State of the Art of Psychotherapy – Attachment and Trauma Congress 2023

led by Alessandro Carmelita, Marina Cirio, Ronald Siegel, Jan Winhall, Janina Fisher, Sebern F. Fisher, Abi Blakeslee, Harry Farmer, Suzette Boon, Mary Jo Barrett, Terry Real, Remco Van der Wijngaart

We are finally facing a moment of increasing and deep integration between different approaches and perspectives in analyzing human functioning. These experts will describe in detail different trauma intervention methods, allowing you to learn about the most comprehensive and up-to-date approaches on today’s international scientific scene, within the broader framework of attachment as a lens to observe individual personality development.

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Learning Outcomes

Part 1

  • Understand the importance of cyclical flow in treatment and healing.
  • Know the variables that predict the success of trauma treatment and how to integrate these into your own practice.
  • Create healthy protective attachments clients .
  • Understand the ethical imperative of attunement.

Part 2

  • Learn a new approach to addiction through the lens of the self sense polyvagal model.
  • Learn how to use the Grendlin therepeutic approach to help clients connect with their bodies
  • Understand the Embodied Tool for Assessment and Treatment and how to apply this to your clinical practice.

Part 3

  • Know the types of self representation
  • Understand the bodily self in terms of its development and its relationship to trauma
  • Know what depersonalisation is and how it relates to both trauma and self-other mirroring

Part 4

  • Learn about the biology of recovery by looking  at implicit memory
  • Understand how to use interoception with your clients
  • Learn how to observe and change ongoing physiological states
  • learn techniques routed in implicit psychotherapy, somatic experiencing, relationship repair and sensorimotor psychotherapy

Part 5

  • Compare and contrast different therapeutic approaches from a panel discussion.

Part 6

  • Understanding and applying the basic needs model to guide effective imagery rescripting.
  • Adequately intervening in the image as the therapist.
  • Becoming more confident in handling common challenging situations.

Part 7

  • Understand attachment failure or rupture as the core issue in developmental trauma
  • Understand the fear systems and contributors in the brain such as affect regulation.
  • Learn to use neurofeedback and deep brain reorienting with clients.

Part 8

  • Understand why patients become dissociative.
  • Learn the skills to treat a client who is considered to be ‘difficult or impossible’.
  • Discover how to deal with transference and countertransference in the therapeutic setting.

Part 9

  • Describe the effects of trauma-related attachment on affect regulation.
  • Discriminate the overlap between borderline personality disorder and traumatic attachment.
  • Identify the effects of traumatic attachment on the therapeutic relationship.
  • To apply body-centered and mindfulness-based interventions to help clients increase affect tolerance and decrease impulsive behavior.

Part 10

  • Compare and contrast different therapeutic approaches from a panel discussion.

Part 11

  • Understand the theoretical background behind Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy (MIMT).
  • Learn the key principles of MIMT.

Part 12

  • An overview of evidence for efficacy and mechanisms of action in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy in trauma treatment.
  • To identify the common elements in a wide variety of trauma-related psychological disorders and how non-ordinary states help to resolve them.
  • The role of compassion, and self-compassion in psychotherapeutic progress.
  • The role of transpersonal or “mystical” experience in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and trauma treatment.
  • Practical ways to introduce the transformative elements of mindfulness and compassion-informed, and psychedelic-assisted sessions into other forms of psychotherapy.

Part 13

  • Understanding the tri part system of the psyche: wise adult, adaptive child, wounded child.
  • Understanding the neurobiological underpinnings of trauma adaptation and recovery.
  • Equipping clients to use their relationships as crucibles for their own transformation.
  • Understanding how to give clients a relational map and toolkit, a relational technology, that has the power to deliver on their new romantic ambitions.

Part 14

  • Compare and contrast different therapeutic approaches from a panel discussion.
Course Breakdown:

In the last decades, psychotherapy has benefited from the integration with neuroscience research, which enables an increasingly in-depth understanding of brain functioning under physiological and traumatic conditions through the development of new research techniques. The impact of traumatic experiences on brain functioning, theorised by various psychotherapeutic approaches and confirmed by clinical experiences at all levels, is now also supported by neurophysiological investigations.

We are finally facing a moment of increasing and deep integration between different approaches and perspectives in analysing human functioning.

Clinical psychology, neuroanatomy, and the study of behaviour emphasise the crucial incidence of early life experiences in structuring the brain and developing personality. Psychotherapy is called upon to find effective repair elements to the critical fractures that developmental trauma can cause in individual development.

