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Continuous Professional Development

for Therapists

THE OWNED CHILD - The Symbiotic Character



How to work with the Symbiotic Character


The essence of the Symbiotic character etiology is this: natural attempts at separation are blocked, cause parental anxiety, or are actively punished.  At the same time the child’s natural abilities for empathic mirroring are over valued and reinforced by parents who require merger with the child in order to feel secure or worthwhile.


The Symbiotic has not developed a self they can call their own, but has learned to borrow or fuse their identity with someone else.  The symbiotic has not been able to express aggression and has not therefore been able to separate.


On the opposite end of the continuum is the Borderline Character of the Owned Child whose extreme moods and impulsive behaviour can make this person difficult to work with.  


This workshop will enable you to:


  • Understand the developmental origins of the Owned child


  • Identify the symbiotic adaptations


  • Know how to keep boundaries and hold the therapeutic process


  • Learn about Hot and Cold Rage, and how to work therapeutically with clients' rage


  • Resolve splitting and build a cohesive sense of self




This is a 1 day workshop.  The next date for this training will be on:

To to arranged




£10 DEPOSIT required to secure your place

Please complete and submit the BOOKING FORM below and confirm your method of payment (you do not need a PayPal account to securely and conveniently make your payment here - select Guest checkout)

Balance of fees required not less than 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the workshop



For our Training Terms & Conditions, please see here.








If this date is not suitable, please let us know by registering your interest in this training and we'll contact you when we have the next dates arranged.




Coleby Centre, Sidcup - 1st Floor, 2 Alma Road, SIDCUP, Kent DA14 4EA

Easy access from the A2 and A20, 30 minutes from London Charing Cross/Cannon Street to Sidcup train station