When a person experiences trauma, there’s one key factor that can play an important role in whether or not PTSD symptoms develop – and that’s secure attachment.
But what happens when someone has never had a connection to a secure attachment figure? How can we help our client build the feelings of safety that are so vital to healing from trauma?
In the video clip below, Pat Ogden, PhD and Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD highlight the importance of repairing attachment. Ruth also offers a useful strategy that can help clients rebuild secure attachment.
Take a look – it’s about 4 minutes.
For more on the neurobiology of attachment, please check out the Treating Trauma Master Series.
Now I’d like to hear from you. How will you use these ideas in your work with clients? Please leave a comment below.