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Saturday, 14 October 2017 from 10:00 to 16:00

Attachment and the Transformation of Relational Wounds

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Attachment and the Transformation of Relational Wounds


A one-day workshop with Miriam Taylor

London, October 14th 2017, 10:00AM to 4:00PM  


Relational trauma, or a violation of human connection (Judith Herman 1992), has significant debilitating impact on early attachment patterns, which in turn establish our internal working models. Evidence also supports the observation that significant traumas which occur during adult life often have a contagion effect on those closest to the victim, who, because of their own shock, distress and lack of understanding are unable to provide the necessary regulating milieu for recovery. Furthermore, where early developmental traumas have been significant, in later life the individual becomes more sensitized to interpreting subsequent experiences as actual or impending repetition of original trauma. Thus, as therapists, we may be faced with:

  • disorganised attachment manifestations
  • recovery resistant internal working models
  • lack of alternative attachment figures and
  • potentially fearful responses to therapeutic approaches

At this practical and therapeutically oriented workshop, Miriam approaches relational trauma from an attachment and interpersonal neurobiology perspective and explains that for relational trauma, the effectiveness of therapy is contingent upon the success of the interactive repair process after ruptures, and the new understanding that can arise from it. She posits that in our therapeutic endeavours, ruptures are not problems to be solved, but rather inevitable, necessary, and handled skilfully, potentially healing. She explains that in order to regulate the relationship it is necessary to have something to regulate, and ruptures present relational opportunities to do so.

The workshop considers the relational patterns that typically emerge in therapeutic relationships, examines the push and pull of our client’s relational needs, and explains effective interventions which can help our clients transform their relational wounds. Specifically, the workshop considers:

  • The significance of the locus of control shift
  • Control issues in therapy
  • Attachment in the context of survival defences
  • Understanding disorganised attachment
  • Working with shame and shame avoidance
  • Rupture and repair: a protocol for facilitating repair
  • Recognising and working with therapeutic enactments
  • Dealing with challenges to boundaries
  • Developing therapist self-awareness and support
  • The Window of Tolerance as a relational model
  • Intergenerational trauma and the traumatised field
  • Trauma ecology: aspects of post-traumatic growth
  • Earned adult attachment


Learning Outcomes


By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. 1.       Describe the significance of shame and helplessness, and how to work with these, with a view to enhancing acceptance and autonomy
  2. 2.       Recognise common signs of disorganised attachment, and increase their capacity to work with it
  3. 3.       Apply mirror neuron theory to the role of the therapist in facilitating interactive mutual regulation
  4. 4.       Reflect on and plan to increase their own resources and support

About the speaker

Miriam Taylor is a UKCP registered Gestalt psychotherapist, supervisor and international trainer who has been in private practice since 1995. Her background was in adult education before she trained as a counsellor and psychotherapist.  Working as clinical lead of a young peoples’ service, pointed her towards specialising in trauma, and for several years she worked in a specialist trauma service. Miriam’s particular interest is in the relational integration of trauma and the role of the body. She teaches in the UK and internationally, is an Academic Consultant and examiner for Metanoia Institute, London, and an associate of Relational Change. Her relevant publications include ‘Trauma Therapy and Clinical Practice: Neuroscience, Gestalt and the Body’ published by the OUP in 2014.


Workshop Schedule


10:00AM: Session 1: Understanding Relational Trauma

1:00PM: Lunch (a light lunch is provided as part of the workshop)

2:00PM: Session 2: From rupture to repair

3:15PM: Session 3: effective interventions

4:00PM: Close


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Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton
130 Tottenham Court Rd
W1T 5AY London
United Kingdom

Saturday, 14 October 2017 from 10:00 to 16:00

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