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The role of bonding psychotherapy (BPT) in helping patients with chronic pain

Adelina Kraja

In previous studies, aerobic exercise has been shown to be effective, for short-term reduction of pain. Often, the unpleasant emotions that the person improperly expresses, accumulate in the body and then burst out in form of pressures, pains or various anomalies. One of the modalities that allows expressing feelings and helps strengthen positive attitudes, through respectful and non-sexual physical contact and emotional proximity, is bonding psychotherapy (BPT).

In the study, we examined the role of BPT in helping patients with chronic pain, using questionnaires CORE-OM (Clinical Outcomes and Routine Evaluation – outcome measure), the SWLS (Satisfaction with Life Scale) and VAS (Visual analog scale).  In the study, we tested, whether the 3-month program (three workshops) will show a significant improvement in life satisfaction, and a decrease in pain in patients, and we also checked the clinical outcomes of treatment.

We found out, that the level of pain, after three BPT workshops, in patients in the experimental group, decreased. In comparison with persons in the control group (those who did not visit BPT), patients in experimental group are more satisfied with their lives, after three months, and their level of distress decreased. The results we have obtained give an overview of the effects of BPT and confirm positive changes in the pain in patients with chronic pain syndrome. Given the results, it would be sensible for the public to be informed about the positive effects of therapy and to encourage patients with chronic pain to participate in therapy.

EFFECT OF BONDING PSYCHOTHERAPY ON STRESS AND INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIP

ERCE MATEJA RESEARCH

– Association of Bonding Psychotherapists of Slovenia (ZBPS)
– Responsible person of the institution: Bogdan Polajner, PhD
– Coordinator of the research: Mateja Erce, dipl. Biopsychologist, specialist of BP

Abstract: Stress is a current social and health problem because it affects humans adversely on a wide range of problems, disorders, and illnesses, as well as affects interpersonal relationships. Therefore, we wondered in the master’s thesis whether, by administering BPT, we would successfully and statistically significantly reduce cortisol levels as an indicator of stress.

By the means of saliva withdrawal, using questionnaires (CORE-OM questionnaire, PSS-14 – The Perceived Stress Scale, Relational Needs Scale, Self-Compassion Scale, Relationship Questionnaire and WHO-5) we wanted to determine if there are changes in interpersonal relationships, attachment, and compassion for ourselves in 16 BPT workshop users and 12 control group participants.
We also wanted to determine whether there is a difference in the morning cortisol levels of persons who have been abused or neglected as children, which we were unable to verify due to the lack of such participants.
The results showed that our hypotheses could not be confirmed, as there are no significant differences in the studied variables between the experimental and control group. The reason is probably the small sample size and missing data. Due to the lack of data, we were not able to verify the effect of BPT on cortisol levels, but in morning cortisol levels we found improvement trends.
There were also improvement trends when it comes to changes in secure attachment style and self-compassion, decreasing in the expressiveness of symptoms and decreasing in well-being. Reliable conclusions, therefore, require continued studies on a larger sample and longer application periods of Bonding Psychotherapy workshops.

21th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BONDING PSYCHOTHERAPY 2018


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May 25/2018 – May 27/2018Hotel 3K Barcelona, R. Laura Alves 10 
Lisbon, 1050-138 Portugal 

Hotel 3K Barcelona

Bonding Psychotherapy: 50 years of history and a look to the future

Bonding therapy was founded by Daniel Casriel and has been practiced since 1968, the date of the book “A Scream away from Happiness”.

Behind us, we now have 50 years of permanent practice, in 10 countries around the world.

At this turning point of our history, we need to deepen the scientific basis of bonding therapy and find new ways of organization and action to spread this magnificent practice to different parts of the world.


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ESBP CONFERENCE 2016 “The New Relation” – Kelbra, Germany


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October 21/2016 – October 23/2016Barbarossa-Klinik, Kelbra – Germany, Lange Str. 111 
Kelbra, 06537 Germany

Barbarossa-Clinic, Kelbra

The European Bonding Society as pleased to invite you to the 2016 European Conference „The New Relation“. It is hosted by the beautiful Barbarossa-Klinik in Kelbra, Germany, a historically rich region with great nature. Frank Uhlmann, Director of the hospital, supplies Bonding-therapy for the treatment of addictions.


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Lodging

The main conference hotel is „Hotel Kaiserhof“ located in the center of Kelbra, 10 minutes walk from the venue. 

