Licensed Psychologist Lemke Counseling & Consulting St Cloud, MN
Disclosure: I do not have any relevant financial / non-financial relationships with any proprietary interests.
Many of our complex trauma and dissociative clients have difficulties when their therapists take time off for a myriad of reasons such as regulation dependency, fear of abandonment, developmental wounds, insecure/anxious attachment styles and/or punishing introject states. Vacations, medical time off, and/or traveling for conferences all become challenging times for both therapists and their traumatized clients. Often clients become unstable, participate in self-harm, display aggression upon therapist return, or and may even have to be hospitalized for suicidal ideation. Therapists can struggle with guilt and anxiety on how to address their need for educational, personal, and/or recreational time off and may even feel controlled by their client’s dependent nature.
This program will address important considerations within the realm of ego state work to understand their client’s ‘panic’, and to foster healthier absences for both client and therapist, including developmental repair, addressing attachment styles, fostering concept of object constancy for younger states, promoting ego state self-regulation, strengthening and cooperative strategies.
Describe the role of attachment theory at play during therapeutic absences and upon return
Illustrate several strategies based on ego state theory to assist in self-regulation during absences
Demonstrate use of transitional objects for absences and ways to reinforce their success
Demonstrate ways to foster concept of object permanence for young ego states to help alleviate fears of no return
Describe ways to elicit ego state cooperation and collaboration to manage absences