The experts speaking at the Congress will describe in detail different trauma intervention methods, allowing the audience to learn about the most comprehensive and up-to-date approaches on today’s international scientific scene, within the broader framework of attachment as a lens to observe individual personality development.


Part 1: The essential ingredients and guidelines for all successful trauma Psychotherapy by Mary Jo Barrett

This presentation will explore the essential ingredients for successful treatment of complex developmental trauma across the Lifespan. No two treatment models are identical; yet there are clear variables that predict the success of treatment. After exploring 50 years of treatment and evaluating success, clients across the life span and throughout the world have told Mary Jo Barrett the same thing: healthy protective attachment with therapist and social engagement is paramount for change. This presentation will explore the universal interventions necessary to assure therapeutic success. It will also affirm and invigorate the clinical work of each participant.


Part 2: Revolutionizing trauma and addiction treatment with the Felt Sense™ Polyvagal Model by Jan Winhall 

The current idea that addiction is a disorder of the brain is failing patients. Therapists need a new approach that addresses the intersection in the body between trauma and addiction. The Polyvagal Model of Felt Sense™ (Felt Sense Polyvagal Model™ or FSPM) transforms the current pathological paradigm into a strengths-based approach. When viewed through the lens of Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory, typical addictive behaviours can be seen as adaptive attempts by the body to regulate itself; such behaviours act as ‘drivers’ that facilitate neurophysiological changes within the nervous system.

This presentation is an introduction to Jan Winhall’s book “Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model“(Treating trauma and addiction with the Polyvagal Model of the Felt Sense™). During this talk, Jan will describe the theoretical framework of the model she has devised through more than forty years of work with trauma survivors. The FSPM Model guides clinicians, helping them to use a new way of working with the two main embodied processes: interoception (felt sense) and neuroception (Polyvagal Theory). You will also discover the therapeutic approach of the Focusing/Felt Sense of Gendlin and learn how to help clients connect with their bodies.

This model offers a framework that can support any therapeutic modality used by clinicians. The application of the model will be demonstrated through an introduction to the Embodied Tool for Assessment and Treatment™ (Embodied Assessment and Treatment Tool™ or EATT). This tool allows for a somatic assessment of the client’s ability to regulate their autonomic nervous system and integrate embodied experiences. With repeated use, the EATT becomes an organised treatment plan that can be stored online as a medical record. This talk will include practical demonstrations of how to use this tool. You will learn about Carnes’ Three Circles Practice, a specific treatment method for working with addiction and see clinical examples of how this approach can be applied. This presentation will be a mix of didactic information, experiential practice and clinical case examples.


Part 3: The mirror cracked: Depersonalisation, trauma and social processing by Harry Farmer

Depersonalisation (DP) is an intriguing form of altered subjective experience in which people report feelings of unreality and detachment from their sense of Self and the wider world (sometime called derealisation). While this experience on unreality occurs to most people at some points in their lives, it can become a chronic condition in the form of Depersonalization/derealization Disorder (DPDR). There is a strong link between these experiences and trauma with many theories suggesting that DPDR is caused by the overactivation of an adaptive defence mechanism within the brain. One underexplored area of research on DP experiences is their relationship to social cognition and the perception of others. In this talk, Dr Farmer will first outline work linking DP experiences to childhood trauma before exploring how DP relates to social cognition, primarily through the lens of Self-Other mirroring. In doing so, he will draw on research from cognitive neuroscience and psychology relating representations of Self and others at the level of the bodily Self: from tactile mirroring and emotional mimicry to more abstracted and advanced forms of social interaction, such as emotional empathy and compassion. In doing so he will argue that, somewhat paradoxically, the disrupted sense of Self experienced by those with high levels of DP can lead to increased mirroring of others at the bodily level.


Part 4: Implicit Psychotherapy: Theory and clinical tools to access the biology of recovery by Abi Blakeslee

Physical, emotional, and social distress can arise from unresolved attachment and trauma. Yet recovery is not about thinking our way out of the past. This presentation will outline the biology of recovery from the unique perspective of working directly with non-consciously encoded memory, also known as implicit memory. Several branches of implicit memory are involved with the autonomic nervous system, the threat response cycle, and primitive states of regulation. Why can’t clients change the emotional and behavioral patterns they know are hurting themselves and others? In this lecture, participants will learn how interoception, or conscious awareness of bodily sensation, is used in therapy. Learning how to observe and change ongoing survival physiological states as well as learning how to guide clients to repair relational ruptures on an implicit level, can lead to long lasting and deep states of change. Participants will also learn exercises that can be used for themselves and their clients right away. Drawing on trauma informed approaches such as Implicit Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Relationship Repair, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, this presentation combines science, theory and practice with clarity. Working with implicit memory is a pathway to reinstate secure attachment, increase regulation and restore a person’s sense of essential self.


