Decoding Disorganized Attachment - Diane Poole Heller

Decoding Disorganized Attachment With Your Clients

Uncover how trauma plays a hidden role in disorganized attachment…

And learn about practical strategies to support your clients in their healing journey.

Why Attend “Decoding Disorganized Trauma With Your Clients”

Disorganized attachment is the rarest attachment style—and the most complex to navigate in therapy.

Helping clients heal from trauma is one of the most challenging aspects of our work. But it becomes even more intricate when your client has disorganized attachment that stems from early unresolved trauma.

This trauma is often deeply buried—hidden—within the individual’s psyche, making it challenging to access and address during therapy sessions.

And unlike other attachment styles, disorganized attachment doesn’t have clear-cut, defined patterns. Instead, it’s characterized by a mixture of contradictory behaviors, irregular or sudden shifts, and responses that can be hard to categorize or predict.

During therapy sessions, that can make it even more difficult for your client to tolerate strong emotions or develop a trusting bond.

To conceal their vulnerability, people with disorganized attachment often mask their genuine emotions, fears or needs, making it harder for therapists to reach their authentic feelings or understand what they’re truly experiencing.

Since the disorganized attachment experience is so deeply distressing, how do we help clients break the cycle?

What You'll Learn During “Decoding Disorganized Trauma With Your Clients”

Living with disorganized attachment is not easy. And neither is addressing it in therapy––there’s a lot to navigate, both cognitively and emotionally.

For those of us struggling with disorganized attachment, the key is learning to self-regulate and co-regulate. This helps us make sense of experiences, emotions, and needs in a safe environment.

To begin the healing process, we must recognize the past traumas that actively shape our adult relationship patterns. When we can get to the root of—and identify—the unresolved trauma, we address these hidden wounds with practical, powerful and proven attachment-based therapeutic interventions.

As we offer clients the secure base and emotional support they lacked in their early years we guide them toward deeper healing and healthier, more fulfilling relationships.

3 Things You'll Learn During “Decoding Disorganized Attachment”

During this free 90-Minute live Training, we’ll explore:

1: Understanding Disorganized Attachment: Why It’s Challenging in Therapy

In a brief overview of the disorganized attachment style, we’ll explore its defining characteristics and manifestations, shedding light on why clinicians may encounter challenges when addressing certain behaviors or emotions.

2: The Link Between Trauma and Disorganized Attachment

Discover how profound trauma (like neglect, abuse or loss) can often stay hidden––yet continues to shape how we think, feel, communicate and behave in unhealthy ways, affecting our ability to form meaningful connections in adult relationships.

3: What You Can Do to Promote Safety and Facilitate Effective Integration

Learn how to identify trauma symptoms encoded in the body and explore therapeutic interventions that simultaneously address both trauma and disorganized attachment patterns to support clients in their return to secure attachment.

Who Should Attend “Decoding Disorganized Attachment”

You should attend this training, if any of the following four descriptions fits you:

  1. You’d like to gain a better understanding of disorganized attachment, so you can create a safe therapeutic environment and foster stronger connections with clients.
  2. You’re a therapist, social worker or counselor who wants to know how to recognize and break the cycle of unhealthy behaviors and emotions associated with disorganized attachment.
    As someone working with trauma survivors––including first responders, medical professionals and individuals in fields like education, child welfare and family services—you’re curious to explore the connection between trauma and disorganized attachment to provide more effective support.
  3. You’re already an accomplished clinician but want to know how to integrate practical attachment-based tools, techniques and strategies with existing modalities to work more skillfully with clients who have disorganized attachment.
  4. You’re committed to professional development and would like to strengthen your own secure attachment skills, so you can accelerate the healing process for your clients from the first session.

Free Gift For Attendees

When you register, you'll get immediate access to the Trauma Symptoms Checklist.

Because we all react to trauma differently—and there is no one way to think, feel or behave—this practical resource helps you identify common responses and symptoms of trauma.

It’s a valuable assessment you can use with clients, either in print or digitally, as a starting point for further exploration or to check progress periodically.

About Your Facilitator

Diane Poole Heller PhD, is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and teaching expert in the field of adult attachment theory and trauma resolution.

Her signature approach—DARe (Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning experience)—provides therapists and individuals with relevant skills and practical exercises that facilitate healing from attachment and trauma wounds.

Her work with adult attachment has forged a path for adults with childhood attachment injuries to develop Secure Attachment Skills (SAS) that lead to more connected and fulfilling adult relationships. Through various training programs, books, lectures and her own work as a clinical therapist, Dr. Heller has helped a countless number of people in their healing journey towards experiencing greater intimacy, wholeness and more fulfilling relationships.

She believes that when we heal ourselves first, we heal our families, our communities and the world as a whole.

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Oct 04 2023


10:00 am - 11:30 am

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Oct 04 2023
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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