Techniques and fancy methods take you only so far when people’s difficulties are rooted in their earliest experiences. And most clients come to us because of longstanding problems in handling their emotions and intimate relationships.
That’s why the insights of Attachment Theory have resonated with so many therapists today. But the question remains:
HOW DO YOU BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN THE THEORY OF ATTACHMENT AND ITS CONCRETE APPLICATIONS IN YOUR DAY-TO-DAY PRACTICE?
In our online video series Putting Attachment Theory into Practice, you’ll find a range of answers you can put to use in your work from the leaders in developing attachment-based psychotherapy.
Join Diane Poole Heller, Bruce Ecker, Susan Johnson, Daniel Hughes, Maggie Phillips, and David Feinstein for 6 lively conversations that will expand your depth, range, and effectiveness as a therapist. You’ll learn to:
- Identify when a client is suffering from attachment-based issues
- Assess more accurately your clients’ different attachment styles and how to best address each one
- Better tune into the powerful nonverbal dimension of therapy, including cues from clients and your own nonverbal communication
- Create a safe environment for clients that enables you to establish a deeper therapeutic connection
- Apply the principles of Attachment Theory with couples, children, and families as well as pain and trauma sufferers
What You’ll Learn In Putting Attachment Theory into Practice
SESSION 1: PRESENTING SECURE ATTACHMENT | DIANE POOLE HELLER, PH.D.
Explore practical techniques designed to offer clients with attachment injuries an emotionally corrective experience. You’ll learn how to:
- Identify and assess the different styles of troubled attachment
- Increase your nonverbal skills for creating a secure attachment bond and safety in the therapy room
- Create rapport with clients by speaking the distinctive “language” of the various attachment styles
- Incorporate well-timed humor and playfulness into your style
Diane Poole Heller is an expert trainer in the adult attachment theory model of DARe (Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning Experience).
SESSION 2: WHEN IS ATTACHMENT THE ISSUE? | BRUCE ECKER, M.A., L.M.F.T
Determine whether a client’s problems come from early childhood experiences or some other source by exploring:
- Techniques for making the underlying emotional learnings that maintain symptomatic behaviors explicit
- The principles of memory reconsolidation and the 3-step process necessary to dissolve problematic emotional learnings
- Juxtaposition interventions to dissolve destructive beliefs and symptoms
- The emotional necessity of any given symptom
Bruce Ecker is codirector of the Coherence Psychology Institute and coauthor of Unlocking the Emotional Brain.
SESSION 3: HEARTS AND BONES: ATTACHMENT AND SEXUALITY | SUSAN JOHNSON, ED.D.
Deepen your understanding of secure, integrated sexuality and how to address sexual issues in attachment-based couples therapy by exploring:
- The 3 primary styles of sexual relationship: sealed-off sex, solace sex, and synchrony sex
- How to listen with an attachment ear when couples present with sexual problems
- How to facilitate hold-me-tight conversations that enable couples to address longstanding attachment issues in their relationships
- How the methods of Emotionally Focused Therapy can help couples create greater intimacy
Susan Johnson directs the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute and the International Center for Excellence in EFT.
SESSION 4: GETTING THROUGH TO SHUTDOWN CHILDREN AND FAMILIES | DANIEL HUGHES, PH.D.
Get through to difficult children and their overstressed parents by:
- Applying the skills of PACE (play, acceptance, curiosity and empathy) in your therapeutic work
- Establishing verbal and nonverbal transparency as the foundation of your connection with troubled kids
- Focusing on a child’s interests while avoiding a premature exploration of symptoms and problems
- Taking the lead in actively involving parents in the therapeutic process
Daniel Hughes is the author of Building the Bonds of Attachment and Attachment-Focused Parenting.
SESSION 5: ATTACHMENT ISSUES IN CHRONIC PAIN | MAGGIE PHILLIPS, PH.D.
Apply the latest discoveries connecting psychological trauma and chronic pain by learning to:
- Structure a first-session assessment of a client presenting with persistent, undiagnosable pain
- Distinguish the four layers of trauma that apply to chronic pain
- Explore for issues of abuse, abandonment, and neglect in determining the roots of chronic pain
- Apply a toolkit of mind-body techniques to dramatically increase a client’s ability to self-regulate
- Give clients new experiences early in treatment that increase hope and motivation for change
Maggie Phillips is the author of Reversing Chronic Pain and Finding the Energy to Heal.
SESSION 6: HEALING ATTACHMENT WOUNDS WITH ENERGY PSYCHOLOGY | DAVID FEINSTEIN, PH.D.
Learn simple techniques for helping clients with childhood attachment wounds self-regulate and explore how to:
- Incorporate energy psychology into any therapeutic approach
- Neutralize the charge of unresolved attachment trauma through Emotional Freedom Techniques
- Use “tapping” and additional energy psychology techniques to affect the amygdala and other parts of the brain
- Structure an energy psychology intervention for a range of problems and assess its impact
David Feinstein has taught at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and his books have won eight national awards.
Want to know what really works? In this online video series, the leaders in developing attachment-based psychotherapy will lay it out for you with demonstrations and examples from their own clinical practices.
Have You Ever Wondered How to…
- Easily identify attachment-based issues in your clients?
- Assess your clients’ different attachment styles—and address each one with specific strategies?
- Recognize nonverbal cues from clients and use them yourself to reinforce your work in therapy?
- Create an environment in your consulting room that encourages a deeper therapeutic connection?
- Adapt the principles of Attachment Theory for couples, children, families, and even pain and trauma sufferers?
Get answers to your questions plus practical, up-to-date guidance in our all-new online video series When Attachment is the Problem.