Putting Attachment Theory into Practice

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 Webcast series When Attachment is the Problem, 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’s the best way to identify your client’s attachment style? Learn to accurately assess and work with each style in our 6-session Webcast series—When Attachment is the Problem.

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6 Leading Experts! 6 Information-Packed Sessions!

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:

Diane Poole Heller
  • 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:

Bruce Ecker
  • 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:

Susan Johnson
  • 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:

Daniel Hughes
  • 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:

Maggie Phillips
  • 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:

David Feinstein
  • 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.

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Attachment: A Continuing Debate

Attachment Theory has proven itself to be more than a passing trend. It’s formed the basis for such an array of treatment models and approaches that many of today’s therapists have attached themselves to Attachment Theory. But at what cost?

Jerome Kagan     Dan Siegel

Critic Jerome Kagan and theorist Dan Siegel debate the cost of Attachment Theory in a dialogue from our first annual State of the Art event.

Want to know what really works? In this Webcast series, the leaders in developing attachment-based psychotherapy will lay it out for you with demonstrations and examples from their own clinical practices.

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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 Webcast series When Attachment is the Problem.

A New Way to Learn: A Note from Rich Simon

Dear Colleague,

As editor of the Psychotherapy Networker for over 30 years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to engage your curiosity, anticipate your questions, and make sure you get answers you can use. I’ve also learned that any subject, if approached in the right way, can be deeply engrossing, understandable, and entertaining.

My goal in each Webcast interview is to zero in on what you need to know to deepen your craft as a therapist. At the same time, the spontaneous, free flow of conversation makes learning far more enjoyable than stodgy workshop lectures and PowerPoint presentations. Our Webcast series are an exciting, new way to stay on the field’s cutting edge.

But enough words—to see what we mean, just click on the video below to watch a preview.

Watch Diane Poole Heller demonstrate how she helps an avoidant client relax.

Networker Webcasts offer a lively, close-up learning experience with the field’s leading teachers and innovators. You’ll discover practical approaches and methods you can use in your very next session with a client, without having to leave home or miss a day of work. It’s the best CE deal you’ll find anywhere.  

PS, There’s no better way to apply Attachment Theory in your practice than by joining me for this Webcast series. Sign up for When Attachment is the Problem right now.

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If you're not completely satisfied, we'll refund your money in full—100%. Just let us know within 30 days. I'm that confident that you'll find this learning experience to be all that's promised and more than you expected.

Learn to recognize the signs of attachment-based issues to improve your ability to read subtle cues, attune to your clients, and create the sense of safety they need in this practical 6-session Webcast series.

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Find out how to integrate the most effective practical applications of Attachment Theory in your own practice right away. Take up to a full year to watch and review any time at your convenience.

Bridge the gap between the theory of Attachment and its practical applications with the wide range of tools and approaches you’ll learn from this 6-session Webcast series—When Attachment is the Problem.

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