Understanding Attachment Styles and Their Impact on Your Effectiveness When Working With Trauma
With Diane Poole Heller, Ph.D.
Tapping out of Trauma Trainings presents our free biannual presentation with world leading experts in the field of trauma informed care. Diane Poole Heller PhD is an internationally recognized speaker, author and expert in the field of attachment theory and trauma resolution. Dr. Heller began working with Dr. Peter Levine, founder of Somatic Experiencing® Institute (SEI). As Senior Faculty for SEI, she taught Somatic Experiencing® trauma work internationally for over 25 years. She currently directs Trauma Solutions, an organization that trains psychotherapists. 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.
In this interview we explore with Dr. Diane Poole Heller a wide variety of topics: better understanding of client attachment styles, the impact of early life experiences on individuals, the role of attachment in accessing resiliency and the achievement of healthy adult relationships. For EFT and Energy Psychology practitioners, this interview will offer you a deeper look and keen insights into understanding what attachment styles your clients have and assist you in being a more effective practitioner. It will give you practical options and guidelines for a therapeutic timeline a client may require for their healing journey.
Here are some of the key inquiries we will explore:
- What attachment theory is and its importance for individuals in understanding themselves and for practitioners to understand their clients.
- The importance of Attachment Theory in healing trauma.
- The power of accessing body sensations and emotions as a “felt sense” exploration.
- Misconceptions that many have about what secure attachment is and isn’t.
- Defining the 4 attachment styles.
- Building better relationships and relational healing by working on our own attachment issues.
- Observations and inquiries to discover each attachment style.
- Exercises for noticing childhood patterns and where they might show up in adult relationships.
- Learning what clients can do on their own and when they may require professional assistance.
- The importance of the primacy of safety and connection, in infancy, in adult relationships and especially in therapeutic relationships.
More About our Guest: Diane Poole Heller, PhD is an expert in the field of adult attachment theory as well as trauma resolution. Her expertise in trauma healing has benefitted survivors and families of 9/11 and the Columbine shootings, making her a highly sought-after consultant, speaker, and presenter for organizations worldwide.
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. She believes that by healing ourselves we heal our families, our communities, and the world as a whole.
Her book, Crash Course, on auto accident trauma resolution, is used worldwide as a resource for healing a variety of overwhelming life events. Her film, “Surviving Columbine,” produced with Cherokee Studios, aired on CNN and supported community healing in the aftermath of the Columbine high school shootings. Sounds True recently published Dr. Heller’s audiobook: Healing Your Attachment Wounds: How to Create Deep and Lasting Relationships and her newest book, The Power of Attachment: How to Create Deep and Lasting Intimate Relationships. She has also authored numerous articles in the trauma resolution attachment field. She was recently featured being interviewed by Gabor Mate, MD in the Wisdom of Trauma interview series.