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Speaker: Felicity de Zulueta looks at how trauma matters, especially in psychotherapy.

Date: 25th January 2020

Trauma is the result of damage to the attachment system. The study of Adverse Childhood Events  by Felitti and Anda  (1998) has brought to light how prevalent it is, not only in our clients’ early histories  but also in early life of their psychotherapists.

A history of childhood trauma affects the way people feel and behave and leads, in severe cases, to resistance to change and  a propensity to re-enact the trauma, either in terms of being a victim or an abuser. Its treatment requires  working in an attuned manner within the window of tolerance and exploring the traumatic attachment  which underpins their capacity to dissociate. I will cover diverse forms of therapy which can be used for this work.

Dr Felicity de Zulueta is an  Emeritus Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Traumatic Studies at Kings College London.

She developed and headed both the Department of Psychotherapy at Charing Cross Hospital in 1984 and the Traumatic Stress Service in the Maudsley Hospital in 1996 which specialises in the treatment of people suffering from Complex Post Traumatic Stress disorder.
She has published papers on the subject of Bilingualism and PTSD and dissociative disorders from an attachment perspective and is author of “From Pain to Violence; the traumatic roots of destructiveness”, Wiley & Sons, 2006.

Dr Felicity de Zulueta now works as a free-lance consultant psychotherapist with a training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, systemic family therapy, group analysis, EMDR and Lifespan Integration.