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Symposium: Working with complex developmental... - Recording
Dr Ruth Lawson-McConnell
Working with complex developmental trauma: Insights and clinical applications from attachment theory, emotion regulation and interpersonal neurobiology
Trauma usually occurs in the context of relationships. Developmental stuckness can be the outcome of severe early trauma. With recent research in the field of neuroscience we have come to understand the hopefulness of neuroplasticity to heal early wounding in the brain. Our understanding of how trauma disrupts the neural pathways connecting the limbic brain with the neo-cortex, has meant that the client’s attachment to an emotionally safe therapist can act as the integrating factor, allowing for co-regulation of overwhelming emotions to enable the client’s ultimate healing process of self-regulation. Attachment theory, which was originally construed as a trauma theory, has now come to be understood as an emotion-regulation theory. In this workshop I will be drawing on the work of Bessel Van der Kolk in terms of the body’s role in healing trauma; the work of interpersonal neurobiologists, Allan Schore’s notion of right-brain to right-brain co-regulation of emotion; Daniel Siegel’s concept of integration (differentiation and linkage) as well as an attachment model developed by the Canadian Developmental psychologist, Gordon Neufeld to explain my work with clients who have suffered complex developmental trauma.
Dr Ruth Lawson-McConnell has more than 28 years counselling experience, having trained and worked in Scotland and Canada before moving to New Zealand. She has taught in Psychology and Counselling degrees in England, New Zealand and Australia and works as a counsellor, supervisor, trainer, retreat leader, conference speaker and writer. Ruth has an MA (Honours) in Social Anthropology/Psychology and a PhD in Counselling Psychology. She is a Professional Associate of the Neufeld Institute (Attachment-based Developmental approach to working with attachment traumas). She also specialises in Neuro-psychotherapy and has trained in the Partners of Sexual Addicts Trauma model.
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