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Understanding anger from an attachment and neurobiological perspective

Dr Jonathan Toussaint

When problems with anger (as well as other emotions) develop, counsellors are often asked to help those individuals either become better at expressing their anger or more effective at controlling their anger. Attachment theory is an ideal lens to understand anger. Longitudinal studies of attachment have demonstrated a high continuity between infant attachment and adult attachment patterns and this gives counsellors a new paradigm for understanding affect regulation strategies, interpersonal relationship dynamics and the therapeutic alliance.

PACFA Biennial Conference 2012
Effectiveness, What works?
Recorded: 27-28 October 2012, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
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Dr Jonathan Toussaint

Dr Jonathan Toussaint PhD is an experienced family therapist, researcher, and author on relationships. Jonathan Toussaint has developed leading edge practices that strengthen the family and community and is recognised as a leading educator in the field of strength based approaches to individual, family, community and corporate work. Dr Jonathan Toussaint is a regular speaker at national and international conferences on a vast array of issues in family therapy and is in demand as a commentator by the broader media. He has served as a consultant to government, business and industry. Dr Jonathan Toussaint is a Director at Interrelate Family Centres, a counselling and mediation organisation in NSW. He is also a university lecturer in the field of health psychology.

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