About D.W. Winnicott

Donald Woods Winnicott (1896–1971) was one of Britain's foremost pediatricians and psychoanalysts. He studied at the Leys School and at Jesus College, both in Cambridge, before training as a physician at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London. He worked at Queen's Hospital and Paddington Green Children's Hospital and in private practice with adults and children from the 1930s until his death. During the Second World War, he made BBC broadcasts to parents and worked with his second wife, Clare, in the Oxfordshire Evacuation Scheme. After the war, they contributed to the government planning of Children's Services. 

Winnicott was a child and adult analyst and a training analyst for the British Psychoanalytical Society and its President from 1956 to 1959 and from 1965 to 1968. He was President of the Paediatric Section of the Royal Society of Medicine (1952) and of the Association for Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Winnicott was a clinician committed to the dissemination of psychoanalytic ideas to wider global audiences, and he addressed a large variety of groups of professionals in his many talks, lectures, and publications. 


Child’s play: pioneers of child psychoanalysis

Donald Woods Winnicott was well known for his use of the 'squiggle game' in child psychoanalytic practice. Along with Anna Freud and Melanie Klein, Winnicott incorporated elements of play in his therapeutic approaches as a means of understanding adult associations, behavioural and internalised expression, or in order to develop an authentic self. Explore their lives, and contributions to the field, courtesy of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography