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Neurobiology: Secure Attachment and the Healing Power of Dyadic, Relational Psychotherapy

When: 05/19/2018
9:00 - 1:00 PM
Where: LACPA Conference Room
6345 Balboa Blvd., Bldg 2, Suite 126
Encino, California  91316
United States
Contact: LACPA Office

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Neurobiology: Secure Attachment and the Healing Power of Dyadic, Relational Psychotherapy


Date/Time:    Saturday, May 19, 2018 – 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Presenter:    Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, Ph.D.

Location:      LACPA Conference Room - Encino

CE Credits:   4.0


 Program fee includes continental breakfast and parking:

LACPA Members $100              LACPA Student Members $100

Non-Members $120                   Student Non-Member $65*

*Student Non-Member click here to register.


Pre-registration ends Wednesday, May 16th at 9:00 PM

On-site registration will be available at an additional $20.00 if space permits.


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Neurobiology: Secure Attachment and the Healing Power of Dyadic, Relational Psychotherapy


Psychotherapy to address affect regulation is informed by affective neuroscience. The study of how emotions actually grow the brain and nervous system demonstrate that most of our psychological, intellectual, and even physical growth depend on attachment patterns we (or more correctly, our brains and bodies) learned during infancy. This also demonstrates how early developmental or relational trauma hurts not just our feelings but our cognitive and behavioral capacities as well, making us susceptible later to various forms of psychopathology. With hobbled capacities for self-regulation, self-reflection, self-differentiation, somatic awareness, and insight into self or others, individuals have a reduced capacity to tolerate distress and act out in a multitude of ways. Beginning with the principles developed by Dr. John Bowlby, this course makes clear and usable Dr. Allan Schore’s seminal work, creating a modern attachment theory highly applicable to clinical practice. The healing power of dyadic, relational psychotherapy manifests between therapist and client. These co-regulatory processes occurring between therapist and client build capacity for human relatedness and increases tolerance to the vulnerability of facing pain. Attention to somatic transference and countertransference and the importance of an integrated approach that attends to early relational and developmental trauma will be highlighted.



Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, Ph.D., is the Founder and Clinical Director of the Center for Healthy Sex in West Los Angeles. She is the author of Sex Addiction as Affect Dysregulation: A Neurobiologically Informed Holistic Treatment, with a foreword by Dr. Allan Schore. She is a sought-after speaker for her expertise in neuropsychologically informed therapeutic treatment. She has presented at the UCLA Annual Attachment Conference, University of Southern California, Mt. Sinai Medical School, Couples Conference in Manhattan Beach, Esalen Institute, International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Specialists, CAMFT, LACPA and others. Ms. Katehakis also teaches workshops in retreat settings and has been a guest on national radio. She is the 2012 recipient of the Carnes Award, the 2013 co-recipient of the Clark Vincent Award for her role in writing sections of the clinical textbook Making Advances, the 2015 Book Award from AASECT, and the 2016 Clark Vincent Award for Mirror of Intimacy.



This course is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA.)  LACPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LACPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content.


This course may be taken to satisfy California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) continuing education requirements.


It is important to note that APA continuing education rules require that LACPA only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop.  An evaluation of the workshop must be completed. Those who arrive more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or leave before the workshop is complete will not receive CE credit. Partial credit may not be given.


 Program and location are subject to change.

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