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Attachment Informed Grief Therapy: Interventions to create safety, strengthen self-capacities and promote re-engagement

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 Attachment security is one of the very few factors that have been consistently identified by researchers seeking to understand the underlying causes of complicated vs. normal grief. In this interactive and clinically oriented workshop, Dr Kosminsky will look at what research and clinical practice have taught us about the development of a secure vs. insecure orientation to attachment, and show attachment orientation impacts emotional health across the lifespan, with an emphasis on response to loss.

The workshop will explain the significance of contemporary perspectives on attachment and interpersonal neuroscience that are critical to understanding variations in peoples’ adaptation to loss, and will outline the implications of these insights for the practice of therapy with bereaved individuals. The core principles and practices of grief therapy have been consolidated in attachment informed grief therapy, an approach that emphasizes the centrality of the therapeutic relationship and the role of the therapist in helping the bereaved client re-regulate in the aftermath of significant loss. This approach is guided by an appreciation of the ways that attachment styles both mediate mourning and influence the therapeutic process.

In order to understand how early attachment experience influences emotional and interpersonal functioning, Dr Kosminsky will begin by reviewing recent developments in neuroscience related to brain development and affect regulation. She will elaborate on the implications of these findings for our understanding of grief, particularly the phenomenon of complicated grief, and will demonstrate how contemporary neuroscience and modern attachment theory, in conjunction with new models of grief and loss, can help us make sense of a given individual’s grief response, their methods of coping with the strong emotions that accompany bereavement, and how they make use of grief therapy.


Having established the basis and rationale of an attachment informed approach, the workshop will expand on the elements of grief therapy and the core clinical skills of the grief therapist that comprise this model.

Location London
Category Talking Therapies
Details of Event
Start date 15 May 2020
Start time 10:00am
Venue Address Broadway House, Tothill Street, London SW1H 9NQ
Amount £135
Organiser Nscience
Speaker Dr Phyllis Kosminsky
CPD hours 5
Contact No. 020 7096 1722
Keywords Counselling, Psychotherapy, Therapy
Regions Greater London


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