The following is an excerpt from a paper written by Emily R. Murphey
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota:
…successful strategies for dealing with early attachment trauma often must also address issuesof clients’ spirituality. Early attachment injuries have been shown to affect an individual’s decision to seek proximity not only to actual attachment figures, but perceived attachment figures (e.g., ―God‖) as well (Mikulincer, Shaver,& Horesh2006; Reinert 2005). The ability to attach to perceived attachment figures can be important when negative early attachment experiences occur, as an attachment to a perceived spiritual figure may serve as a compensatory attachment role (Reinart, 2005), as well as potentially providing a way for trauma survivors to form a coherent narrative of the trauma experiences (Peres et al., 2007)
A spiritual component such as mindfulness therapy can become a vehicle for making some meaning of the trauma and beginning to transcend the grief and existential crises that often accompany early attachment trauma(Shapiro, Carlson, Astin,& Freedman, 2006). In other words, survivors can remove themselves from the dramatic content of their story and instead ―view his or her moment-by-moment experience with greater clarity and objectivity‖ (Shapiro et al., 2006). This shift in perspective promulgates self regulatory skills and a reduction in the core PTSD symptom of―experiencing the past as if it were happening in the present‖ (Shapiro et al., 2006).
The use of spiritual ideas such as mindfulness and being in the present moment are vital components as well because they activate the frontal lobes of the brain and facilitate communication between the client’s ―present, adult self and the part of the client that is experiencing dysregulating conditions (Ogden, 2006). Finally, mindfulness provides a sense of mastery and allows the client to build confidence (Ogden, 2006). [READ MORE]