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Andrzej Skarbek

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Nationality  Polish
Name  Andrzej Skarbek

Died  November 16, 2011
Residence  United Kingdom
Andrzej Skarbek Members of the San Luigi Orders Count Andrzej Skarbek The Abbey
Born  Andrzej Karol Skarbek January 10, 1925 Lwow (1925-01-10)

Count Andrzej Karol Skarbek (10 January 1925 – 16 November 2011), also known as Andrew Skarbek, was a Polish psychotherapist who worked in Britain and became a pioneer "who helped to develop psychotherapy services in the NHS" (National Health Service).

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Early life

Skarbek was born at his family's estate in Lwów (now Lviv in Ukraine). His father was Stanisław Skarbek, a cavalry officer in the Polish Lancers. His mother was Zofia Czecz. He had a brother, Jan. In 1939 the family was forced to flee west from the invading Soviets. By war's end, Skarbek arrived in Britain.

His cousin was Krystyna Skarbek, who worked for British secret services (the Special Operations Executive) during the Second World War. Andrzej identified her body when she was stabbed to death in a Kensington hotel, where she then lived, on 15 June 1952.

Career

Skarbek learned English on his arrival in Britain and entered St Mary's Hospital, London, qualifying as a doctor in 1954. He eventually met psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott and decided to specialise in psychiatry. He started to be known as Andrew Skarbek and in 1969 became clinical director of the London Clinic of Psychotherapy.

He later worked at University College Hospital, King George Hospital, Ilford and in 1977 he became consultant psychotherapist at Runwell, Rochford and Basildon Hospitals. There he developed a psychodynamic psychotherapy service.

Family

In 1952 Skarbek married Shelagh de Fane Edge Morgan. They had four children. The marriage was dissolved, and in 1974 Skarbek married journalist and writer Marjorie Wallace. Wallace went on to found the mental health charity, SANE. Their two sons, Stefan and Sacha, are music producers.

References

Andrzej Skarbek Wikipedia


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