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Deirdre Fay, LICSW ( 3 Days )

February 2 @ 9:00 am - February 4 @ 5:30 pm

- €299 - €380

Embodied Attachment

Practical Maps & Strategies To Create A Felt Sense Of Safety

Seminar Description

One of the main reasons post-traumatic stress disorder doesn’t resolve is due to the underlying, unresolved attachment issues. Our bodies, minds, and hearts are wired to connect. When connection(s) are broken or betrayed, especially while growing up, the internal patterns become disorganized, remaining that way despite how one appears externally.

Research indicates that one in four people has a secure attachment style. Which means that the rest, three out of four, have variations on the insecure attachment styles. While that sounds daunting the good news is attachment patterns can be transformed. To do this we need to not only have cognitive understanding of attachment patterns but more importantly, know how to deal with the non-narrative imprinting that happens before the brain is fully formed.

The Becoming Safely Embodied Skills are designed to teach simple, practical, concrete ways to organize a person’s disorganized inner world. Having these key foundations in place a person can then untangle the myriad relational layers that get confused when not securely attached.

This experiential workshop will be designed to give you the theory in an easy to understand way. More importantly you’ll learn strategies and practices to use with your clients the day you return to work.

Seminar Outline

Using the Becoming Safely Embodied Skills to Organize the Disorganized Inner World

  • Learn the difference between a thought, feeling, and body sensation
  • Untangle the color commentary from what’s really going on
  • De-construct triggers
  • Train the mind/body/heart to live in the present moment

How attachment patterns are imprinted

  • Different developmental memory systems
  • Internal Working Model (Bowlby)
  • Patterns replicated over time (research)
  • Secure Base / Secure Haven
  • Parallel Paths
  • Triggered responses

Identifying Embodied Movements of Attachment

  • Universal infant body movements
  • Movement patterns that keep a person stuck
  • Practical body-centered methods to shift stuck, entrenched patterns

Explore Six Foundations of Embodied Attachment

  • Developmental needs of Child vs Adult
  • Most hated emotional experience for those with attachment issues
  • Attachment Crucible
  • Attachment Mirror
  • Navigating Turbulence

Demystifying therapeutic impasses in attachment therapy

  • How to access the non-narrative communications through the therapeutic relationship
  • Intersubjective Matrix (Stern)
  • Healing possibilities
  • Post Traumatic Growth & Resilience

Clinical Applications of Body-oriented therapies, including clinically appropriate yoga and meditation

  • Foundational skills
  • Grounding in the spine
  • Linking new patterns to shift old patterns
  • Embodying Nourishing Opposites

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain how attachment patterns are non-narrative, encoded as an Internal Working Model
  2. Identify the Six Foundational Functions of Secure Attachment
  3. Describe and apply strategies to move from protest to Nourishing Opposites
  4. Learn a step-by-step map to change attachment patterns
  5. Explain our evolutionary negativity bias and how to cultivate an embodied positivity bias
  6. Embed new neural pathways with simple embodied approaches
  7. Cultivate a transformational approach to PTSD


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Bio: Deirdre Fay, LICSW

Deirdre Fay, LICSW has decades of experience exploring the intersection of trauma, attachment, yoga and meditation. Having meditated since the 70’s and lived in a yoga ashram for six years in the 80’s and 90s Deirdre brings a unique perspective to being in the body.  In the 90’s Deirdre was asked to teach yoga and meditation to those on the dissociative unit at McLean Hospital.  Having amassed skill sets in trauma treatment (as a supervisor under the guidance of Bessel van der Kolk at the Trauma Center), attachment theory (13 years of training with Daniel Brown), body therapy (as a trainer in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy) Deirdre now teaches an integrative approach which Chris Germer calls “a radically positive approach to healing trauma.”  Deirdre founded the Becoming Safely Embodied skills groups and is the author of Attachment-Based Yoga & Meditation for Trauma Recovery (W.W. Norton, 2017), Becoming Safely Embodied Skills Manual (2007), and co-author of Attachment Disturbances for Adults (W.W. Norton, 2016) as well as the co-author of chapters in Neurobiological Treatments of Traumatic Dissociation.


The Kingsley Hotel
Carrigrohane Road
Cork, T12 P680 Ireland
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(021) 480 0500


The Kingsley Hotel
Carrigrohane Road
Cork, T12 P680 Ireland
+ Google Map
(021) 480 0500