We all know what happens to a child when a parent is consistently unpredictable, frightening, or absent. That child often grows into someone who has a hard time being in relationships with self or others.
As therapists, what can we do?
According to Diane Poole Heller, an expert in trauma and attachment, therapy begins with a focus on the innate human desire to be connected to others. Starting there, we can help clients find their way back to meaningful, safe relationships.
Diane Poole Heller, Ph.D., an expert in Somatic Experiencing and the DARE: Dynamic Attachment Re-Patterning Experience model, is the author of Crash Course: A Self-Healing Guide to Auto Accident Trauma & Recovery. This clip is taken from her session in our attachment video course:
When Attachment is the Problem
This series provides a range of answers you can put to use in your work from the leaders in developing attachment-based psychotherapy. 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
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