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Psychotherapy with the Somatizing Patient

Dr Joan Haliburn

Somatization Disorder – a polysymptomatic syndrome - is a chronic preoccupation with somatic complaints, for which medical care is repeatedly sought, and clinical dilemmas often presented, resulting in disproportionate health care utilization. Affect is isolated or split off and attention is focused on the body, resulting in more awareness of the physical than of psychological aspects of the individual. As an Axis 1 disorder it may be accompanied by Borderline or Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorders or traits.

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: 18 March 2010

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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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