ESBP CONFERENCE 2014 – Belas, Portugal


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Oktober 3/2014 – Oktober 5/2014Quinta do Senhor da Serra, Belas – Portugal, Praça 5 de Outubro 
Belas, 2605 Portugal 

“Emotional Psychotherapy – Bonding, Attachment and the Body in Psychotherapy.”

The European Society for Bonding Psychotherapy invites you for the next European Bonding Conference on 3-5 October 2014 in Belas (near Lisbon) Portugal.


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Venue

Quinta (Farm of) Senhor da Serra: www.quinta-senhor-serra.com/Blogue

Chairman of the Conference: Domingos Neto, dnetoster@gmail.com

Homepage: www.clinicaprincipio.pt

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ISBP CONFERENCE 2013 “Attachment, the essence of relationship.” – Brugge, Belgium


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Juni 7/2013 – Juni 9/2013Grootseminarie Brugge, Potterierei 72
Brugge, 8000 Belgium

A central theme of BP is that humans have a biologically based need for emotional and physical closeness to others. The ability to fulfill this need is an important component in developing a secure attachment in relationships. The conference will deal with the themes of bonding needs, attachment and interpersonal relationships.


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Venue: “GROOT SEMINARIE“
Pottereierei 72, 8000 Brugge (Belgium)
www.grootseminariebrugge.be

Scientific Committee
Jeff Gordon (Germany)
Dr.Martien Kooyman (the Netherlands)
Johan Maertens (Belgium)
Bogdan Polajner (Slovenia)Chairman of the Conference:
Johan Maertens
johan@jmaertens.be Organization:
Moniek Van Deile
moniek@bondingpsychotherapy.org

Presentations, PDFs and Videos

The Added Value of Attachment Theory for Clinical Work with Families

Dr. Phil. Karin Grossmann (Germany) The anthropologist Sarah B. Hrdy provides ample evidence from mammalian and human studies that “Maintaining maternal commitment was once as important for an infant’s survival ...
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Time and Relationship in Bonding-Psychotherapy

Dr. Godehard Stadtmüller (Germany) The timeframe is crucial in every existential change – in changing relationships between subjects as well as in intrasubjective change. In this presentation we will ...
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The impact of Integrative Breathwork Psychotherapy on the Psychosomatic Status of Breast Cancer Patients

Alicja Heyda MA (Poland) Authors: Alicja Heyda, Marek K Jurkowski, Andrzej Czuba, Magdalena Głowala-Kosińska, Krzysztof Składowski
Maria Sklodowska – Curie Memorial Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology Gliwice Branch, PolandA growing body of evidence shows that early life ...
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A scream away from happiness!? When hope and risks are close together. Bonding Psychotherapy with traumatizedclients.

Daniela Feuerhak – Ute Schreckenberg (Germany) In practice, we are encountering increasing numbers of patients who suffer from the implications of traumatizing conditions, and traumatizing bonds ...
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The learning process, the attachment and the body in movement.

Ariela Fischer – Alejandro González (Argentina) The therapeutic process involves learning; this learning process takes place in a relationship in which the corporality and the ...
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Actualization of delict prevention, a confronting treatment of sexual offenders.

Ameon Struyk (The Netherlands) Yesterday’s victims are tomorrow’s perpetrators. A doomed statement, which often turns out to be true. In these cases there’s often unresolved ...
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Treatment Concept of a Psychosomatic Clinic (108 patients) in Bavaria where whole families are treatet in a clinical setting.

Dr. Reinhart Mumm (Germany) Elements of the concept are Therapeutic community, Bonding Psychotherapy, Systemic Family Therapy and Parent-Child-Binding-Therapy.Special attention is given to the interaction of ...
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Experiential workshop on moving and emotions.

Ramon Vega (Argentina) Contact and body movement with music produces a real and nurturing connection with others, giving the opportunity to feel safe in the ...
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Autism and attachment

Dr. Bram Sizoo (The Netherlands) Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are developmental conditions that are diagnosed in childhood with presenting problems in areas of social communication and social ...
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Sexual abuse and bonding psychotherapy

Dr. Martien Kooyman (The Netherlands) An overview will be given of the signs and symptoms of sexual abuse in children and the psychological consequences in ...
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Workshop on the Theory of Bonding Psychotherapy

Dr. Martien Kooyman, Rob Olij, Rob Storm and Caroline de Vaynes van Brakel Buys (The Netherlands) This intensive and effective form of group psychotherapy was ...
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Results of actual oxytocin research in relation to attachment and possible connections with bonding

Alexander Müller (Germany) The neuropeptides Oxytocin, which among many other psychological constructs like social behaviour, maternal care, trust, social memory, face recognition, stress reactivity in ...
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Start up Bonding-Psychotherapy!

