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Valerie Sinason PhD, MACP, M Inst Psychoanal

Valerie Sinason PhD, MACP, M Inst Psychoanal, FIPD is a poet, writer, child, adolescent and adult psychotherapist and adult psychoanalyst. She was Founder Director of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies until her retirement and remains a Consultant. She is President of the Institute for Psychotherapy and Disability (IPD) and Hon Consultant Psychotherapist at the University of Cape Town Child Guidance Clinic; Patron of the Dorchester Trust, Chair of Trustees of the First People Art Centre – Nieu Bethesda Arts Foundation.

Her extensive writing includes over 120 papers and chapters. Furthermore, she has written, edited, co-edited over 14 books including a revised 2nd edition of her seminal book Mental Handicap and the Human Condition , Free Association Books (2010) a 2nd edition of her edited book Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity: Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder (2010) from Routledge. "Trauma Attachment and Dissociation” (Routledge 2012) and her most recent co-edited book is “Shattered But Unbroken: Voices of Triumph and Testimony” Amelia van der Merwe and Valerie Sinason, Karnac 2017.
Valerie Sinason


Past and present Confer events
The Nature of Trauma and Dissociation
Online module

My Most Remarkable Session
Saturday 14 January 2017

Working Psychotherapeutically with Sadism
Friday 7 November 2014

The challenges of working with dissociative disorders
Monday 30 June 2014

The Impossible Profession?
Monday 24 March 2014

Trauma Skills
Wednesday evenings 18 January - 28 March 2012

Trauma Skills School - Edinburgh
Monday 5 - Friday 9 July 2010
Is There Such a Thing as an Impossible Patient? - A Seminar Series for Psychotherapists
Monday evenings 27 September to 6 December 2010
Psychological Trauma and the Child
Thursday 18, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 September 2008
Trauma Skills Summer School
Monday 5 - Friday 9 July 2010
Contemporary Views on Working with Transference
5 June, 26 June, 25 September & 6 November 2010






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