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Aug 12, 2019

Relinquishment and Adoption: Understanding the Impact of an Early Psychological Wound


Paul Sunderland
Paul Sunderland is an addictions psychotherapist, consultant and trainer with over 30 years of experience in the treatment of addictions. He is Executive Director of Outcome...


Paul Sunderland presenting at iCAAD London 2019.

There is a high incidence of addiction and other mental health disorders amongst adoptees, with a disproportionate number presenting for treatment and recovery programmes. As early separation is a relational trauma it manifests later in life as problems in relationships. The impact of trauma on functioning is both physical and psychological.