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Bálint, S. (1996). Obituary: Kirsten Ravnskog (1936–1996). Scand. Psychoanal. Rev., 19(2):219-220.
    

(1996). Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review, 19(2):219-220

Obituary: Kirsten Ravnskog (1936–1996)

Stefan Bálint

Kirsten Ravnskog, our colleague and friend, has left us. To many of us, the news of her death was unexpected. At the age of 60, Kirsten was fully active as a psychiatrist, psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, and supervisor. Kirsten's death is a great loss to her family, patients, friends and colleagues.

I got to know Kirsten in the early 70's, when a small group of physicians and psychologists from Skåne were training to be psychoanalysts. Kirsten, who by then had finished her specialist training in psychiatry, was commuting between Lund and Stockholm to attend classes at the Svenska Psykoanalytiska Föreningen. Her travelling to Stockholm each week, despite a large family and a job, in order to master the theory and practice of psychoanalysis, bears witness to Kirsten's passionate interest in psychoanalysis.

Having completed her training, she became a member of the Dansk Psykoanalytisk Selskab. To her, it was natural to renew her ties with Copenhagen where she was born and raised. Kirsten established her private practice in psychiatry and psychoanalysis in Lund, and was among the first to have a formal qualification to supervise psychotherapists.

She enjoyed classical music, botany, mushroom picking, and much more, but psychoanalysis was always at the heart of her life. Many have heard her give talks at the Filosofi Cirkeln in Lund, and in the Skåne newspapers, we have read about her initiative to offer supervision of psychotherapy to “liberated” Russian colleagues with the help of computers.

One might wonder why she, a girl from Denmark, ended up east of the Öresund? The answer is very simple. When Kirsten was expecting her first child, she and her husband were looking for work.

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