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Chapter Meeting: A Fresh Look at Attachment From a Somatic Lens

April 8, 2018 @ 8:45 am - 11:00 am

A Fresh Look at Attachment From a Somatic Lens
by Gal Szekely, LMFT

Educational Goals:  How do you translate attachment theory into practical tools you can use with your clients? Since attachment patterns are governed by unconscious, automatic processes in the limbic brain, the best way to identify and change the underlying patterns is through working with the body while in a mindful state.

This talk will present a fresh look on the theory that integrates both attachment and differentiation and can be used with individuals as well as couples. The talk will be experiential and participants would be able to experience firsthand exercises they can use with their clients.

Learning objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify an integrated model of attachment and differentiation and how they are linked to three insecure attachment styles.

  2. Participants will be able to recognize at least two somatic cues that can help identify attachment styles.
  1. Participants will be able to apply two experiential interventions to work with attachment issues

Presenter: Gal Szekely, LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist and a certified Hakomi teacher with a private practice in San Francisco and East bay (El Cerrito). Gal is passionate about working with individuals and couples on relationship issues and is the founder of The Couples Center, a bay area relationship counseling and education center. Gal and his wife lead Love Made Simple, a weekend retreat for couples. Gal holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from CIIS University and a master’s in Social-Organizational Psychology. Check out his upcoming workshop “Somatic tools for couples therapy”.

Meeting schedule:

  • 3:45-4:00p registration
  • 4:00-5:00p topic presentation
  • 5:10-6:00p topic presentation

CEs offered: 2 CEs for $10, general admission is free

Contact: For any questions, concerns, disability accommodations, or grievances related to programming, please contact the Programming Chair, Rose Dito, (650) 692-4118

SF CAMFT is a CAMFT approved CEU provider (#62283).  The above course meets the qualifications for two hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  If you are interested in obtaining CEUs, you may do so by paying $10 (cash or check) at the beginning of the workshop.  To qualify for CE credit, you must arrive on time, sign in at the CE table, stay until the end of the program, turn in the evaluation and pick up your certificate.

Location instructions:

To access paid garage parking take the Duboce entrance between, Castro and Scott into California Pacific Medical Center, and drive straight to enter the parking structure. There is also free street parking around the hospital area. Bicycle parking is located in the parking structure just to the left upon entering.

To find the Gazebo Room, turn right upon leaving the parking structure, walk down the hill to the Emergency room entrance, walk in the door and then down the hall to your right. Take the elevator up one floor, and walk right to the end of the hall.  The Gazebo Room is at the left at the end of the hall.

We encourage you to wear layers of clothing as the room temperature may vary.


April 8, 2018
8:45 am - 11:00 am


Rose Dito


CPMC Davies Campus, Gazebo Room