Part 5: Panel discussion 1 

Panel discussion with Abi Blakeslee, Harry Farmer, Jan Winhall and Mary Jo Barrett. In which they discuss their therapeutic approaches in relation to each other.


Part 6: Imagery rescripting and the use of the therapy relationship to provide corrective emotional experiences for traumatized patients by Remco Van der Wijngaart

Imagery rescripting is nowadays regarded as an evidence-based technique for treating different disorders, such as PTSD, social anxiety disorder, and personality disorders (Morina et al., 2017). The therapeutic goal is to generate corrective emotional experiences in aversive memories/images using mental imagery. However, it is not always easy to identify and target the core need in the image effectively. For example, an image of childhood abuse can be rescripted in many ways. Should the client strive for safety or for rebuttal in the image? When should they imagine themselves halting the antagonist, or is it better for the therapist to provide a corrective emotional experience by stepping into the mental image and change the outcome of the visualized events? This presentation will focus on the use of the therapy relationship when applying this technique; the therapist stepping into the image to serve as a role model when rescripting the visualized events. In doing so, therapists might be confronted with different challenges when doing imagery rescripting, e.g. the question whether it is better to wait till the most traumatic parts of the experience, or if it will be wiser to step in at an earlier stage? This presentation uses the model of basic emotional needs as a guiding compass for effective imagery rescripting. The presentation focuses on three components:

  • Correctly identifying and targeting the basic emotional needs in the image;
  • Identifying the right moment for rescripting; rescripting;
  • Dealing with some of the most common challenges.

This presentation contains instruction, demonstration (role-play/video), and room for questions and comments.


Part 7: Walking the Tiger and Letting it Sleep: Training the brain to quiet fear in developmental trauma by Sebern Fisher

When a friend handed Sebern Fisher Peter Levine’s book, she misread the title and she imagined this beautiful wild creature walking peacefully in front of her on a leash. Since beginning to integrate neurofeedback into her treatment of trauma survivors in the late 90s, she has been looking for ways to quiet the beast of fear. In that same period, neuroscience research began to identify ‘fear structures’ and fear circuitry in the brain. (In 2013, NIMH suggested that fear circuitry might be a “common factor” in seemingly discreet mental illnesses.) Just as therapists were getting used to the amygdala as the fear generator, research is showing them that it is the periaqueductal gray (PAG), the reptilian threat detector in the brainstem, that instigates the fear reactivity. Therapists can help patients understand this, can provide them skills to manage this, can help them soothe this with their presence but they can’t quiet this pulse of fear that begins deep in the brain with talk therapy alone. What someone has learned and what they have failed to learn are held in the vast electrical network that is the human brain. Most people with these histories have learned terror, rage and shame and not learned to regulate affect. Sebern Fisher will review the frequency or functional failure modes that show up in the brains of people with histories of attachment disruption and abuse in early childhood and, using research findings, case vignettes and videos, show that, with computer generated feedback, the brain can learn to quiet fear and to let the tiger sleep.


Part 8: Treating ‘difficult dissociative patients’: Transference and countertransference by Suzette Boon 

Difficult or sometimes even ‘impossible’ dissociative patients may project feelings of guilt, rage, shame, humiliation, helplessness, and incompetency into therapists. Whatever you do doesn’t help or isn’t good enough and these patients seem to resist virtually any efforts toward progress. In the face of massive resistance, clinicians may retreat into destructive enmeshment, overinvolvement, wishing to ‘save this patient’ by engaging in different non-therapeutic actions. And if all their well-meant efforts fail, they may distance themselves, get enraged or even punish the patient. The actual prognosis of a ‘difficult or impossible’ patient depends to some degree on the fit between patient and therapist, and on the skills and experience of the therapist. Certain prognostic indicators that should be used to screen for appropriateness for outpatient psychotherapy and make a workable treatment plan. The ‘difficult or impossible’ patient typically has problems in several related areas: (1) chronic defenses against perceived relational threat (e.g., criticism, rejection, abandonment, or control); (2) chronic defenses against inner experience (e.g., affects, cognitions, physical sensations, wishes, needs); and (3) difficulties in self-regulation (4) dissociation as ultimate defense to avoid relational threat and inner experiences. Interventions are first directed to the therapist, who must learn to deal with intense countertransference feelings. It is sometimes very hard not to feel hurt or under attack by a ‘difficult’ patient. Therapists must learn to empathically understand the patient’s behavior, and act with reflection rather than with reaction. This reflective stance is a treatment strategy in itself for the patient, and paves the way for further interventions. Strategies for the therapist and patient will be discussed in this presentation.