Tobias Wenge (Germany) First experiences about how to establish Bonding-Psychotherapy in the “Barbarossa-Clinic for Addicts” in Kelbra/Germany with accompanying clinical research. First results of our ...
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“Group members and therapists as a correcting healing experience of pathological symbiosis”

Aspects of Yalom’s group therapy theory in relation to the powerful effects of bonding. Martin Johais (Germany) First a general illustration of the therapy aim ...
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Voice Liberation

Doris Saslavsky (Argentina) I start teaching some techniques which enable us to feel how we use our mouth, tongue and throat to produce sound, to ...
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Fifteen Years of Bonding Psychotherapy in Argentina

Silvia García – Ramon Vega (Argentina) We intend to share our experience of how we constructed the NIP group identity in Argentina.  In Brasil and ...
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Evolution of Bonding Psychotherapy

Dr. Konni Stauss (Germany) I will present a short summary of the evolution of Bonding Psychotherapy from the beginning to 2013 and give some personally ...
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The Added Value of Attachment Theory for Clinical Work with Families

Dr. Phil. Karin Grossmann (Germany)

The anthropologist Sarah B. Hrdy provides ample evidence from mammalian and human studies that “Maintaining maternal commitment was once as important for an infant’s survival as oxygen – an often still is”(Hrdy, 1999, p. 379). The infant has no choice but to develop an attachment to the person who cares for him most of the time. The infant is born with the “expectation” that a stronger and wiser, caring person ensure his survival and socialization. Separation and loss of the attachment figure gives rise to fear and anger from the earliest months on. Still today, institutionalized children unprotected by their parents are at risk of being abused in various ways.

However, children cannot choose their mother, father, or caregiver, who have developed their own personality, mental health and experienced their own attachment relationships. As weak und unwise children, they need to and are motivated to preserve their attachment relationships.They will adapt to their primary caregiver’s personality, her wishes, desires, projections, etc. in order to ensure a continuing source of protection and care, however distorted that care may be.“The child will keep this goal in mind even at the expense of her own development, her cognition, her own feelings and her (better) knowledge.” (Slade, 2004, p. 271). Clinical studies demonstrated the struggle of children to adapt to distorted caregiving such as hostile, neglecting or sexually abusive parenting. This is one aspect of the added value of attachment theory and research for clinical work.

Another aspect of the added value are the research findings, how secure, avoidant, enmeshed, or disorganized patterns of attachment influence the quality of relationships. They influence social perception, the willingness to accept help, the effectiveness of help, and the clarity and truthfulness of communication. Such knowledge opens a window to the client’s expectations and predictions regarding the therapeutic relationship. Attachment research has provided methods of assessing children’s patterns of attachment and adults’ (parent’s) state of mind with respect to attachment including successful or unsuccessful resolution of early or later relationship trauma. Their essence has b een applied successfully in clinical work.


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University of Regensburg, Germany (retired) Abitur in Hamburg, Germany.
University of Arkansas, USA: Mathematics and English (Bachelor of Arts, 1965),
University of Münster, Germany: Psychology, Dipl. Psych. 1977,
University of Regensburg: Ph.D. 1984.

Status: Independent Senior Researcher associated at the Department of Psychology, University of Regensburg.

Research on longitudinal and cross-cultural development of attachment together with Klaus E. Grossmann. Publications on Applications of Attachment Theory to Family Matters. Teaching assignments at the Dept. of Psychology, University of Salzburg 1991-2002, Austria, and University of California at San Diego, 2004, USA.

Major publication in German: Karin und Klaus E. Grossmann, Bindungen – das Gefüge psychischer Sicherheit. Stuttgart-Klett Cotta, 2012.

Many publication with co-authors in English, i.e. a chapter for the 2nd Ed. of the Handbook of Attachment (2008). K.E Grossmann, K. Grossmann, and E. Waters (2005), Attachment from Infancy to Adulthood: The major longitudinal studies. Guilford Press.

Together with Klaus E. Grossmann, Bowlby/Ainsworth Award of The New York Attachment Consortium (Sept. 19th, 2006), and the Arnold-Lucius-Gesell Prize by the Theodor-Hellbrügge Stiftung, 2007

Married to Klaus E. Grossmann, 2 children, 3 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren.


