We know fight, flight, and freeze . . .
. . . but recently the experts have identified several more defense responses to trauma, including “attach/cry-for-help.”
This response is potentially the least understood, and it can be challenging to work with.
And according to Kathy Steele, MN, CS, there’s a common mistake that practitioners make when their patient is stuck in this response.
Have a listen.
In the Advanced Master Program on the Treatment of Trauma, we dive into the attach/cry-for-help defense response, including several specific behavior patterns that can help you recognize it as well as concrete strategies for working with it.
Plus we’ll walk you through a couple other emerging defense responses to trauma. This program has some of the experts’ newest thinking on trauma treatment, so be sure to check it out.
Now we’d like to hear from you. Have you seen the “attach/cry-for-help” defense response with your clients? What have you found most helpful for working with it? Please leave a comment below and let us know.
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