Joan Lachkar, Ph.D is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist in private practice in Sherman Oaks, California, an affiliate member for the New Center for Psychoanalysis, and is the author of The Narcissistic/Borderline Couple: Psychoanalytic Perspective on Marital Treatment, The Many Faces of Abuse: Treating the Emotional Abuse of High-Functioning Women, The V-Spot, How to Talk to a Narcissist, and How to Talk to a Borderline, The Disappearing Male, New Approach to Marital Therapy, and her new book, Common Complaints that Bring Couples into Therapy. She is working on her new book, Voices of Complaints: A Psychodynamic/Multicultural Approach to Couple Therapy. Dr. Lachkar is also a psychohistorian, has published numerous publications on marital and political conflict in the Journal of Psychohistory, Frontpage, and Family Security Matters, including her paper, "The Psychopathology of Terrorism" at the Rand Corporation. Dr. Lachkar does many workshops and lectures throughout the nation and the world. You can find more information on Dr. Lachkar, her books and publications, and workshops on her website, http://www.joanlachkarphd.com/.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Dr. Lachkar studies psychoanalytics, psychodynamic approaches to couple therapy, and international relations. Her area of interest is a multicultural approaches to couple therapy. She is also a consultant and advisor to musicians, dancers, artists and others in the entertainment field, and in film. Her expertise is in treating children and play therapy.
Dr. Lachkar is a classically trained ballet dancer. She continues to take professional classes, along with piano lessons, and tries to practice daily. She loves concerts, theater, travel, and political events.