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Psychosis - An exploration of traumatic origins.

Dr Joan Haliburn

Psychosis is a breakdown of the establishment of the unitary self – defenses that have been in place to maintain stability and self- organization when environmental failure threatens or is a reality and a reversal of maturational processes of emotional growth results – in fact psychosis is itself another defense; a defense upon a defense.
Winnicott D. W. (1974)
There is a connection between mental functioning and relatedness. When relatedness is threatened by a significant other, one of the results is fragmentation and incoherence, as a result of changes in cognition and emotions – this pathological process is unconscious, provoking guilt and anxiety which leads to primitive functioning –regression, intrusion of misperceptions and hallucinations.
Cameron J. (1965)

Master of Medicine and (Psychotherapy); Master of Science in Medicine (Psychotherapy)
Psychotherapy Think Tank / Grand Rounds
Mental Health Sciences Centre,
Building 112, Cumberland Hospital. NSW, Australia.
Recorded: 31 May 2012

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Dr Joan Haliburn

Dr Joan Haliburn is a child, adolescent and family psychiatrist and trained psychotherapist in private practice at Drummoyne, NSW. She is a senior clinical lecturer, University of Sydney, on faculty at the Complex Trauma Unit, which is a service, training and research facility in trauma, dissociation and personality disorders, Western Sydney Health at Westmead and Cumberland Hospitals. She is a former President and Director of Training, ANZAP. She has published and presented papers and workshops nationally and internationally. Her recent publications are Pathological Attachment as Adaptation, in The Psychology of Trauma, Nova Science Publishers, New York and two chapters in ‘Borderline Personality Disorder and the Conversational Model – A clinician’s Manual’ by Russell Meares, Norton Books. She is an International Fellow, American Psychiatry Association, a member of ISSTD, ISSPD and IACAPAP.

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