use of benign authority. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 23 (2), 231-246

Nathan, J. (2009) ‘Self-Harm and suicide’. Chapter in PRN Psychiatry (eds. Davison, S. & Stringer, S.)

Nathan, J. & Webber, M. (2010)Mental health social work and the bureau-medicalisation of mental health care: Identity in a changing world Journal of Social Work Practice

Nathan, J. (2009) ‘Thoughts on the nature of thinking and relating in group therapy: a naturalistic study.’ Chapter in Psychological Groupwork with Acute Psychiatric Inpatients (eds. Radcliffe, J. & Carson, J.)

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