Mind-Body Attunement Therapy ® is an attachment and trauma focused therapy that combines traditional interpersonal therapies of pioneers such as Freud and Bowlby with current neurobiological approaches influenced by contemporary therapists such as Schore and Levine. Healthy attachments in childhood become deeply embedded in the neurological architecture of the mind. They give rise to flexibility in emotional processing, social interaction, behavioural choices and cognitive functioning; leading to a healthy personality and sense of self.
THE EFFECT OF TRAUMA
Unhealthy attachments and other traumas stretch the mind's natural ability to heal beyond its limits. These unresolved traumas damage self-regulating neurological structures, leaving engrained patterns of hypervigilance and dissociation.
These destructive states of mind and unintegrated bodily reflexes support a host of counterproductive coping strategies and eventually exhaust the nervous system. Mind-Body Attunement Therapy ® is effective in relieving many symptoms which can be physical, emotional, social, behavioural or cognitive. These include:
- Physical Symptoms:
- Pain, fybromialgia, irritable bowel syndrome, neurologically mediated paralysis, exhaustion suppressed immune system, etc.
- Emotional Symptoms:
- Anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, depression, anger, shame, etc.
- Social Symptoms:
- Conflict, isolation, loneliness, complicated grief, etc.
- Behavioural Symptoms:
- Addictions, eating disorders, compulsions, self-harm, etc.
- Cognitive Symptoms:
- Obsessive thinking, suicidal ideation, delusions, paranoia, etc.
Mind-Body Attunement Therapy ® helps replace suffering with healthy self-regulation by working directly with the physiological elements of relational trauma stored in the nervous system. It utilizes the processes of our social nature as it replicates the pattern of attunement in a healthy attachment to facilitate reintegration of mind and body. Interventions access deeply held anger, sadness and fear and while generating a sense of acceptance and safety thereby gently resolving dysfunctional emotional pain and defenses. This process reactivates the natural healing systems that allow the nervous system to heal and grow. As the nervous system resets the state of mind is increasingly based in the circumstances of the present moment thereby allowing a general state of peace and calm, with appropriate appraisal of and reactivity to threat. An attuned mind and body have access to a flexible range of coping strategies which reforms the personality and enhances the sense of self.