Our attachment system is laid down early in life, and is a combination of our genetic inheritance and our response to our perception and experience of our environment. We experience attachment ruptures as serious threats to our survival, and create strategies to deal with this based on our unique nervous systems.
These strategies rely on the functioning of our autonomic nervous system. The knowledge of polyvagal theory can help us to understand and work with our own and our clients nervous systems.
This course will aid mental health practitioners and other related healing disciplines to recognize attachment dynamics and address them in therapeutic settings such as psychotherapy.
Dr. Maureen Gallagher is a Licensed Psychologist (NY, NJ), Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and Faculty Member, Inner Relationship Focusing Trainer, Emotionally Focused Therapist and Supervisor and a Relational Psychoanalyst. Her work and teaching are dedicated to the embodiment of psychotherapy and related healing disciplines, in which she integrates somatic awareness and the use of somatic intervention along with adult attachment work and a relational focus. She brings a broad range of experience and training to this endeavor, including Certifications in Somatic Experiencing, Inner Relationship Focusing, Relational Psychoanalysis, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Integral Somatic Psychology, SE Touch skills training and Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy. Her clinical work integrates focusing, somatic experiencing, relational psychoanalysis and experiential and process oriented models of attachment theory. She has maintained a private practice for over 20 years. She is the founder of Embodying Psychotherapy.