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Healing Attachment Wounds Through Attachment-Based Tapping

Welcome back to our transformative blog series, "Unlocking the Healing Power of Trauma-Informed Tapping Techniques"! In this installment, we embark on a profound exploration of attachment-based tapping, a pivotal approach in trauma therapy aimed at healing attachment wounds and fostering emotional resilience.

Understanding Attachment Theory in Trauma Therapy

Attachment theory, pioneered by eminent psychologists John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth, continues to evolve and inform contemporary understandings of trauma therapy. Recent research in the fields of attachment, trauma, and polyvagal theory has shed new light on the intricate interplay between early relational experiences and individuals' emotional well-being.

a felt sense of safe enough
Secure-Enough Attachment

Incorporating the latest insights from attachment research, trauma studies, and polyvagal theory, therapists are now better equipped to address the complex dynamics of attachment wounds in trauma therapy. Recent studies have highlighted the role of secure attachment in buffering the impact of traumatic experiences and promoting resilience in the face of adversity. For example, research by Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Allan Schore has underscored the significance of secure attachment in regulating emotions and promoting healthy interpersonal relationships.

Moreover, advancements in polyvagal theory have deepened our understanding of the neurobiological underpinnings of attachment and trauma. Dr. Stephen Porges' groundbreaking work on the polyvagal theory elucidates how the autonomic nervous system responds to threat and safety cues, shaping individuals' capacity for social engagement and connection. Recent studies have elucidated the role of the ventral vagal complex in mediating feelings of safety and connection, offering insights into the mechanisms underlying attachment-based interventions in trauma therapy.

In light of these developments, trauma therapists are increasingly integrating attachment-based approaches into their clinical practice. By fostering a sense of safety and security within therapeutic relationships, therapists create an optimal environment for healing and growth. Techniques such as attachment-based tapping, informed by the principles of attachment theory and trauma-informed care, offer a promising pathway for addressing attachment wounds and promoting emotional resilience.

As we navigate the complexities of trauma therapy in the modern era, it is essential to stay attuned to the latest research and developments in attachment, trauma, and polyvagal theory. By integrating cutting-edge insights into our clinical practice, we can enhance the efficacy of trauma therapy and empower individuals to reclaim their sense of safety, connection, and well-being.

Introduction to Attachment-Based Tapping Resources

Renowned experts in the field of trauma therapy, such as Dr. Laurel Parnell, continue to lead the way in pioneering attachment-based tapping techniques. Dr. The latest research delves into the intricate intersection of attachment theory and tapping modalities like EMDR, breath-work, and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), expanding our understanding of how attachment wounds manifest in the body and how tapping and bilateral stimulation (BLS) interventions can effectively target and heal these wounds at a somatic level. By integrating principles of attachment theory with evidence-based tapping techniques and trauma-informed therapies can offer a comprehensive approach to addressing attachment wounds, cultivating secure attachment patterns, and fostering emotional regulation for both therapists and clients.

Techniques for Addressing Complex Trauma Through Tapping

Attachment-based tapping techniques provide a unique pathway for addressing complex trauma, which often involves profound disruptions in attachment bonds and interpersonal relationships. By targeting core attachment themes such as safety, trust, and belonging, therapists can facilitate healing at the deepest levels of the psyche, empowering clients to reclaim a sense of security and connection within themselves and with others.

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Reclaim a Sense of Secure-Enough

Integrating Attachment-Based Approaches Into Trauma Therapy Practice

Integrating attachment-based approaches into trauma therapy practice requires a comprehensive understanding of attachment theory, trauma dynamics, and the principles of trauma-informed care. Therapists can tailor attachment-based tapping interventions to meet the unique needs and preferences of each client, fostering a collaborative and empowering therapeutic alliance grounded in safety, trust, and empathy.

As we continue our journey through the landscape of trauma-informed tapping techniques, let us embrace the transformative potential of attachment-based tapping in healing attachment wounds and fostering emotional resilience. Stay tuned for our next installment, where we'll explore the transformative potential of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) in trauma recovery. Together, let's embark on a journey of empowerment and healing, reclaiming the joy of living fully.

With love, AGLOW

Stacy Ruse, LPC

AGLOW is a global hub for therapists and the world. Led by trauma expert Stacy Ruse, LPC, providing training, consultation, and counseling services. Specializing in an integrative approach using EMDR, IFS, Somatic & Transpersonal therapies to inspire therapists and individuals alike.


Stacy Ruse, LPC, is an esteemed trauma expert, Evergreen EMDR consultant, IFS-Institute consultant, and founder of Aglow Counseling. Stacy teaches a therapeutic style that is characterized by the art of EMDR & IFS therapies with a transpersonal twist, transcending the conventional boundaries of traditional therapy. Her holistic approach acknowledges the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit allowing individuals to tap into their innate resilience and ignite their personal transformation journey. As a trauma expert, national and international trainer, and clinical consultant, Stacy's approach is deeply rooted in trauma-informed methodologies.


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