Integrative Attachment Therapy Level 1

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Would you like to learn the state-of-the-art-and-science fundamentals about the development and treatment of attachment patterns in adults?

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Integrative Attachment Therapy

The Three Pillars of Comprehensive Attachment Repair

The most comprehensive approach to treating adult attachment insecurity currently available.

Brought to you in the form of an online-based, multi-media, self-paced training program.


Your goals for this program:

Understanding Attachment

You will get essential, practical information about the nature of attachment, its development during early childhood, and how it affects later development and personal and relational well-being.

Identifying Attachment

You will understand why it is clinically very valuable for therapists to recognize if a client or patient has an attachment disturbance.

You will learn of methods for identifying the various forms of attachment security and insecurity.

Treating Attachment

You will receive detailed, practical guidance for learning and practicing Integrative Attachment Therapy.

IAT is based on the innovative work of Daniel Brown, Ph.D., David Elliott, Ph.D., and several of their colleagues who published in 2016 their model and methods in the award-winning book:

Attachment Disturbances in Adults:
Treatment for Comprehensive Repair


Your IAT instructors have included and built upon this work, integrating new insights and methods from the latest attachment research and clinical practice.


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IAT is based on the innovative work of Daniel Brown, Ph.D., David Elliott, Ph.D., and several of their colleagues who published in 2016 their model and methods in the award-winning book:


Attachment Disturbances in Adults:
Treatment for Comprehensive Repair


Your IAT instructors have included and built upon this work, integrating new insights and methods from the latest attachment research and clinical practice.


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About Your Instructors

Dr David Elliott (USA)

A leading authority in attachment repair.

Dr. Elliott received his Ph.D. in Psychology in 1989 from Harvard University. His clinical training while at Harvard included externships at the Tufts University Counseling Center, the Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic of St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Massachusetts, and a clinical psychology internship at McLean Hospital, the psychiatric teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. He also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital, focused at the Adolescent and Family Treatment Unit and at the hospital’s mental health outpatient clinic. He was licensed as a Psychologist in Massachusetts in 1990, and in Rhode Island in 1993.

He has had leadership roles in several professional organizations. He was President of the Rhode Island Psychological Association for a 2-year term, in 2000 and 2001; and prior to that he was Chair of the Coalition of Mental Health Professionals of Rhode Island (COMHPRI), also for two years. Both organizations advocate for availability and access to high quality and affordable mental health services.

Since 1998 Dr. Elliott has been on the faculty of and teaches annually at the International School for Psychotherapy, Counseling, and Group Leadership, in St. Petersburg, Russia. This three-year post-graduate program guides the therapists in training to develop not only the professional skills necessary for effective therapy or leadership, but also the personal qualities that assure empathic, attuned, and ethically responsible professional activity. He is currently Chair of the International Advisory Board of the School.

He is also on the faculty of the Psykosyntes Akademin in Stockholm, Sweden, where he teaches about attachment and psychotherapy to the advanced level students.

Nigel Denning

Nigel Denning is a Counselling Psychologist and managing director of Integrative Psychology in East Melbourne, a practice in its 9th year of operation. Nigel has previously held positions on the state and national committee of the College of Counselling Psychologists in the Australian Psychological Society. He has consulted with numerous organisations: SANE Australia, Berry Street, Relationships Australia, In Good Faith Foundation, Ikon Institute, Swinburne University, Mind Medicine Australia, Xavier College, De La Salle College and the Mustang Bon Foundation are representative examples.

Nigel has worked closely for many years with Dr Daniel P. Brown and Dr David Elliott in the training and application of the Attachment Repair for Adults model. Nigel has a diverse clinical background. He has trained extensively with many leading international clinicians. He has trained extensively in relationship therapy with, for example, the Gottman’s, Sue Johnson’s EFT, Dan Wile’s collaborative couples counselling and Dan Siegel’s Interpersonal Neurobiology. Nigel has also spent many years learning from Dr Stanislav Grof in the use of non-ordinary states in psychotherapy. That has led Nigel to be a leader in the field of psychedelic medicine and holotropic breathwork. Nigel also has a deep contemplative meditation practice derived from the Tibetan Bon lineage which he also teaches. Nigel has extensive experience in family violence, Institutional abuse, and cults, and has seen the deep and devastating impact that attachment wounds have on people’s life choices.

