Attachment-Based Yoga and Meditation for Trauma Recovery: Practical Ways to Shift Attachment Patterns

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Led by: Deirdre Fay, LICSW

Our bodies, minds, and hearts are natively wired to connect. When connections are broken, or betrayed, especially in affectively intense manner, internal patterns become disorganized, remaining that way while we function on top of them.

These underlying, unresolved attachment patterns are the main reasons PTSD doesn’t resolve. Research indicates that one in four people has a secure attachment style, while three out of four have insecure attachment styles. The good news is that these patterns can be changed by befriending the attachment patterns and remapping the non-narrative imprinting that happens before the brain is fully formed or affectively disrupted. Experience-based neuroplasticity gives a conceptual understanding of how the brain is encoded, and better yet — non-invasive practices to change those patterns.

This experiential workshop provides a practical integration of attachment theory and yogic psychology for trauma treatment. Author of Attachment-Based Yoga & Meditation for Trauma Recovery, Deidre was trained and supervised at Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Centre in Boston, and has presented keynote addresses at the 2017 Meditation and Psychotherapy Harvard Conference and the 2017 Compassionate Mind Foundation. You will learn evidence-based strategies, practices, and specific exercises you can start to use with your clients immediately. You will learn how maladaptive attachment patterns show up with clients, and find ways to remap those patterns so your clients feel calmer inside, quieter in mind and body, and more hopeful that life will continue to get better.

This workshop will be of interest to: social workers, psychologists, counsellors, psychiatrists, yoga teachers, and body therapists.

Fees and Registration

Monday, May 14, and Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Multi-Faith Centre/Koffler House
(569 Spadina Ave, Toronto)
9:00 am to 4:40 pm

Earlybird Rate
(Up to April 5, 2018)
Regular Rate
(After April 5, 2018)
$440 + HST $465 + HST

You will learn —

  • The 7 Components of a Secure Attachment
  • Why clients have an aversion to introspection and experience emotional stress exploring attachment issues
  • How to ground the core of the body to shift the fight/flight pattern
  • A step-by-step map to change attachment patterns
  • How to cultivate a transformational approach to PTSD
  • Body-based practices to integrate past/present and link experiences so clients can live more in the present moment
  • Interventions that a client can take out of the office and use between sessions to live a more satisfying life
  • The four-step transformational cycle integrating yoga, attachment, and trauma theory

This workshop may be eligible for Continuing Education Credits/Units (CECs/CEUs) by professional organizations in Canada/Ontario serving mental health professionals. Please click here for more information.

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Deirdre Fay, LICSW, has decades of experience exploring the intersection of trauma, attachment, yoga, and meditation. Having meditated since the 70s and lived in a yoga ashram for six years in the 80s and 90s, Deirdre brings a unique perspective to being in the body. In the 90s, Deirdre was asked to teach yoga and meditation to those in the dissociative unit at McLean Hospital. Having amassed skill sets in trauma treatment (as a supervisor under the guidance of Bessel van der Kolk at the Trauma Center), attachment theory (13 years of training with Daniel Brown), and body therapy (as a trainer in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy), Deirdre now teaches an integrative approach which Chris Germer calls “a radically positive approach to healing trauma”. Deirdre founded the Becoming Safely Embodied skills groups and is the author of Attachment-Based Yoga & Meditation for Trauma Recovery, Becoming Safely Embodied Skills Manual, and co-author of Attachment Disturbances for Adults as well as chapters in Neurobiological Treatments of Traumatic Dissociation. Learn more at

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