PTSD & Attachment Theory

London, 22 November 2014 (Saturday)
10:00AM – 4:00PM
King’s College, Stamford Street, London SE1 9NH

This practical workshop, led by Dr Felicity de Zulueta – one of UK’s leading experts on PTSD and complex PTSD – begins by discussing the latest diagnostic criteria for simple PTSD, and its dissociative manifestations, otherwise known as complex PTSD as they are presented in the new DSM V. She  follows on  by showing how an  understanding of PTSD and complex PTSD from an attachment perspective, allows one to make sense of both the psychological and somatic  symptoms clients/ patients  present with as well as the recent epigenetic findings relating to transmission of PTSD down the generations  and the links with borderline personality disorder and other dissociative  disorders.


By blending her clinical experience with Attachment research, Dr Zulueta outlines the process by which psychotherapeutically trained practitioners can assess and prepare traumatised clients for the ‘journey of therapy‘ whilst bearing in mind their need for emotional regulation and a sense of security. The workshop discusses different therapeutic approaches to stabilisation & treatment of PTSD and the way severe traumatic attachments can lead to resistance to change. Viewing the assessment and treatment of PTSD through the lens of Attachment Theory, the workshop helps practitioners understand how a rupture in the capacity to attune is fundamental to our understanding of traumatised individuals, while also providing practical new approaches to therapy for both complex and developmental PTSD.



London, 29 November 2014 (Saturday)
10:00AM – 4:00PM
Ambassadors Bloomsbury,12 Upper Woburn Place, 
London, WC1H 0HX

As practising therapists and counsellors, we witness the impact of calls for bodily transformations, enhancements and ‘perfectibility‘ in the consulting room. Our clients may not be consulting us on body troubles, but whatever their emotional predicaments and conflicts, concern for the body is nearly always folded into them. At this intellectually stimulating and practical seminar, Susie Orbach explores our challenges as therapists in a culture where the individual is deemed accountable for his or her body and judged by it. She contends that the body itself has grown as complicated a place as sexuality was for Freud. It too is shaped and misshaped by our earliest encounters with parents and carers, who also contain in themselves the representations of culture, with its multitude of injunctions about how the body should appear and be attended to. Relying on a psychoanalytic and developmental approach and drawing on findings from the labs of neuro-psychoanalysts and neuro-psychologists, Susie looks closely at the implications for our therapeutic interactions and explains starting points for a theory of body development which are just as compelling as our existing theories of the mind.



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