Alina Schellekes is the Chair of The Frances Tustin Memorial Trust; a training and supervising psychoanalyst of The Israel Psychoanalytic Society and an honorary member of The Polish Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She was a senior clinical psychologist for more than three decades at Brill Mental Health Center (Ramat Chen), Tel Aviv. She teaches and supervises at the Israel Psychoanalytic Society; at The Psychotherapy Program, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University where she has been the Head of the Primitive Mental States advanced track of studies, since she initiated it in 2007. In 2006, she received the Honorary Mention of the Phillys Meadow Award in New York for excellence in psychoanalytical writing. In November 2008, she received in Los Angeles the 12th Frances Tustin International Prize for her paper: “The Dread of Falling and Dissolving – further thoughts”. Her papers have been published in several journals and as chapters of books. Her book The Dread of Falling – Reflections on Primitive Mental States has been recently published by Resling publishing, Tel Aviv. Her main topics of interest, both in her publications and in her teaching, focus on the understanding of primitive mental states, void existence, unrepresented states of mind, hypochondria, psychosomatic states, day dreaming, the concept of double, therapeutic excess. She works in private practice in Qiryat Ono, Tel Aviv area, Israel.