Healing Attachment Wounds: The Good-Enough Therapist and Imagined Ideal Parent Figures by David Elliott, PhD

1.5 CE Credits

Treatments for attachment insecurity in adults have long relied on the therapist being an as-good-as-is-realistic attachment figure. But the therapist is not the patient’s parent, and the adult patient is not a child, so even if new, positive attachment representations form from the therapy relationship, they are unlikely to replace existing internal working models of the early child/parent relationship. A more developmentally fitting approach has the patient and the good-enough therapist co-create imagery of the patient-as-child being with “ideal parent figures.” Through deep body and emotion-focused experience with these new and different caregivers, patients sometimes quite quickly establish earned secure attachment and improvements in areas of self functioning, relational ability, and emotion regulation.


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Date(s) - March 7, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Central Congregational Church
296 Angell Street (Diman Street entrance)
Providence, Rhode Island

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