Felicity De Zulueta

Psychiatrist, Author, Consultant

Dr Felicity de Zulueta is an Emeritus Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Traumatic Studies at Kings College London.

She developed and headed both the Department of Psychotherapy at Charing Cross Hospital and the Traumatic Stress Service in the Maudsley Hospital which specialises in the treatment of people suffering from Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder using therapeutic modalities appropriate to each person’s culture and personality.

Born in Colombia, and brought up in 5 different countries spanning 4 continents, she studied biology and medicine in the UK.

Dr Felicity de Zulueta trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, systemic family therapy, group analysis, EMDR and Lifespan Integration.

She has published papers on the subject of bilingualism and trauma from an attachment perspective and is author of the book From Pain to Violence; the traumatic roots of destructiveness (Wiley-Blackwell; 2nd Edition, 2006).

She works as a freelance consultant psychotherapist and is now involved in developing setting up the London ACEs Hub to promote the study of ACEs and the application of trauma informed care.

13:00 - 14:25

Day Two 20th January

Keynote Two - Dr Felicity De Zulueta

Born to love, driven to destroy: The current human tragedy

Author of a book on the traumatic origins of violence due to damage to our attachment system, Dr Felicity de Zulueta will focus on making sense of our current inability to cooperate within countries and across countries to deal with the challenge we face due to the climate and environmental crises linked with its associated Covid pandemic.

She will show how cultures born of violence are intrinsic to our current civilisation and how they also lead to high numbers of individuals developing insecure attachments due to adverse childhood experiences and a resulting propensity for competitive and destructive behaviour.

Just as we need a different way of living to save our environment, so do our brains need a safer and more loving early environment if we are to survive. She will show us that we now have the knowledge to do this and how we can set about doing it, as is already happening in some parts of the world.

14:25 - 14:45

Day Two 20th January

Q & A Session