Part 9: Re-Thinking Borderline Personality Disorder as a Traumatic Attachment Disorder by Janina Fisher

Thirty years of research has repeatedly shown a clear relationship between a history of childhood abuse and a later diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. Rather than experiencing others as a haven of safety, traumatized individuals are driven by powerful wishes and fears of relationships. Their intense emotions and impulsive behavior make them vulnerable to being labeled ‘borderline’ and thus feared or dreaded by the therapists from whom they seek help. In this presentation, we will address understanding ‘borderline personality’ as a trauma-related disorder, reflecting the impact of traumatic attachment on the ability to tolerate emotion and relationships. The borderline client is not at war with the therapist. He or she is caught up into an internal battle: Do I trust or not trust? Do I live or do I die? Do I love or do I hate? Understanding these clients as fragmented and at war with themselves transforms the therapeutic relationship and the treatment. New approaches and interventions drawn from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, and Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST) can transform what it means to treat a ‘borderline’ client.


Part 10: Panel Discussion 2

Panel discussion between Janina Fisher, Remco Van der Wijngaart, Sebern Fisher, Suzette Boon about their different therapeutic approaches.


Part 11: Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy: Beyond the recovery from trauma by Alessandro Carmelita and Marina Cirio

In the last decades, psychotherapy has oriented towards treating trauma and its psychological consequences. Most of the attention is given to the influence of the attachment trauma on the development of personality and individual functioning. If the origin of the problems is to be researched at the beginnings of the individual’s relational life, it becomes crucial to find a way to intervene at that level, operating on the early brain parts, which work beyond words and the higher cognitive systems.

The Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy (MIMT) shows itself as an innovative therapy focused on restructuring the Self in a coherent and integrated way, through deeply reparative relational experiences in the therapeutic relation. It employs neurobiological co-regulation techniques between the therapist and the patient, consistent with the principles of the Polyvagal Theory, which support the record of the safety/danger axis in determining the development of personality starting from the earliest moments of life.

The unique setting of the MIMT allows, by using a mirror, to work on the procedural memory of the patient in a powerful and fast way, by restructuring the continued experiences of lack of attunement with the attachment figure, at the origin of the deepest and earliest evolutionary trauma.


Part 12: Lessons from Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy: Healing Attachment Wounds and Treating Trauma by Ronald Siegel 

Research on psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy is advancing rapidly and is showing particular promise for trauma treatment. With proper preparation and support, individuals with troubled attachment histories and developmental trauma are often able to experience safety and love for the first time. What can clinicians learn from these investigations? How can the latter inform their therapy practice even if they are not participating in the research? This presentation will explore ways to help traumatized clients begin to integrate split-off traumatic memories, open their hearts, embrace vulnerability, surrender to the flow of ever-changing experience, and move from isolation to connection with people and nature—perhaps for the first time in their lives.


Part 13: From trauma to connection: The healing power of relationships by Terry Real 

The toxic culture of individualism and patriarchy rests on the delusions that human beings stand apart from nature and are in control of it. Whether the ‘nature’ they are trying to control is their partner, their kids, their bodies (“I must lose 10 pounds!”) or their own minds (“I must be less negative!”). The autonomic nervous system scans the body 4 times a second: “am I safe?”, “am I safe?”, “am I safe?”, “am I safe?”. If the answer is “yes, I feel safe”, individuals remain seated in the wise adult part of themselves, the prefrontal cortex. They remember the whole, the relationship. But when the answer is “no, I feel in danger”, they shift into subcortical parts of the brain, knee-jerk automatic responses in which they see the world as an “I win-you lose” power struggle.

