The body and attachment
From Freud to Schore, Trevarthen and the contemporary neurobiologists, the body is firmly acknowledged as a rich source of information for psychotherapists. Crucial early and traumatic experiences unencodable in language, stored in the body as procedural memories, are repeatedly replayed under our noses as physical symptoms, postures, and bodily attunement. But for many clinicians trained in 'talking therapies', these non-verbal entreaties remain challenging to identify and decode.
Dr Nicola Diamond looks at the relationship between the body and attachment, and at developments in this area of the attachment field and their implications for psychotherapy. She offers a position on the upsurge in popularity of exploring neuroscience in attachment thinking, drawing on her thoughts in her book 'Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis'. As with all IAN events, the latter section of the seminar will be dedicated to questions from the audience.
It is the policy of the International Attachment Network to keep audience size to a minimum so that all attendees may engage directly with the speaker; therefore tickets are limited and early purchase is advised.
Dr Nicola Diamond is a Senior Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies, University of East London, and teaches at the Tavistock Clinic. She is also a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist (BPC reg). Now running a private practice, Nicola previously worked as a psychotherapist for The Helen Bamber Foundation (for survivors of torture and trauma) and at the Women's Therapy Centre in London.
She is the author of 'Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Developments'; Wiley & Sons (2013) and co-author of 'Attachment and Intersubjectivity' with Mario Marrone; Whurrs publisher (2003).
Recent journal and chapter publications include;
- 'Between Bodies: Working on the Liminal Zone with Traumatised clients' (co-authored with P. Valerio)
- 'A case of Mistaken Identity: Countertransference and Multiple Dissociation' (co-authored with M.Marrone) in the book ‘Introduction to countertransference
- 'A myriad of mirrors' (Ed Valerio, P. Routledge, Taylor & Francis; 2018)
- 'Exploring Some Vicissitudes of Feminine Sexuality' in Free Associations (2013)
- 'The Body and Film: Estranged Body States - A Case of das Unheimlich, Journal of Psychosocial Studies' (2013)
- 'Between the Body and Social Trauma: Working with the Aftermath of Torture' in the book 'Emotion: Psychosocial Perspectives' (Eds: Sclater & Jones atal Palgrave; 2009)
- 'Between Touches' in Dialogues on Touch in the Psychoanalytic Space (Ed: Galton Karnac; 2007)
- 'When Thought is not Enough' in the book 'How Does Therapy work' (Karnac, Ed: Ryan; 2005)
- 'Attachment Trauma and the Body' in Attachment theory and the psychoanalytic Process (Eds: Cortina & Marrone; Whurr; 2002)
About Denise Dunne
The International Attachment Network promotes the fundamental role of attachment theory in all aspects of human connection. Established by supervisees of John Bowlby, we are an educational charity we advocate and educate on its application for improved outcomes in the fields of psychological health and beyond.