The Neuroscience of Therapeutic Attachment: How our clients recover their Inner Resilience and Well-Being through conscious, compassionate connection An evening webinar with Linda Graham Online, 29 January 2020 (Wednesday) 6:30pm - 8:30pm, London, UK time
The development of ‘Resilience’ is an experiential process. Early attachment relationships have the potential to catalyze (or de-rail) the development of the 3 R’s of resilience: Regulating the nervous system and emotions in response to stressors Relating to self and others as trustworthy refuges and resources in the face of adversity and Responding skilfully and flexibly to any disruption to well-being - from barely a wobble to serious sorrows and struggles As a re-parenting figure, regardless of theoretical orientation or therapeutic modality, the therapist plays a central role in catalyzing the recovery of brain functioning when patterns of coping have become dysfunctional, or even ‘stuck’ and maladaptive. We can achieve this by: creating the neuroception of safety in a mindfully engaged and empathic relationship that primes the neuroplasticity of the brain for learning and growth fostering the conscious reflection and deliberate choices that activate the client’s neuroplasticity in a wholesome direction guiding the client in conscientiously recovering the capacities of the 3 R’s in ways that are safe, efficient and effective But how do we achieve these objectives? At this practical, clinically-oriented webinar, Linda helps us identify empirically-validated therapeutic techniques that can be applied across modalities. Specifically, we consider how we can: Use body-based tools to help clients reverse the impact of de-railed resilience, returning to an inner sense of safety and equilibrium – their natural baseline of physiological equilibrium Explore the emotional comfort / discomfort in the therapeutic relationship to more skilfully navigate powerful negative emotions and experience the benefits (to the brain as well as the psyche) Use tools to strengthen the self-awareness, self-compassion, and self-acceptance that allow the adult client to rewire previously conditioned patterns of relating to the inner critic and the inner child Use their deepening skills of relational intelligence to recover skills in relating to others: reaching out for help, communicating without shame / blame, negotiating change, setting limits and boundaries, exiting the drama triangle, gaining a capacity for forgiveness Help our clients strengthen practices of conscious reflection to shift entire belief systems and mindsets about themselves, and their relationships with others Assist our clients in claiming their capacities to rewire less-than-optimal coping strategies and move into thriving and flourishing About the speaker Linda Graham is an experienced psychotherapist in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of The Resilience Handbook: Powerful Practices to Bounce Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, even Disaster (September 2018, New World Library) and Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being, winner of the 2013 Books for a Better Life award and the 2014 Better Books for a Better World award. She integrates modern neuroscience, mindfulness practices, and relational psychology in her international trainings on resilience and well-being. She publishes a monthly e-newsletter and weekly Resources for Recovering Resilience, archived at
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