The key issue is trauma. While individuals may be objectively safe, things in the present can trigger past wounds and their adaptations to those wounds. They automatically repeat their survival strategies, making a mess of their current relationships. All trauma is relational trauma and all healing is relational healing. People pick partners they imagine will deliver them from old wounds, yet they wind up with partners who send them directly back into those old wounds. The question is: “What do they do then?” Reaching for something new while triggered has the potential to heal relationships and heal trauma in the same beautiful moment. In heated moments, individuals lose the wisdom of themselves. Therapists need to equip their clients to cultivate the ongoing practice of relational mindfulness: shifting from the you-and-me consciousness into the centered adult parts of themselves. Remembering love, and that the person they are speaking to is someone they care about and is not the enemy. This is the critical first step, the first skill from which all other skills depend. Once clients are equipped to think ecologically and relationally, all of the terms change. For example, the relational answer to the question “who is right and who is wrong?” is “who cares?” The real question is: “how are you and I going to work on this as a team?”. During this presentation, Terry Real will explore how to help people deal with their own trauma effectively without inflicting it on their families.


Part 14: Panel discussion 

Panel discussion between experts Abi Blakeslee,  Marina Cirio, Mary Jo Barrett,  Ronald Siegel and Terry Real about their different therapeutic approaches.


Mary Jo Barrett

Mary Jo Barrett is the Founder of The Center for Contextual Change. She holds a Masters in Social Work from the Jane Addams School of Social Work and has served on the adjunct faculties of The University of Chicago, The Chicago Center for Family Health, and the Family Institute of Northwestern University. Barrett was the Clinical Director of Midwest Family Resource and has been working in the field of family violence since 1974 beginning with Parents Anonymous. She is co-author of the recent book Treating Complex Trauma: A Relational Blueprint for Collaboration and Change. Barrett has also coauthored two books with Dr. Terry Trepper: Incest: A Multiple Systems Perspective and The Systemic Treatment of Incest: A Therapeutic Handbook. Creator of the Collaborative Change Model, a contextual model of therapy used to transform the lives of those impacted by abuse and/or traumatic events.

Jan Winhall

Jan Winhall, M.S.W. F.O.T. is an author, teacher and seasoned trauma and addiction psychotherapist. She started her career as a social worker/ psychotherapist 40 years ago. She is now an Educational Partner and Course Developer with the Polyvagal Institute where she teaches a certification course based on her book Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model, Routledge 2021. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto and a Certifying Co-Ordinator with the International Focusing Institute. Jan is Co-Director of the Borden Street Clinic where she supervises graduate students. She enjoys teaching all over the world. Her work focuses on a bottom-up approach to addiction.

Harry Farmer

Dr. Harry Farmer is currently a Research Associate in Virtual Reality in the CREATE lab at the University of Bath’s Department of Psychology. He completed his Ph.D. in Psychology at Royal Holloway, the University of London in 2014 and worked as a Research Associate in Social Neuroscience at UCL’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience between 2014 and 2018. His research focus is on the relationship between self and social cognition and encompasses a wide range of methodological techniques including conceptual analysis, psychophysics, physiological recording, neuroimaging, and virtual reality. He has authored 13 articles in peer-reviewed journals including Psychological Science and Neuropsychologia. His past work has explored how the plasticity of self-representation at both the bodily and conceptual levels can be used to modulate social attitudes including prejudice.

Abi Blakeslee

Dr. Abi Blakeslee is founder of Implicit Psychotherapy. She is faculty at the Somatic Experiencing International and also legacy faculty for Dr. Peter Levine’s Ergos Institute for Somatic Education. She is the co-founder of Relationship Repair. Dr. Blakeslee holds a Ph.D. in Clinical and Somatic Psychology and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Her dissertation generated original research on the role of implicit memory in healing trauma. Dr. Blakeslee integrates the study of implicit memory and psychophysiology in clinical research, secondary trauma interventions, and the psychobiological principles of attachment and shock trauma. She treats individuals, couples, children and families in her clinical practice. Dr. Blakeslee teaches and consults worldwide. She lives in Bozeman, Montana with her husband and enjoys the snow, mountains, and rivers with her three young children.

Remco Van der Wijngaart

Remco van der Wijngaart is a psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor in cognitive behavioural therapy and Schema Therapy at an independent practice in Maastricht. Between 1995 and 2016 he worked as a therapist at a mental health care outpatient institution for anxiety, eating, somatoform and personality disorders. Wijngaart works as a psychotherapist in a private practice in Maastricht, the Netherlands. He is the director of the Dutch Institute for Schema Therapy, providing international training in Schema Therapy. Initially trained in CBT, he was later trained and supervised in Schema Therapy by Jeffrey Young, founder of Schema Therapy, with imagery rescripting as one of the most frequently used techniques in this therapy model. He produced and directed several productions, e.g. Fine Tuning Imagery Rescripting, and is the author of the 2021 book Imagery Rescripting, theory and practice.

