The State of Disbelief: A Story of Death, Love, and Forgetting (2020), written by British psychotherapist and author Juliet Rosenfeld, chronicles her husband’s diagnosis, treatment, and death from lung cancer.
Originally trained as a linguist, she worked in advertising for a decade before joining the government as a civil servant. Later, she completed clinical training at Regents College London School of Psychotherapy and Counseling and also obtained a master’s degree in organizational consultancy from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.
She was previously married to Dan Brooke, one-time Channel 4 marketing chief, before tying the knot with her late husband Andrew Rosenfield, who made a fortune from property development. Here’s everything you need to know about her.
Biography And Family Background Of Juliet Rosenfeld
Juliet Rosenfeld was born Juliet Georgina L. Soskice in London, England, on September 23, 1968, and she is currently 55 years old. She is the only daughter of David William Soskice, a distinguished professor of political science and economics at the prestigious London School of Economics, and her mother, Alison Black. She has a brother, whose name is not known.
Her paternal grandfather, Frank Soskice, was a British lawyer and politician, while her paternal grandmother is Susan Isabella Cloudsley Soskice (née Hunter).
Going further, her paternal great-grandfather, who shares the same name as her father (David Soskice), was a Russian revolutionary journalist. He fled to the UK after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. Her paternal great-grandmother was Juliet Catherine Emma Soskice (née Hueffer), the daughter of German-English writer Francis Hueffer and Catherine Madox Brown.
Juliet pursued her education by studying French and Italian at Oxford University. Later, she earned a master’s degree in organizational consultancy at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. After that, she completed a clinical training program at the Regents College London School of Psychotherapy and Counseling and became a qualified integrative psychotherapist.
A Look At Her Career
Juliet Rosenfeld has had a varied and interesting career. She began by working in advertising, where she gained 10 years of valuable experience. After this, she moved on to government communications as a civil servant, where she could use her skills in a new and exciting context. However, her passion for personal and professional development led her to pursue a different career path, and she decided to undertake a master’s degree in organizational consultancy at Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.
Upon completing her studies at the renowned Regents College London School of Psychotherapy and Counseling, she acquired the title of a qualified integrative psychotherapist in 2012. From there, she embarked on a fulfilling career journey and began working as an honorary psychotherapist at the prestigious Tavistock Couples Department and the Camden Psychotherapy Unit.
She is currently a clinical trustee of the Freud Museum in London and an elected trustee of the UK Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP). She practices psychotherapy with adult people and couples in private practice in North London.
She is also a writer; her first book, The State of Disbelief: A Story of Death, Love, and Forgetting, was released in 2020 and details her husband’s lung cancer death. Her second book, Affairs, is scheduled for release in 2023.
Meet The Two Men She Married: Dan Brooke And Andrew Rosenfeld
Juliet Rosenfeld has had the experience of being married to two different men, Dan Brooke and Andrew Rosenfeld.
Her first marriage was to Dan Brooke, a former Channel 4 chief marketing executive, but the union ended in separation in 2012. Unfortunately, the reason behind their divorce remains a mystery.
Brooke has been serving as the CEO of Smart Energy GB since 2020. Before his current position, he worked in television for over two decades. He served in various leadership roles, including Chief Marketing and Communication Officer at Channel 4, Managing Director of Discovery UK, Rare Day Productions, and Channel 4 Digital Channels.
He initially joined Channel 4 in 1998 and was responsible for overseeing the network’s digital channels, including E4, Film4, and More4.
Juliet married Andrew Rosenfeld, a property developer and political donor, for the second time. They first met in 2011 and reportedly got married in 2014.
Andrew was born on April 27, 1962, and earned a degree in estate management from South Bank Polytechnic (now London South Bank University). He became a director at David Garrard’s Land Investors in 1986, and in 1989, he co-founded Minerva with Garrard.
In 2006, he and his co-founder of Minerva were fortunate enough to witness the company’s market value skyrocket to approximately £500 million. Taking advantage of this opportunity, he decided to leave the organization and cash in on his stake, receiving an impressive £100 million.
His philanthropic efforts have been nothing short of extraordinary, with him making countless donations to both the Labour Party in the UK and various charitable causes. The total sum of his contributions to these causes amounts to hundreds of millions of pounds, a testament to his generosity and compassion for those in need.
The Author And Psychotherapist Lost Her Husband To Lung Cancer In 2015
Juliet Rosenfeld’s husband, Andrew Rosenfeld, died on February 8, 2015, at the age of 52, after battling lung cancer.
According to edited extracts from her 2020 book, The State of Disbelief: A Story of Death, Love, and Forgetting, her husband was diagnosed with lung cancer in December 2013. After receiving the diagnosis, the pair decided that life must go on, with both pursuing their careers and other projects vigorously, but everything came to a halt when he succumbed to the disease after 14 months.
He never smoked in his entire life, but he died from lung cancer—what an irony!
Devasted by the loss, Juliet had to undergo therapy to help her come to terms with reality and find healing, but that didn’t help her. What she went through in those moments of grief and how she dealt with it gave birth to her first book (The State of Disbelief), as earlier mentioned.
Does She Have Kids?
She has 2 children, both boys, whose names are unknown, from her previous marriage to Dan Brooke.
On the other hand, she and her late husband, Andrew, did not have any children together; he, too, had 4 children from his first marriage to Nicola, whose names are unknown.