Paul Valent

Paul Valent

Consultant liaison psychiatrist, psychotherapist, traumatologist,
Co-founder and past president Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies,

About me

I was born in Slovakia in 1938 just before the Holocaust, My parents and I survived the war in Hungary. That early experience led to my interest in trauma and the workings of the mind in both victims and perpetrators. My desire has been to heal the consequences of trauma and indeed, to prevent it happening.

I was a psychiatrist and psychotherapist for 35 years, and liaison psychiatrist in emergency departments of major hospitals for 20 years. I cofounded and am past president of the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and of the Child Survivors of the Holocaust group in Melbourne, Australia. I now devote myself to writing.

In the course of my work I have come to understandings of the close interactions between mind, body, and society, and how trauma disrupts all these aspects. To my joy, at the same time I found behind each trauma a happiness. I have attempted to share both in a unified framework.

I acknowledge my patients who taught me the most; colleagues who taught me and listened to me; and my family whose tolerance and support were essential.

I hope that you will enjoy the works I have chosen for this web site.

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