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New Fireside Chat: Attachment Friday, May 7, 2021

Jim Harlow

Jim Harlow

Natural Lifemanship
Natural Lifemanship

About this Speaker

Jim Harlow is an adoptive dad, educated about attachment and the effects of trauma through living with his own kids who came to him out of the foster care system. Living with these kids, whose freedom to trust in close relationships had been seriously compromised because of their history of trauma, deepened his understanding that their healing needs were far beyond cognitive or behavioral. After over 30 years of running his own service business, he went back to school to get his counseling degree over 10 years ago. After graduation, Jim spent 4 years working with Karyn Purvis at the TCU Institute of Child Development that is now her namesake. In addition to his work there as a TBRI trainer, he was trained and earned certification in administering and scoring the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI). Because of the requirements of the institute’s professional TBRI training, Jim has administered and reviewed about 1000 AAI’s over the past 7 years, providing participants with insight about their own attachment styles.

His current counseling practice, which has always concentrated on clients who have come through trauma, has broadened to include equine assisted psychotherapy. He practices Natural Lifemanship (https://naturallifemanship.com) which has grown out of the latest understanding of how trauma affects the brain and how horses provide a unique opportunity for people to move through and beyond their trauma.

Most of us who work with clients and horses discern the importance of being able to hold a safe place in the therapy session whether it is between therapist and client or between client and horse. In order to do that consistently, we must be aware of our own attachment capacity and where we tend to struggle to hold that “safe space”. The “work” part of this workshop will be to explore our personal styles and to practice how to shift our style when working with the horse and with others so that we can grow towards greater security internally and relationally.

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