Henry Markman is a psychiatrist specializing in treating mental illnesses through different approaches such as psychotherapy and talk therapy, while prescribing medications like antidepressants, mood stabilizers and stimulants to his patients.
He emphasizes the importance of being Present when providing patient analysis. This approach means listening closely and being attentive to every form of communication from their patient including non-mental experiences and dissociated states, such as unrealized memories or dissociated states – this is what is meant by being open.
Early Life and Education
Henry Markman is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst practicing privately in Berkeley, CA, seeing adults and adolescents for therapy and analysis. Additionally, he oversees training and supervision programs at San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis as well as international and domestic conferences where he presents on various topics.
His clinical work centers around engaging the spontaneity and spontaneity of therapy to engage patients, the nature and meaning of embodied participation, as well as emotional development of both therapist and patient. His ideas on therapy come mainly from Bion, Ferenczi, Balint, Winnicott as well as Latin American field and link theorists.
His research explores neural microcircuits using anatomical, physiological and biophysical techniques such as patch-clamping to record spike timing dependent plasticity (STDP), redistribution of synaptic efficacy (RSE) and long term microcircuit plasticity (LTMP). His articles have been widely published.
Henry Markman has been in private practice for 30 years, providing clinical psychoanalysis and psychiatry to adults. His interests lie in therapeutic action modes, embodied communication methods and music’s place within psychoanalysis; aesthetic experience; as well as the emotional work performed by analysts during clinical encounters. Furthermore, Henry is intrigued by language quality issues as well as phenomenology.
He has lectured both nationally and internationally, including at SFCP scientific meetings and Dialogues in Contemporary Psychoanalysis program. His presentations often center around clinical situations; drawing from his own experience as a therapist to deepen his understanding of therapeutic conversation.
He serves as both a Training and Supervising Analyst at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalyis, and co-chair of its Dialogues in Contemporary Psychoanalysis program. He has lectured on topics ranging from major theorists such as Freud, Klein and Bion to lesser known French and Latin American field and link theorists.
Achievement and Honors
Henry Markman has received several honors and awards. As Training and Supervising Analyst at San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP), co-chairing their Dialogues in Contemporary Psychoanalysis series and author of multiple books like “Pragmatic Approaches to Bion’s Late Work” and “Presence, Mourning, Beauty: Elements of Analytic Process.”
In 2023, she received an Association for Psychological Science Mentor Award for her outstanding contribution in shaping students and postdoctoral scholars careers. Former students have praised her ability to help shape ideas into viable research programs.
Henry has served as a legal clerk at both the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and US District Court for California – Northern District – while also acting as visiting scholar at University of Amsterdam and as Newman Civic Fellow.
Henry Markman resides in Berkeley and maintains a private practice where he consults and facilitates study groups. His clinical work specializes in treating adolescents and their families, as well as adults through psychoanalytically-oriented therapy. Furthermore, Henry has been involved with creating day treatment programs specifically targeted to adolescents.
He has drawn inspiration from an array of contemporary psychoanalytic thought, including Bion, Ferenczi, Balint and Winnicott as well as Latin American field and link theorists in his practice.
His clinical ideas are presented at SFCP scientific meetings and other national psychoanalytic conferences, and he takes particular interest in language and embodied communication as tools for deepening therapeutic conversations. With an approachable style that makes his ideas accessible to clinicians of any training stage.
He has extensive experience in all facets of federal litigation, such as claim construction and Markman hearings in patent cases; taking and defending depositions; oral argument before district courts and the PTAB; litigating appeals before the Federal Circuit; trade dress issues; trademark/copyright litigations.
Last year, he successfully negotiated Kenya Barris’s contract for ViacomCBS’s “Black Adam,” an option on a script by Aaron Seelman of After January Prods and Gabe Gibbs of Nickelodeon series respectively. Additionally, he represented songwriters with catalog deals as well as chairmen/presidents/COOs of music companies including Jeannette Perez’s promotion to CEO of Kobalt Music 2021.
Over three decades he has led psychoanalytic study groups ranging from Klein, Bion and Winnicott studies, innovations in analytic technique, Latin American link and field theory as well as contemporary Freudian thought. Additionally, he has published papers about aesthetic experience within psychoanalytic practice and creativity.