Mike Brearley captained Middlesex for twelve years, and England for three. He led the international side in 31 of his 39 Test matches, winning 17 and losing only 4.
After his retirement from professional cricket, Mike pursued a distinguished career as a psychoanalyst, qualifying in 1985. He had already worked as a Nursing Assistant in a clinic for disturbed adolescents; now he worked for four years as a psychotherapist with Camden Psychotherapy Unit. He was also a school counselor for ten years.
Mike has given talks on subjects such as leadership and motivation. He has also taught psychoanalysis in various contexts.
In 1985 his book The Art of Captaincy was published; he has also worked as an occasional cricket journalist, particularly for The Observer. In 2017 his book On Form bringing together psychoanalysis and sport was published. And in October 2018, a book of essays and articles on cricket will be published: On Cricket.
He was also President of MCC in 2008-9, and from 2011 to 2017 was chair of MCC’s World Cricket Committee, a think tank on international cricket issues. He has written for The Sunday Times, The Observer, and The Times, as well as for other newpapers and cricket journals.
His main work, however, has been as a psychoanalyst in private practice. He was President of the British Psychoanalytical Society between 2008 – 2010 and is currently the Chair of the Section for the Application of Psychoanalysis.