Barbara Almond

Dr. Barbara Almond, M.D. is a graduate of the Yale University School of Medicine, the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry (where she is a Professor Emerita of the Clinical Faculty) and the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis.  She has 35 years of experience as a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and psychoanalyst. Currently, she is a training and supervising analyst at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, as well as a faculty member who specializes in teaching clinical writing.


Most of her patients have been adult women, in whom she has observed—and treated in depth—varying degrees of maternal ambivalence. She has published several papers in psychoanalytic journals, the first dealing with women’s fears of pregnancy, childbirth and mothering, a second about vampyric mothering and its impact on children, and several other papers dealing with psychological transformations depicted in literature. Her longstanding interest in literature, in particular how it conveys and vividly depicts human psychological conflict and resolution, has informed her clinical experiences. The subject of maternal ambivalence is controversial, but she strongly believes it is important to the welfare of mothers and children in our society to understand these issues more thoroughly. 

Published work

The Monster Within: The Hidden Side of Motherhood (University of California Press, October 2010); The Therapeutic Narrative: Fictional Relationships and the Process of Psychological Change (Praeger Publishers, September 1996)