Healing Broken Bonds: Traumatic Attachment and Affect Dysregulation (Sussex Psychology Services)

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This course has been approved by the BPS Learning Centre for the purposes of Continuing  Professional Development (CPD).

The course is offered by Sussex Psychology Services. Course information has been provided by Sussex Psychology Services.

This workshop will address the impacts of traumatic and sub-optimal attachment experiences on affect regulation.


09:00 - 17:00 both days.


In the context of trauma, attachment failure is inevitable, leaving behind a lasting imprint on all future relationships, including the therapeutic one.  Rather than experiencing therapy and the therapist as a haven of safety, the traumatized client will be driven by powerful wishes and fears of relationship.  Because the capacity to tolerate affect without becoming overwhelmed depends upon secure attachment, therapeutic work will be challenged by the client’s vulnerability to affect dysregulation. This workshop will address the impacts of traumatic and sub-optimal attachment experiences on affect regulation.

This workshop will address the impacts of traumatic and sub-optimal attachment experiences on affect regulation.  It will also consider how to work therapeutically with the somatic and relational legacy of traumatic attachment using interventions drawn from neuroscience and attachment research as well as from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a body-oriented therapeutic modality tailored to the treatment of trauma and affect dysregulation. This will be well illustrated with case material as well as experiential exercises offering participants the opportunity to use themselves as ‘neurobiological regulators’ of the client’s dysregulated emotional and autonomic states.

This workshop is suitable for Assistant Psychologists, Practitioner Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Psychiatrists and other trained health professionals. 

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • To review the neuroscience and attachment research that provides a theoretical basis for working with the somatic and relational legacy of attachment trauma.
  • To develop an understanding of the theory and practice of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • To understand the somatic and relational impacts of disorganised/preoccupied/avoidant/unresolved attachment patterns on affect regulation and autonomic dysregulation.
  • To identify trauma-related attachment patterns and utilise body-oriented therapeutic skills and interventions to address attachment trauma.
  • To explore the use of ‘interactive neurobiological regulation’ to help stabilise dysregulated emotional and autonomic states in clients.  

Facilitator: Dr Janina Fisher

Dr Janina Fisher is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the treatment of Complex Trauma and Dissociative Identity Disorder.  In addition to her own private practice, she is a Consultant Psychologist at the Trauma Centre, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk.  Known for her expertise as both a clinician and consultant, she is also past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an Approved EMDR Consultant with EMDR International (EMDRIA), a faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and a former Instructor at Harvard Medical School.  Dr Fisher has been an invited speaker at the Cape Cod Institute, Harvard Medical School Conference on Women and Summer and Winter Conference Series, EMDR International Association Annual Conference, University of Oslo, University of Wisconsin, the University of Westminster in London, the Psychotraumatology Institute of Europe, and the Esalen Institute. She is the author of numerous articles on the Treatment of Trauma and lectures nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of Neurobiological Research and newer Trauma Treatment Paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities.

Booking information


£240 for the two-day workshop, the fee includes refreshments and buffet lunch.
There is a 10% discount for early bookings.
Discounted accommodation has also been negotiated with the Ardington Hotel.

How to book

Sussex Psychology Services

Tel.+44 (0)1903 233184

Mobile: +44 (0)7850 571 354


Ardington Hotel, Steyne Gardens, Worthing, West Sussex  BN11 3DZ

Wed, 25/01/2012 (All day) to Thu, 26/01/2012 (All day)
Contact Information: 

Sussex Psychology Services

Tel. +44 (0)1903 233184

Mobile: 07850 571 354

BPS Learning Centre Approved