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Wired to Connect: How Our Brain Shapes Relationships

Explore how an understanding of brain development and early attachment experiences can serve as an important clinical resource for healing and transformation in adult relationships.

In this FREE, 90-Minute Live Training, We’ll Cover:

The Link Between Brain Development & Secure Attachment

The brain, mind and body work together as a system that helps us connect to others. We’ll explore how the social brain develops and which parts of the brain are important for the development of secure attachment.

What Happens to the Brain in Early Attachment Trauma

Gain a better understanding of the neuroscience behind insecure attachment adaptations as we discuss how early attachment trauma changes the brain to alter not only the way we feel, but also the way we process information.

Why the Brain and Body Need Social Interaction

We’ll review how our interactions with others stimulate neural growth and determine how well (or poorly) neural networks develop and integrate to shape our attachment patterns and communication styles.

How to Support Your Clients’ Neuroplasticity & Repair

Discover how it’s possible to re-wire the brain and work with implicit memory—while maintaining a safe relational environment—so you can better support clients as they address early attachment trauma.

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Neuroplasticity & The Resilient Brain [Infographic]

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The brain has the remarkable ability to change—but helping your clients understand the complexities of the process can sometimes be a challenge.

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The brain has the remarkable ability to change—but helping your clients understand the complexities of the process can sometimes be a challenge.

This clear and useful visual summary of how neuroplasticity works illustrates ways therapy can restore, repair and build more resilient brain responses.

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Wired to Connect: How Our Brain Shapes Relationships

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Wired to Connect: How Our Brain Shapes Relationships

Why should we learn about the human brain?

Just a few decades ago, many clinicians practiced within a single theoretical orientation or school of therapy. If you studied CBT, DBT or client-centered therapy for example, your therapeutic interventions would likely be limited to that specific approach.

Back then, many of us were also trained to apply techniques and experiential learning in our work with clients to see what worked (or didn’t) to determine which path to take next.

Of course, with limited access to a wide-range of tools, skills and modalities—we were able to help some of the people some of the time. But for our clients, that’s simply not good enough.

In the last 20+ years, as our knowledge of psychotherapy has become increasingly eclectic, mental health professionals today are much more likely to embrace (and integrate) new theories and treatment models that can help us recognize how the brain processes unconscious and conscious perception, emotion and empathy.

With recent advances in neuroscience research, we now have a greater understanding of how our brain structures work, so that we can not only identify strategies to support mental health—but also discover how the systems of our brain work together to tell us who we are, why we hurt and how to change and thrive.

This deepening appreciation for the interdependence of brain and mind provides the insights we need to help our clients develop, grow, connect, learn and heal.

The brain, relationships and attachment

One of the many things we do know about the human brain is that it’s wired for connection. Because we live in constant relationship to others, other people play a significant part in regulating our emotional and social behaviors.

In other words, the brain is a social organ “built through experience,” where multiple neural systems are dedicated to receiving, processing and transmitting information to others.

As we learn more about neuroanatomy and neurobiology, we also know that many brain systems are highly dependent on what happens during early childhood.

For example, the brains of children who lack quality caretakers, don’t get positive stimulation or attention or suffer other adverse social experiences, may not build endorphin receptors to keep the amygdala regulated, increasing vulnerability to stress, anxiety and fear.

As a result, these children are far more likely to experience psychological, physical or attachment difficulties later in life…so that the suffering child often grows into a suffering adult.

We know that each client’s presenting problems, cognitive and emotional styles, and defense patterns have been shaped through an interaction of genetics, temperament and experience. Additionally, neuroscience also tells us those challenges are also informed by developmental, systems and attachment theory.

When we know more about the biology behind thoughts, perceptions, emotions, motivations, decisions and actions—we can easily make the connection between behavior and relationship to organize and unite various perspectives and therapeutic techniques into a more coherent and effective whole.

Why is neurobiology important to attachment?

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Wired to Connect: How Our Brain Shapes Relationships

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Register now for this FREE 90-minute training led by Dr. Diane Poole Heller

Includes LIVE Q&A!

Wired to Connect: How Our Brain Shapes Relationships