Healing Broken Bonds: The Consequences of Traumatic Attachment A 2-day training workshop at London with Janina Fisher, PhD London, 24 January & 25 January 2020 (Friday & Saturday) 10:00am - 5:00pm on both days
As therapists, we realise that our client’s capacities for affect tolerance, auto regulation and achievement of an integrated sense of self in adulthood are all dependent upon their early attachment experiences. (Schore, 2003). In the context of trauma however, attachment failure is inevitable, leaving behind a lasting imprint on all future relationships, including the therapeutic one. Rather than experiencing others as a haven of safety, traumatized clients are driven by powerful wishes and fears of relationship. Because the capacity to tolerate our emotions without becoming overwhelmed or shutting down depends upon secure attachment, the therapeutic work is often challenged by the client’s vulnerability to affect dysregulation. This two-day training workshop offers a practical, hands on approach to understanding the impact of traumatic attachment experiences on relationship and on the ability to tolerate emotions (one’s own and those of others). Using interventions drawn from a number of therapeutic approaches (including Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, and Ego State Therapy), we explore the effects of traumatic attachment from a psychobiological perspective, considering how this opens up new ways of working with its relational legacy. We consider neuroscience research findings on the affects of both attachment and traumatic experiences on the brain and body, so that our moment-to-moment therapeutic experience reflects an understanding of not only the client’s verbalisations, but also the language of the brain and the body. Specifically, we learn how to focus on the sequence of emotional, bodily and cognitive responses to the trauma narrative. This workshop combines lecture, video, and experiential exercises to explore a neurobiologically-informed understanding of the impact of trauma on attachment behaviour, somatic interventions for challenging trauma-related relational patterns, and how we can use ourselves as “neurobiological regulators” of the client’s dysregulated emotional and autonomic states. Learning Objectives: To describe the effects of trauma-related attachment on affect regulation To identify the effects of disorganized attachment on interpersonal relationships To utilize Sensorimotor Psychotherapy interventions to address attachment and trauma-related issues in psychotherapy To employ interactive neurobiological regulation to help clients tolerate psychotherapy and be more effective collaborators
About the speaker Janina Fisher, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice; Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute; Clinical Director, Khiron Clinics UK; an EMDRIA Approved Consultant; and a former instructor at Harvard Medical School. An international writer and lecturer on cutting-edge treatment approaches to trauma and dissociation, she is co-author with Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Attachment and Trauma (2015) and author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors (2017).

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