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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships
Dissociative Identities
Are multiple selves the greatest therapeutic challenge?
With Rémy Aquarone, Teresa Moorhead, Dr Valerie Sinason, Dr Adah Sachs

Saturday 9 December 2017 - Dublin

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 conference 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 >>

Teresa Moorhead
Teresa Moorhead is a psychotherapist specialising in the area of eating disorders and trauma. Her background originally is in psychiatric nursing and she is currently the Regional Service Manager for the HSE Dublin mid Leinster Eating Disorder Service, where she supervises psychologists and psychotherapists as well as seeing clients individually. Teresa has worked on all three of the specialist inpatient eating disorder programmes that are currently available in Ireland. She has lectured for Glyndwr University Wales on the connections between eating disorders and dissociation and trauma. More >>

Dr Adah Sachs
Dr. Adah Sachs is consultant psychotherapist and psychodynamic lead for the London borough of Redbridge. She is also a visiting faculty at the Bowlby Centre and the Centre for child mental health. Previously, she worked for a decade in psychiatric hospital for adolescent, and for another decade a consultant psychotherapist and forensic clinical lead for the Clinic for Dissociative Disorders. Her special interest is intergenerational trauma. 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. More >>


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CPD Hours

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

Royal Marine Hotel
Marine Rd
Dun Laoghaire

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