209, 309 – The Attachment Dance with Traumatized Clients

One Step Forward and Two Steps Back                                            
Parts 1 & 2
Lisa Ferentz

While every therapist understands that treatment is most effective when it unfolds within the context of a safe therapeutic relationship, it’s often challenging to build a meaningful alliance with traumatized clients who turn therapy into an emotional roller coaster. This is even more challenging when therapists have their own attachment wounds. Through case examples, videos, and discussion, you’ll discover how to:

  • Handle the impact of disorganized attachment and traumatic transference on the client-therapist relationship
  • Recognize how your own attachment experiences can evoke countertransreferential responses that can influence therapy
  • Integrate strategies that can strengthen attunement
  • Apply approaches that address testing behaviors and increase secure attachment


Continued with workshop 309

Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA, a private practitioner, consultant, and educator specializing in trauma, is the founder of the Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education. She’s author of Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors, Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors, and Be Afraid. Do It Anyway: And Other Lessons to Live By.

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