Sebern F. Fisher

Sebern F. Fisher, M.A., author of ‘Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain’, is a psychotherapist and neurofeedback practitioner in private practice who specialises in the aftermath of neglect and abuse in early childhood. She focuses on training the traumatised brain to learn its own regulation which one can learn at any age. She trains professionals nationally and internationally on neurofeedback and on the need to integrate neurofeedback with psychotherapy. Her book, ‘Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain’, has helped her readers understand how the traumatised brain can give rise to explosive feelings, irrational thinking, and destructive behaviour. When the brain learns its own regulation, its’ owner can engage meaningfully in psychotherapy and in life.

Suzette Boon

Suzette Boon, a pioneer in the diagnosis of trauma-related disorders, is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist with a background in family and systemic therapy, cognitive and behavioral therapy, and hypnosis. She has worked extensively at both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric facilities. Since the late eighties, Suzette has specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with histories of early psychological trauma, in particular patients with complex dissociative disorders. She is co-founder of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) and was its first president. The International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD) granted her the David Caul Memorial Award in 1993, the Morton Prince Award in 1994 and the President’s Award of Distinction and the status of Fellow in 1995.

Janina Fisher

Janina Fisher, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a former instructor, Harvard Medical School.  An international expert on the treatment of trauma, she is an Executive Board member of the Trauma Research Foundation and a Patron of the John Bowlby Centre.  Dr. Fisher is the author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation (2017), Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: a Workbook for Survivors and Therapists (2021), and The Living Legacy Instructional Flip Chart (2022).  She is best known for her work on integrating mindfulness-based and somatic interventions into trauma treatment.  Her treatment model, Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST), is now being taught around the world.  More information can be found on her website:

Ronald Siegel

Dr. Ronald D. Siegel is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, part time, at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 35 years. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He teaches internationally about the application of mindfulness practice in psychotherapy and other fields, and maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Dr. Siegel is co-editor of the critically acclaimed text, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition; author of a comprehensive guide for general audiences. He is also a regular contributor to other professional publications and is co-director of the annual Harvard Medical School Conference on Meditation and Psychotherapy.

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Alessandro Carmelita

Dr. Alessandro Carmelita is an Italian psychotherapist and psychologist in London with over 20 years’ experience in the clinical and sports psychology fields. He qualified in Cognitive Therapy before training with international experts in Schema Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy and Accelerated Dynamic Psychotherapy. Dr. Carmelita gained his degree in Clinical Psychology at Padua University of Clinical Psychology in 1999. Since then, he has completed specialist training in Cognitive Therapy at APC Rome, Schema Therapy at the Schema Therapy Institute of NY, Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples at the Ackherman Institute of NY, and Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy at ISC International. Dr. Carmelita has trained and mentored hundreds of fellow therapists internationally. He is a compassionate therapist and co-creator of the pioneering Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy.

Marina Cirio

Marina Cirio is a Psychologist and a Psychotherapist. She has enriched her professional training with recent contributions in the field of Psychotherapy and Neuroscience. She has developed Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy (MIMT) together with Alessandro Carmelita, thus contributing to expand both the clinical implications and the research work on the therapeutic interventions that can be used with different types of patients. After using this innovative approach for years, Dr. Cirio is going to conduct – together with Dr. Carmelita – a new training course in MIMT that will allow many other therapists to learn and understand this new way of relating to clients, which can facilitate a real and profound change.

Terry Real

Terry Real has been a practicing family therapist for more than thirty years, and his work has been featured on NBC Nightly News, Today, Good Morning America, the CBS Early Show and Oprah, as well as in The New York Times, Psychology Today, Esquire, and numerous academic publications. His most recent book Us: Getting Past You & Me to Build a More Loving Relationship is a New York Times Bestseller. Terry founded the Relational Life Institute (RLI), which is dedicated to teaching the general public how to live relational lives and to teaching mental health professionals the practice of Relational Life Therapy. RLI uses Terry’s work to advance the concept of “Relational Living” to help people address relational and psychological health in three critical relationship areas: parenting, coupling, and workforce effectiveness.

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