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  • 0 NP0016 The Great Attachment DebateNP0016, Attachment, Session 6, Allan Schore 04.26.2012 11:55
    I actually think that Allan Schore is consistently modeling right brain process which is why the question may not have been met with the type of response we're used to. To formulate a specific step by step approach answer would require a return to left brain. It's more about being than doing. I think he did give a right brain response; simply being in right brain communication with our clients, noticing subtle changes and unspoken nuances and responding to them by a gesture or expression, is what right brain therapy looks like. I think this type of communication allows clients to access their right brains, bodies and buried trauma. Fully 'being' with or attuned with self and other, below the words as they discussed is what I heard as the essence of right brain communication. Just as the infant/caregiver attachment has little to nothing to do with words, but instead involves fully being with and responding to the relationship, I see therapists being a similar though temporary safe base allowing clients to access that part of themselves in their process. I'm guessing observation of right brain communication would be the best way to see what it looks like. I would love to see Allan Schore in a session. It was also nice to hear the right brain getting some long overdue praise! Carol Christine Bettridge, LPC
  • 0 NP0016 The Great Attachment DebateNP0016, Attachment, Session 4, David Schnarch 04.10.2012 13:36
    Thank you for your presentation, Dr. Schnarch. I have read Sexual Crucible and respect your work although I would say I primarily utilize a different approach with the couples I work with. I was curious about a point you made in the interview. You mentioned that attachment doesn't deal with the child who has a caregiver that displays hateful and disgusting behavior yet I would imagine that type of parenting would produce an insecurely attached child; perhaps disorganized. Would that not translate to a belief or a realization that sometimes we do intend harm to others rather than it always being about fear which can be a relevant part of an attachment based therapy? Also, I'm wondering if attachment therapy and differentiation therapy may be compatible rather than antithetical? It would seem that "self soothing" would be an important part of attachment work that allows for being self-aware while remaining attached. Christine Bettridge, LPC

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