TNP118 Patti Elledge on the Neurobiology of Attachment, Grieving Together, and Mobilizing Outrage

100 minutes

Patti Elledge is a Trauma Healing Specialist and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner with a private practice in Asheville, NC. She's my supervisor and mentor and I'm here to tell the world: I love her and I think everyone should have more Patti in their life. I want that for you. You deserve some Patti.

In this conversation, Patti explains what Attachment is, what different Attachment styles look like in babies and how that translates in adulthood, the role of Evolutionary Biology in our Attachment systems, and how we can heal attachment wounds in a world of persistent precarity, climate change, and social turmoil.

I particularly enjoyed hearing Patti's thoughts on grief, rage, and how Attachment shows up in our spiritual lives.

Here are the resources Patti noted in this interview:

Mary Main

Mary Ainsworth

John Bowlby

Joanna Macy

Peter Levine and Somatic Experiencing

Stephen Porges and the Polyvagal System (YouTube)

Allan Schore and the Good Enough Mother

Portrait Of A Marriage: Yes, It's Mine (the article mentioned that I wrote)

Learning To See In The Dark Amid Catastrophe: An Interview With Deep Ecologist Joanna Macy

Patti specializes in somatic healing techniques via organic, instinctual ways of the body and psyche, allowing for more connection with self and other and the emergence of creativity and spirituality. Patti credits her training by Peter Levine, Diane Poole Heller and Raja Selvam.  She has assisted more than 40 trainings worldwide and now teaches Diane Poole Heller's pioneering work DARe, (Dynamic Attachment Re-Patterning Experience).

Patti has specialized in therapeutic application of neuroscience for 40 years and has a broad background in early development (interpersonal, social/emotional, language and cognition), sensory processing disorders, self- and co-regulatory processes and the neurobiology of stress and trauma.

While Patti's work is grounded in current day research on the neurobiology and physiology of the human stress mechanism, it is also infused with embodied intuition and a compassionate heart.

You can reach Patti at:

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