Trauma, Attachment & Yoga Training with Deirdre Fay, LICSW

Trauma, Attachment & Yoga Training with Deirdre Fay, LICSW

6 Days Training 

Part 1: 31st January – 2nd February 2019 – Kingsley Hotel, Cork

Part 2: 28th – 30th March 2019 – The Bessborough Centre, Blackrock, Cork City, T12 CRAO

This experiential training is an opportunity to explore ways to heal trauma and developmental wounding.

We do this by creating and embodying felt experiences of secure attachment that encourage natural expression. By exploring practices to positively heal trauma and embody secure attachment in a safe and nourishing environment new “facilitated pathways” are formed (as the neuroscientists say), making it easier to use when you really need them.

Not only is the training practical and skills-based but uses current research in attachment and trauma woven together with yogic psychology to give you a felt sense of secure attachment. Taking theoretical concepts we will open the door to an embodied experience through experiential learning.

Most importantly we’ll use our time together to experience how to repair attachment ruptures with ourselves and with other people by investigating and re-organizing the Internal Working Models (Bowlby) that are implicitly propelling our lives. We’re not content to know the patterns — it’s vital, for a satisfying life to shift those patterns so you can live the life you want to live.

Deirdre Fay LICSW Publications

Here’s how we’ll do this

Experiential Learning

The body is our physical home. Learning to listen to the body gives access to native intelligence and guides the way home.


One of the fundamental conditions for secure attachment comes from feeling safe to explore. This training provides that safe ground.


Replenishing opens native and creative avenues for wisdom and healing to spontaneously emerge

We are NOT stuck

Learn the critical strategies to shift old familiar patterns that no longer nourish or support healing


Uses the important research from trauma, attachment and yogic psychology as a foundation for experiential learning

Practical, Concrete Skills

Learn simple, easy to apply skills to use in everyday life to support the healing of trauma and to repair attachment wounds

What’s included in this training (once you sign-up )

  • A signed copy of Deirdre’s new book

    Attachment -Based Yoga & Meditation for Trauma Recovery

  • Foundations of Safely Embodied online skills course

    Great preparation for the six-day training

  • 3 Months Free Membership To The Safely Embodied Learning Community

    This also includes three months of coaching calls with Deirdre

  • Training Manual

    A comprehensive Training manual for the Trauma, Attachment & Yoga Training

  • Save On Your Next PCPSI Seminar

    30% off the next seminar you book with PCPSI

  • Early Booking Bonus

    If you are one of the first 15 to book – you receive The Safely Embodied Skills Manual

Topics We’ll Cover

  • Knowing how your attachment style gets kicked up and how to shift it
  • The importance of self-compassion
  • Why mindfulness and concentration are the two foundational skills for healing trauma
  • What intersubjectivity is and how come it’s so important
  • Body/energy based systems that inform and open wisdom
  • Self/Other Distinction : how to live in your own skin while being connected
  • Time Boundaries & Reality/Irreality: the present moment and how we get dislodged and dislocated in time and space
  • Re-enactments as a way of putting the jigsaw pieces together
  • Belongingness and affiliation and how that creates a healing environment
  • Understanding the nature of longing and how to use that as guidance
  • Transforming neediness and vulnerabilities into direction giving you a moment to moment roadway of where to go
  • Language of attachment


The Structure is Designed to Allow Your Own Wisdom to Arise

As a group, we will meet over the six days to learn the theories and to put the theories into felt practice.

The theory is important — but even more important is knowing yourself, learning how life has generated wisdom that you can trust. Gaining that embodied basis allows you to be in the world in a more nourishing and satisfying way.

In yoga and meditation practices there is formal practice and the time between formal practice. Our training will give us formal time to explore as well as the time in between when life’s doorways will open. Both are inviting you to return to your true nature and to your heart.

Model and Protocol

You’ll learn models from attachment theory and yogic psychology that will inform your work with clients, helping to direct you and guide you. Embedded in those models is a versatile protocol that can help you in your healing your own attachment wounds (something we do the rest of our lives) as well as help you in your sessions with clients.

Being known, understood, and seen as “unique in all the world”

As Peter Fonagy of the Tavistock Clinic tells us, “Being understood is a biological necessity.”

Our time together will be about understanding the unique way each person is organized as well as exploring ways to stretch outside what’s been familiar. This allows us to remap a new, more satisfying way to be in our bodies and in our life.

Yogic psychology helps us do this by tapping us into the wellspring of prana, the life force which pushes, prods, and urges us to return to our heart and remember our true nature.

The materials presented and the effortless exercises are designed to give participants an embodied experience of self-awakening while being known by others who are curious and interested in your unique presence in the world. That is the environment in which we will create together.

What past attendees are saying

Deirdre Fay’s Trauma Attachment Yoga training provides a rich panoply of skills that help treatment providers focus on trauma sequelae that reside in the body, mind, heart, soul. This training program and treatment approach are invaluable to anyone treating complex or developmental PTSD. It’s one of the finest training programs I’ve ever attended

Ray Howard, LICSW Keene, NH

Being in the training was like going to a spa once a month. At the same time, we were also learning new and effective ways to work with our clients that have attachment trauma

Caitlin Williams, LMHC, Arlington, MA

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This work is profoundly subtle and powerful. The training deepened my knowledge of attachment repair to a more heartfelt level. Learning how to change attachment patterns from a “felt” experience has been both personally and professionally beneficial. Deirdre’s masterful guidance enables a safe holding environment for learning and for personal growth. The material marinates and the shift toward our natural state of being unfolds as the old embedded attachment pattern changes. Remarkable depth work.


I went from not being able to imagine what safety in a relationship looked like or felt like — or let alone be able to imagine feeling loved or cared about — to finding myself in a nourishing relationship. Sure it took work…. actually took a lot of work but I’m so glad I did it. This is something I always wanted and now I have it. Now, when I hear people say, ‘I can’t imagine what that would be like” I tell them over and over, ‘Yes, you can! It’s possible.” I guess one of the main things I got was hope that I can change from the inside out.



Bio: Deirdre Fay, LICSW

Deirdre Fay, LICSW has decades of experience exploring the intersection of trauma, attachment, yoga and meditation. Having meditated since the 70’s and lived in a yoga ashram for six years in the 80’s and 90s Deirdre brings a unique perspective to being in the body. In the 90’s Deirdre was asked to teach yoga and meditation to those on the dissociative unit at McLean Hospital. Having amassed skill sets in trauma treatment (as a supervisor under the guidance of Bessel van der Kolk at the Trauma Center), attachment theory (13 years of training with Daniel Brown), body therapy (as a trainer in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy) Deirdre now teaches an integrative approach which Chris Germer calls “a radically positive approach to healing trauma.” Deirdre founded the Becoming Safely Embodied skills groups and is the author of Attachment-Based Yoga & Meditation for Trauma Recovery (W.W. Norton, 2017), Becoming Safely Embodied Skills Manual (2007), and co-author of Attachment Disturbances for Adults (W.W. Norton, 2016) as well as the co-author of chapters in Neurobiological Treatments of Traumatic Dissociation.