15 February 2022. Therapist Laurie Ure will describe and discuss her use of bioenergetic therapy, and provide an experiential technique to demonstrate some principles. Similar to the Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation (DMM), this therapy model is a biopsychosocial model. Laurie will provide an overview of bioenergetic therapy with a PowerPoint presentation, walk everyone through an experiential exercise, and then host a Q & A session where we will explore the intersection of bioenergetic therapy and the DMM model of attachment. Laurie is not trained in the DMM but has considerable experience with clinical work addressing attachment wounds.
Bioenergetic therapy developed from the work of Alexander Lowen beginning in the 1950’s (around the same time John Bowlby began developing attachment theory). The model involves, in part, body-based interventions and movement to increase feeling, expand awareness, and promote overall health. When working with the body in therapy, clients often become more aware of the relational trauma they’ve suppressed. It is considered useful for helping clients recognize and begin to work through early attachment difficulties and traumas.
One of the DMM-related issues we might explore is how to help clients who are using attachment A-strategies to better open up to and connect with their somatic body sensations, and how to help people using attachment C-strategies regulate the intensity of their affective experience. This session should be an interesting follow up the previous Sensory Attachment Intervention sessions by North Ireland occupational Therapist and SAI developer Éadaoin Bhreathnach.
Date: Tuesday, 15 February 2022 (live)
Length: 120 minutes
Host/Facilitator: Laurie Ure
Platform: Zoom meeting
Session for: Any professional interested in DMM attachment theory and science. Invite your colleagues.
Sponsor: Conflict Science Institute
Contact: Conflict Science Institute for Zoom link invitation
Session times:(US/EU/Africa/India): Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. Seattle (UTC -7) (11:00 a.m. in Dallas; noon in Miami; 5:00 p.m. in London; 7:00 p.m. in Cape Town; 9:00 p.m. in New Delhi; midnight in Bangkok. For Sydney Australia, the session is at 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday.)
Laurie Ure, LICSW, Certified Bioenergetic Therapist, practices bioenergetic therapy in Gloucester, MA. She has trained bioenergetic therapists for the past 10 years and currently leads training in Massachusetts, Florida, and internationally. Laurie has been involved with bioenergetics since 1986 and studied with Alexander Lowen, M.D., founder of Bioenergetic Analysis. She has directed the Massachusetts Society for Bioenergetic Analysis and taught at Salem State College School of Social Work. Laurie has published articles on the blog of Psychotherapy Networker, in the NASW Focus magazine, on Medium, and on the blog of her website. She is working on a book about the bioenergetic approach to treating depression.
Laurie recently published an article in the Psychotherapy Networker magazine titled Strengthening personal boundaries magazine describing how she used bioenergetic therapy to help heal early attachment wounds. In December 2021 she published an article in the Wise Therapist Spotlight, Connecting with the Body: The frontier linking psychotherapy, social change, and spirituality.