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Finding the Connection: Attachment Issues and Chronic Pain

Maggie Phillips talks about discovering the source of physical suffering


While it’s common to associate early attachment issues with emotional and psychological troubles, is it possible that they can also play a role in physical suffering?

Maggie Phillips, author of Reversing Chronic Pain, has a theory. She finds that the identification of traumas that occurred before the onset of the painful condition is an imperative step to moving forward. The sooner these can be recognized, the more effective the course of treatment will be.

In a recent conversation with Maggie—part of our new web series on Attachment Theory in Practice—she talks about the connection between current physical pain and past traumas. She also emphasizes how early attachment patterns can reinforce that connection.

In this short clip from our conversation, Maggie reviews the four levels of trauma that she has identified as informing chronic pain.

Take a look and let us know what you think of Maggie’s theory.

Maggie Phillips is one of six therapeutic leaders featured in our upcoming video webcast series: Attachment Theory in Practice. The series offers a look at the specific attachment-based methods used by Diane Poole Heller, Bruce Ecker, Susan Johnson, Daniel Hughes, and David Feinstein in their professional practices. To learn more about this exciting new webcast, click here.

Want to learn more about attachment? Here are 3 Free articles: “The Attuned Therapist: Does Attachment Theory Really Matter?” by Mary Sykes Wylie and Lynn Turner, “The Verdict Is In” by Alan Sroufe and Daniel Siegel, and “Reversing Chronic Pain: Ten Steps to Reduce Suffering” by Maggie Phillips.

Explore More in our FREE Popular Topic Library. You’ll find lots of free articles on attachment-based topics.

Need CEs? Audio Courses available include Attachment Theory in Action by Daniel Hughes and Treating Chronic Pain, by Ronald Siegel.

About Maggie Phillips: Maggie is the author of Reversing Chronic Pain and the creator of a multimedia online program for professionals and those with pain conditions. Her previous books are Healing the Divided Self and Finding the Energy to Heal.

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One Response to Finding the Connection: Attachment Issues and Chronic Pain

  1. Sabine boots says:

    One of the best synopsis around trauma and pain! Thank you!

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