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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships
Developmental Issues in Narcissism and Self-harm
Led by Dr Sue Mizen and Dr Clara Mucci

Saturday 25 June 2016

Using an interdisciplinary approach that includes an understanding of developmental, brain and psychological growth, our two speakers will examine the complex interplay between environmental, relational and dynamic influences that can lead to the frequently clustered symptoms of narcissistic personality, suicidality, eating problems and self-harm.

This complex grouping of disorders can be explained by intense difficulties in affect regulation that originate in the early baby-carer relationship and are reactivated in adulthood by the demands of relationship such as a capacity for empathy, vulnerability and affect regulation. We will see how babies who lacked maternal mirroring cannot develop an awareness of their own needs and boundaries, and how a sense of an alien self is thus created, perhaps resulting in attacks on a hated body and/or a disconnection from it. It will be suggested that a failure of symbolisation is a feature common to these presentations. We will see how forms of self-destructiveness that are explored in therapy can be understood and connected with.


Dr Sue Mizen
Dr Susan Mizen is a Consultant Medical Psychotherapist and Jungian Analyst. Having trained at the Cassel Hospital and the Society of Analytical Psychology, she worked as a Consultant Medical Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital Fulham before moving to Devon where she has developed a service for patients with Severe and Complex Personality Disorder working with a therapeutic team using a psychoanalytic model in a day and outpatient setting. She has a long standing interest in Neuroscience and Neuro-psychoanalysis. More >>

Dr Clara Mucci
Clara Mucci is a psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapist practicing in Milan and Pescara, Italy. She is Full Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Chieti, where she taught English Literature and Shakespearean Drama. She received a PhD from Emory University, Atlanta, and was a fellow in 2005-2006 at the Institute of Personality Disorder, New York, directed by Otto Kernberg. The author of several monographs on Shakespeare, psychoanalysis and literary theory, she has taught in London (Westminster College), Atlanta, and New York (Hunter College). She is author of the highly acclaimed book Beyond Individual and Collective Trauma: Intergenerational Transmission, Psychoanalytic Treatment, and the Dynamics of Forgiveness (Karnac, 2013). More >>


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CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6.5 hours will be provided at the event

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:30 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea
17:00 End