Nigel is trained in narrative therapy, humanistic psychotherapy and positive psychology and sees that attachment treatment has a huge potential not just to ameliorate suffering but to help develop unmet potential and aid people to have better relationships with themselves, their partners, their children and community. Working with attachment repair is strongly aligned with Rogerian principles of potential and healing, narrative values of strengthening subordinate narratives and supporting the emergence of autonomy and the development of strengths identified in positive psychology.

Nigel has trained with a number of leaders in the emerging metacognitive space and is a strong advocate of the Three Pillars approach: metacognition, collaboration and treatment. Nigel is a AHPRA approved supervisor and endorsed Counselling Psychologist.

Dr Traill Dowie


Dr Traill Dowie is a psychotherapist, educator, designer of training programs and a philosopher. Traill has PhD’s in psychiatry (Monash University) and philosophy (University of Melbourne). Traill has been teaching attachment repair for several years having been introduced to Dr Daniel P. Brown and later Dr David Elliott. In his role as Associate Professor of Psychotherapy at Ikon Institute, Trail has developed a broad range of teaching programs for therapists including a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in psychotherapy and counselling. He has also had a leading role in developing training and supervision structures for psychotherapists in Australia through his involvement with PACFA and the ACA.

Traill has a deep and abiding interest in trauma and trauma recovery. He often relates his own experiences growing up in the Australian outback, near Alice Springs, as a profound impact on his understanding of life and its limitations. Traill developed his first interest in ethnomedicine whilst living in the outback. He later went on to formally study many of the worlds indigenous healing traditions. Traill views trauma as a part of existence that can be integrated and transcended with the right amount of targeted help and support. He has been passionate about training his many students in trauma informed techniques.

Traill is also a student of martial arts and has back belts in a number of disciplines. Traill has followed this passion since he was a child and ascribes much of his success in life to the discipline and the view created by his extensive training in these disciplines.

Traill has recently partnered with Nigel Denning to develop a leading training program in psychedelic medicine. Traill and Nigel have shared a passion for an Integrative approach to psychotherapy for close to 20 years and see that this is the natural evolution of the emerging practices of psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatry.

What is Integrative Psychology?


Integrative Psychology is not a new alternative model of psychology.

Rather, it is a broadly based approach to the project of developing a science of the mind “psychology” that dates back about 150 years, making it by far the most junior of the sciences. Clinicians and moreso, the public, are often confused by the competing schools of psychotherapy: CBT, psychodynamic, ACT, EFT, DBT etc.

An Integrative approach offers a top down, theoretical system of linking different psychotherapies, not by focussing on their unique differences but by asking the broader question of how do they inter-relate. As such Integrative Psychology is a highly collaborative, scientific endeavour.

The current bottom-up approach of diagnostic and treatment-specific, gold standard, evidence-based practice, shows a movement towards a maturity in approach to therapies by disciplining objective and reflective assessment of efficacy of treatment. What this bottom-up approach lacks however, is a theory that connects different schools of practice and allows for more nuanced discussions about what works and why. Integrative Psychology is more of a top-down approach in which we try to piece together all of the various successful approaches and bring them to a more congruent dialogue with each other. Each psychological model and approach teach us something about the human condition and similarly they address certain specific problems in human functioning. 

This approach is both scientific and egalitarian. It does not privilege one view over another but rather says that all have some contribution to make, some may be more important than others, but in the true spirit of scientific enquiry, all should be considered systematically. Ultimately, as psychology continues to emerge as a science, we must inevitably come to an agreement about what it is we are dealing with: the human mind. There is no consistent, robust theory on what actually defines ‘Mind”.

The theoretical and intellectual movement that emerges from such an attitude becomes the start of a meta-psychology: what are the common elements of therapies done well, what part of the mind do they work on etc.

Integrative Attachment Therapy applies a broad and systematic approach to one important area of the development of mind: attachment. It has been developed through a systematic analysis of attachment research as well as different therapeutic approaches to attachment, making it an Integrative model of therapy. We know that attachment occurs between the ages of 8 months and 24 months and is a precognitive organisation of an infant's body in relation to significant adult caregivers. Neurological systems are either switched on, or they are not. Estimates are that close to 40% of adults suffer from some form of attachment disorder meaning that there are huge implications for mental health. IAT provides a systematic methodology to identify and treat attachment disorder in adults and to distinguish attachment disorder from unresolved grief or trauma. The approach uses a 3 Pillars model: collaboration, metacognition and treatment as the fundamental ingredients of the therapy. We hope that this invokes enough curiosity for you to explore further, our model of attachment elaboration and treatment from an Integrative perspective.

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