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Attachment, the Therapeutic Dyad, and the CM Perspective: tracking Self-development and Post-traumatic (Re)Integration

Dr Loyola McLean

Human beings develop in connected relationships that begins with the moment to moment interactions of infancy, scaffolded by care-givers in the proto-conversation and the affectively enriched activities involving safety, comfort, care and play, extending throughout life and to the therapeutic context where psychotherapy is a secure base for post-traumatic reintegration and transformation. Connectivity is constructed at every level of the individual and dyadic systems, now explicitly named in the study of interpersonal neurobiology: we experience the joy of companionship, the pride of achievement and the vicissitudes of trauma and loss, shared in conversations that connect and reconnect post-trauma. Parent-infant and attachment research has something to offer in operationalizing the individual and dyadic state and their change over time in our psychotherapeutic conversations. 

ISSTD Australia/New Zealand | Regional Conference
27-29 November 2015 | The Westin Sydney, Australia
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Dr Loyola McLean

Dr McLean is a Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist in public and private practice with interests in attachment psychosomatics, the psychophysiology of stress system disorders and the therapeutic consequences. She is currently working as a Psychotherapy Educator with the Sydney West and Greater Southern Psychiatry Training Network. Her recent PhD studied the mediating haemostatic and inflammatory links between depression and coronary heart disease. That research project nourished her interest in attachment theory as a theory of 'body mind and stress systems' and her research will continue in this area. Her aims are to explore the underlying psychophysiology and the paths to repair and to make attachment theory more user-friendly for clinicians and patients in order to foster more collaborative ways of understanding presentations and treatment goals and to promote integrated therapies.

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