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Discussion of the Role of Narcissism in a Dissociative Patient with Complex Trauma

Sunday, March 25
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Salon 3

I will present a dissociative adult patient whose therapy I have been supervising. Narcissism and Borderline personality traits were co-morbid with partially treated Anorexia Nervosa. The patient had been subject to early and considerable emotional and physical abuse by her mother, the former had been continuing until recently, when the patient broke off all contact with her. 


This case raises issues related to narcissism and dissociation, as well as the need for a proper assessment of dimensional diagnosis, in order to arrive at appropriate clinical decision making.

Joan M. Haliburn

Clinical Senior Lecturer
University of Sydney
Parramatta, New South Wales

Joan Haliburn is a child, adolescent and family psychiatrist, and psychotherapist who works in private practice in Drummoyne, NSW, Australia. She is a clinical senior lecturer, University of Sydney, and training supervisor, Complex Trauma Unit, which is a training, teaching and service delivery for patients in the Western Sydney Health Region. She is also involved with the psychotherapy training and supervision of psychiatry registrars and advanced trainees in psychotherapy. She is also a supervisor in the short term dynamic psychotherapy training at the same unit, and her recent book “An integrated approach to short term dynamic interpersonal psychotherapy” which uses a trauma-informed approach, has just been published by Karnac, London.

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