What Is ReAttach?
ReAttach is a therapeutic intervention that has been conceived, developed and pioneered by Drs Paula Weerkamp over the past 10 years. Dissatisfied with available treatments for people struggling with autism, Drs Weerkamp pioneered a tailor-made method that helps people overcome the developmental arrest in autism, a method which equally applies to the whole array of transdiagnostic symptom-networks across neuropsychiatric presentations, and can therefore be adjusted to treat most emotional, psychological, developmental, behavioural of even physical difficulties in some cases.
How Does ReAttach Work?
ReAttach Therapy basically consists of three main therapeutic components, which can be adjusted to a multitude of transdiagnostic clinical presentations. In brief these are:
- Joint Attention: Creating optimal learning conditions
- Proactive Arousal and Oxytocin regulation via sequenced tactile stimulation of the PNS and CNS
- 3 distinct modes of Cognitive Bias Modification: optimising attachment and mentalisation capacity, processing and differentiating problematic schemata and concepts, and learning new skills
What Does The Evidence Say?
Since the initial development of ReAttach, Drs Weerkamp has collected data at pre- and post-treatment stage, on a standardised 35-item self -report Likert scale which was specifically developed for this purpose. The scale measures both the prevalence of specific mal-adaptive schemata and concepts as well as the general prevalence of common psychiatric symptoms. Having analysed data in excess of a thousand outcome measures, ReAttach therapy has produced evidence that it helps with presentations of autism, ADHD, neurorehabilitation, personality problems, anxiety, depression, behavioural challenges, obsessive compulsions, corporate stress, to name but a few.
Can I train in ReAttach?
Yes! ReAttach training is available in a variety of countries globally and is modular. There is a basic skills training, a specialist autism training, further, specific training protocols for the specific presentations above are currently being developed. Trainings are arranged on a request-basis and can take place within organisations. Please contact the foundation directly on firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain details of available trainers, locations and modules.