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Dissociative Identities
Are multiple selves the greatest therapeutic challenge?
With Rémy Aquarone, Janice Hiller and Dr Valerie Sinason

Saturday 10 March 2018 - London

The capacity of the mind to create new identities as a form of self-protection when faced with trauma or exploitation in childhood is an extraordinary ability. It enables the child to preserve their core sense of self by creating an alternative personality - or many 'alter' personalities - who experience the abuse on behalf of the core personality. This splitting process appears to have the additional benefit of allowing the child to maintain crucial attachment relationships with an abusing adult upon whom s/he is dependent for survival through disidentification with the abused child and any association with the abusing carer.

Yet, while this highly adaptive and creative psychological mechanism may enable a traumatised child to maintain some sense of normality, the unprocessed, dissociated trauma that is locked away within disowned sub-personalities may cause serious issues in adulthood when that person faces triggers evoking the unbearable once more. In this seminar we will examine the structuring of the self that is referred to as Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), exploring how 'alters' created in childhood disturb and disrupt the life of the adult. Offering contemporary therapeutic insights, we will unpack the therapeutic task from how to relate to child 'alters' that re-emerge, other dissociative states that may be missed, and to approach the difficult task of helping the patient to integrate the unformulated trauma that is lying beneath these.


Rémy Aquarone
Rémy Aquarone is an analytical psychotherapist and member of the BPC and UKCP. He is Director of the Pottergate Centre for Dissociation and Trauma (, past President of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation ( and past International Director of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation ( He has specialised in the area of Dissociation for the past 25 years, offering assessments and consultancy assistance nationally to CMHTs and psychiatric services. More >>

Janice Hiller
Janice Hiller BSc, MPhil, AFBPsS, C.Psychol is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and until 2017 was Senior Academic Tutor in Psychosexual studies at Tavistock Relationships, where she still teaches and tutors. She trained at the Institute of Psychiatry and worked in adult mental health earlier in her career, before becoming head of a Relationship and Psychosexual Service in North East London. Since specialising in couples therapy and sexology she has presented at conferences in the UK and abroad, run many seminars and training courses, and was honorary lecturer and tutor for the Doctoral degree course at UCL. Her publications cover a range of topics including psychosexual development, coital pain, arousal and desire difficulties, gender differences in sexual motivation and ethical issues... More >>

Dr Valerie Sinason
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. More >>


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Including handouts and 2-course lunch
Self-funded: £120
Self-funded x 2: £200
Organisationally-funded: £200

CPD Hours

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

Tavistock Centre
120 Belsize Lane

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