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The Vision

Attachment Disturbances are one of the biggest challenges faced in psychotherapy today, but there is a way forward for a more fulfilling life. The Attachment Project is showing the way, based on the work of award-winning psychologist and author Daniel P Brown Ph.D.
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The Problem

WORLD WIDE ISSUE

Attachment Disturbances are Psychotherapy’s Biggest Challenge

Studies indicate more than 32 percent of the US population suffers from an attachment disturbance, with similar rates reported across other western countries, as well as extraordinarily high rates in countries facing past instabilities or economic deprivation. Issues are intergenerational, and can often be shared across several generations of families.


RELATIONSHIPS

Attachment Struggles Lead to Rocky Relationships

Research shows more than 50 percent of those who seek therapy do so because of relationship problems, rather than specific psychiatric conditions. It is attachment disturbances and/or core conflictual relationship themes (CCRT) that are so often the source of these relationship struggles, and finding effective therapy isn’t easy.

ADDICTION

Helping Attachment Helping Addiction

The Three-Pillar Approach can revolutionize the treatment of attachment disturbances in patients with substance abuse, eating disorders and sexual compulsivity. While it’s an area where traditional psychotherapy has often struggled to find positive outcomes, the Three Pillars Method has won accolades across both the scientific and medical community.

COMPLEX TRAUMA

Attachment Disturbance is the main contributing factor of Complex PTSD

Attachment Disturbances are the main components of the complex trauma disorder that is demonstrated by war veterans and civilian trauma. Patients with Dismissing, Preoccupied or Disorganized/Insecure Attachment show more complex trauma and treatment of their attachment disorder take primacy over phase-oriented trauma treatment.

The Solution

TREATMENT

The Three Pillar Approach.

The Three Pillar approach is revolutionizing the treatment of attachment disturbances and complex trauma. While it is an area where traditional therapy has often struggled to find positive outcomes, the solution has won accolades across both the scientific and medical community.
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HEALING

Healing is Within Reach

Dr. Daniel Brown is a world expert on attachment, and Harvard Medical School faculty member of over 38 years and co-author of the award-winning book Attachment Disturbances in Adults: Treatment for Comprehensive Repair. Dr. Brown understands there is the opportunity to heal attachment over the lifecycle. The Attachment Project offers a clear way forward for people in all walks of life.
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The Life Cycle

The maps of Attachment develop between 10 and 20 months of life roughly at the same time as the development of representational thinking. They are fixed patterns of behavior and they're well in place by the second year of life. Once those are locked-in, three out of four people never change that pattern into later childhood, into adolescence, and then into adulthood.
• Securely attached kids might grow upset when their caregivers leave
• Greet contact with a positive response and seek comfort when frightened.
• Kids with the anxious-avoidant insecure attachment might avoid affection from their caregiver
• Tend to show aggression among peers.
• Anxious-preoccupied kids are more likely to offer care to others at the expense of their own needs.
• They might experience distress when their parents leave and feel relieved when they return.
• Disorganized kids can tend to be fearful while expressing ambivalent behavior towards parents.
• Securely attached adults show a healthy balance of attachment behaviour in relationships.
• They seek emotional support from their partners, as well as returning it. They are comfortable with being alone.
• Early Avoidant/Dismissing attachment can often see adults struggling with antisocial behaviour.
• In extreme cases you case see violence and battering behaviour.
• Anxious-preoccupied attachment can lead to anxiety disorders and attention deficit disorders in adulthood.
• Adults tend to be self-critical and seek validation and reassurance from others.
• Disorganised in both early childhood and adulthood can be associated with a range of challenging disorders and behaviour.
• Parents with secure attachment create a compassionate environment for the child and self-regulate their emotions.
• They view their child as a separate person, while also empathizing with their experience.
• Parents with avoidant/dismissing attachment might be dismissing of attachment needs
• Behave controlling towards their children.
• Parents with anxious-preoccupied attachment tend to over-involve the child in their own state of mind
• Struggle with multitasking too much when around their children.
• Parents with disorganized attachment might face challenges in building an intimate relationship with their children.

• Securely attached kids might grow upset when their caregivers leave
• Greet contact with a positive response and seek comfort when frightened.

• Securely attached adults show a healthy balance of attachment behaviour in relationships.
• They seek emotional support from their partners, as well as returning it. They are comfortable with being alone.

• Parents with secure attachment create a compassionate environment for the child and self-regulate their emotions.
• They view their child as a separate person, while also empathizing with their experience.

• Kids with the anxious-avoidant insecure attachment might avoid affection from their caregiver
• Tend to show aggression among peers.


• Early Avoidant/Dismissing attachment can often see adults struggling with antisocial behaviour.
• In extreme cases you case see violence and battering behaviour.

• Parents with avoidant/dismissing attachment might be dismissing of attachment needs
• Behave controlling towards their children.


• Anxious-preoccupied kids are more likely to offer care to others at the expense of their own needs.
• They might experience distress when their parents leave and feel relieved when they return.

• Anxious-preoccupied attachment can lead to anxiety disorders and attention deficit disorders in adulthood.
• Adults tend to be self-critical and seek validation and reassurance from others.


• Parents with anxious-preoccupied attachment tend to over-involve the child in their own state of mind
• Struggle with multitasking too much when around their children.



• Disorganized kids can tend to be fearful while expressing ambivalent behavior towards parents.

• Disorganised in both early childhood and adulthood can be associated with a range of challenging disorders and behaviour.

• Parents with disorganized attachment might face challenges in building an intimate relationship with their children.

The Team

Daniel P. Brown, Ph.D.

Co-Founder & Faculty Leader
 •  Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and faculty member for 38 Years.
•  Award winning author and published 24 books.
•  Senior meditation master training with top Indo-Tibetan Lamas for over 48 years.

Jock Gordon

Co-Founder & CEO of MindOnly
•  Built and exited world's first iPad restauraunt system- MenuPad in 2013.
•  Founder of multiple businesses over the last 15 years.
• Extensive experience training with thought leaders in psychology to find the best treatments for change.

David S. Elliott, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist
•  Co-Author of Attachment Disturbance in Adults
•  Faculty and Advisory Board Chair of the Int. School for Psychotherapy, Counseling, and Group Leadership in Saint Petersburg, Russia
• Former President of the Rhode Island Psychological Association Association

Paula Sacks

Clinical Social Worker
•  Attachment Specialist in Private Practice, Chestnut Hill, MA
• Board Member of Pointing Out the Great Way Foundation
•  Contributing Author of Attachment Disturbances in Adults

Caroline R. Baltzer, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist
• Contributing Author to Attachment Disturbances in Adults
• Lecturer, Harvard Medical School
• Attachment Specialist in Private Practice, Cambridge, MA

Nigel Denning

Counselling Psychologist
• Former board member of the College of Counseling Psychologists, a member group of the Australian Psychological Association
• Registered supervisor for International Association of Applied Neuropsychotherapy
• Vice President of In Good Faith Foundation

BASED ON THE AWARD WINNING CLINICAL BOOK

Attachment Disturbances in Adults: Treatment for Comprehensive Repair

A comprehensive treatment approach for the repair and resolution of attachment disturbances in adults, for use in clinical settings. With contributing authors Paula Morgan-Johnson, Paula Sacks, Caroline R. Baltzer, James Hickey, Andrea Cole, Jan Bloom, and Deirdre Fay.

Co-Authored by
Daniel P. Brown, Ph.D. and David S. Elliott, Ph.D.

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