Relational Traumas And Wounds—Attachment Injuries

Attachment injuries can be most accurately described in the following terms:

When these events arise in the therapy process, they will remind the therapist of the symptoms of posttraumatic stress in the following ways:

Identify the attachment injury statements below:

The first two steps in the resolution of these injuries are:

The next two steps in the resolution of attachment injuries are:

The final two steps of the process of forgiveness and reconciliation and healing the attachment injury are:

The important outcomes of this process are:

Forgiveness is clarified by the attachment-injury concept in the following ways:

Take the example given in Exercise 4, No 3 above, “You drove me to the hospital…” and write out five responses you might make to this statement that will distill this pain and the impact of this event and place it in an attachment frame. For example, the therapist might say, “You were alone and scared. He wasn’t there. And after all these years there is still something ‘bitter,’ something that comes up whenever you need to count on him, something hopeless? What happens to you right now as you talk about this?”

Formulate the ideal dialogue that would occur in the final enactment that provides an antidote bonding event for this couple.