125 – The Attachment Dance with Traumatized Clients

Ferentz, Lisa 2016
One Step Forward and Two Steps Back

While every therapist understands that treatment is most effective when it unfolds within the context of a safe therapeutic relationship, it’s often challenging to build a meaningful alliance with traumatized clients who turn therapy into an emotional rollercoaster. This is even more challenging when therapists have their own attachment wounds. Through case examples, videos, and discussion, you’ll learn how to:

  • Handle the impact of disorganized attachment and traumatic transference on the client–therapist relationship
  • Recognize how your own attachment experiences can evoke countertransreferential responses that can influence therapy
  • Integrate strategies that can strengthen attunement, address testing behaviors, and increase secure attachment

Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA, a private practitioner, consultant, and educator specializing in trauma, is the founder of the Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education and author of Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors: A Clinician’s Guide and Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors: A Workbook of Hope and Healing.

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