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Time and Relationship in Bonding-Psychotherapy

Dr. Godehard Stadtmüller (Germany)

The timeframe is crucial in every existential change – in changing relationships between subjects as well as in intrasubjective change. In this presentation we will consider the following points:

  • Specific situations in time as momentum for development.
  • Do we reach a level in therapy that we may aptly call the eternal present?
  • The present considered under its neurobiological aspects.
  • How to create (I.e. help the client to create) the moment of kairos? And how this moment may be used.
  • The impact of intensity and duration of full body expression.


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Dr. Godehard Stadtmüller

Dr. Godehard Stadtmüller is a medical doctor with specialties in psychiatry, psychotherapy, neurology and psychosomatic medicine. He is a supervisor and docent of the German Society for Depth Psychology based Psychotherapy.

He is also a docent in the following institutes: the Centre of Integrative Psychotherapy (CIP), Munich; the South German Academy of Psychotherapy (SAP); and the Centre of Systemic Teaching, Research and Therapy (SySt), Munich. Dr Stadtmüller is a hypnotherapist and a Teaching Fellow of the International Society for Bonding Psychotherapy.

He can be contacted at: Hauptstr. 9, 87538 Fischen, Germany; dr.g.stadtmueller@gmx.de.


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The impact of Integrative Breathwork Psychotherapy on the Psychosomatic Status of Breast Cancer Patients

Alicja Heyda MA (Poland)

Authors: Alicja Heyda, Marek K Jurkowski, Andrzej Czuba, Magdalena Głowala-Kosińska, Krzysztof Składowski
Maria Sklodowska – Curie Memorial Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology Gliwice Branch, Poland

A growing body of evidence shows that early life stress and breaking the mother-newborn bond (early maternal neonatal separation) cause damage to the natural breathing pattern, the immune response and to the general reaction to stress. Research on immune effects of emotional expression (Pennebaker), psychosomatic network (Pert et al.), mindfulness, pranayamas and neurobiology research on periaqueductal gray with associated neuro philosophy (Damasio, Watt) suggest beneficial impact of rhythmic conscious breathing on endocrine, immune and nervous system, counteracting early life stress.

The goal of this study was to create a new form of body psychotherapy for cancer patients – Integrative Breathwork Psychotherapy (IBP) and compare its psycho-physiological, immune and endocrine outcomes to the results of a matched control group.


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Alicja Heyda, MA, is a psychotherapist, psychologist, psycho-oncologist, breathworkpractitioner and researcher has been working in the Cancer Center Marie Sklodowska – Curie Memorial Institute, Gliwice, Poland, since 2000. The main areas in her psychotherapy practice are: bodywork and integrative psychotherapy, supporting recovery and adaptation in chronic and auto-aggresive illnesses. The main areas of research are: psycho-oncology and psycho-neuro-immunology.

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A scream away from happiness!? When hope and risks are close together. Bonding Psychotherapy with traumatizedclients.

Daniela Feuerhak – Ute Schreckenberg (Germany)

In practice, we are encountering increasing numbers of patients who suffer from the implications of traumatizing conditions, and traumatizing bonds in particular, from childhood.  Individuals who have experienced physiological trauma are often thin-skinned and they become easily overwrought.  They exhibit survival strategies and protections against de-compensation, namely falling into dissociative states, avoiding emotional and/or physical contact, and separating themselves from their feelings.  This mental state, which typifies traumatized patients, is not a positive precondition for body-centered treatments, such as Bonding Psychotherapy.  Nonetheless, Bonding Psychotherapy tends to attract this clientele, who seek and long for healing.  How can we modify our approach to treatment in order to work most effectively with these clients?  We will be presenting and demonstrating several aspects our efforts to bridge the supportive effects of trauma therapy and Bonding psychotherapy in our clinical work.


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Ute Schreckenberg

Born in 1956, Social worker, (Dipl. Sozialpädagogin), educated and trained in body-centered psychotherapy (HpG), Bonding-Psychotherapy (DGBP), trauma therapy, she is working as special counsellor and trauma therapist with sexually traumatized women and girls in a counselling centre, member of the staff in the Dan-Casriel-Institute since 2002, inher own psychotherapeutic practice (HpG)  and in Bonding-Psychotherapy-Workshops in Cologne, Germany

Daniela Feuerhak

Born in 1961, Dipl.paed., trainings in Gestalt Therapy (HpG), Bonding-Psychotherapy, Trauma Therapy. Daniela is a Former member of the staff in Hochgrat– Clinic Wolfsried, member of staff in the Dan-Casriel-Institute since 1998.  She is a Joint founder of “past-clinik”-therapeutic after-care, non-employed therapist. Key activities attachment behaviour, resource work with traumatized patients and inner child work.


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