Working with Emotions at Relational Depth: Attachment theory, emotion regulation theory, trauma research and neuropsychotherapy insights

As therapists, it is our “bread-and-butter” to work with emotions every day. However, that does not mean it is easy or that it comes naturally to us. Many of us have had multiple years of our own personal therapy so that we do not get triggered by the intense emotions that show up in the therapy room.

In this workshop working with intense emotions will be explored from an Attachment-based psychotherapy lens, which places primary importance on the therapeutic relationship for healing, or co-regulating emotions that are too hard for the client to handle on their own.

Recent research from the field of the science of emotions, attachment theory, neuro-psychotherapy, trauma research and emotion regulation theory will be woven into this presentation. The topic of dealing with transference/counter transference in the therapeutic relationship will also be addressed as this is an area where we as therapists can be ‘blind sided’.

Self-care strategies and mental hygiene tips will be offered to enable therapists to not become ‘numbed out’ and suffer compassion fatigue due to prolonged exposure to client’s intense emotional responses in therapy.

SPECIAL PRICE: this seminar is usually $250 full price but since I am having it video-recorded I want to offer it at a very affordable rate. I am looking for a group of gentle gracious participants to present to. It is a last chance to see many of you before I leave these beautiful shores, and your last chance to attend an event put on by me, in person (as my events are now going to be all going online delivery), so GET IN QUICK!!


Deadline for registration closes Feb 14th, 2020.


Cancellation policy:
Full refund (minus booking fee of $25) given with 3 weeks’ notice,
50% refund given with 2 weeks’ notice.
No refund with less than one-week notice (but ticket is transferable to another attendee)

Certificate of Attendance will be supplied on completion for PD hours.
Morning and Afternoon teas provided. Please email Ruth if you have any dietary requirements. Bring your own lunch or source food at local cafes on Lincoln road.

Free parking on Laidlaw college campus access 80 Central Park Drive

Hourly Schedule

New Day


18 Feb 2020


9:30-4:30 Registration starts at 9:00
All Day




Laidlaw College Auckland


Ruth Lawson-McConnell
Ruth Lawson-McConnell

1 Comment.

  • Ruth McConnell
    23/12/2019 19:03

    This event is going to be filmed so I am offering a reduced fee – normally this would be $250 but due to the inconvenience of a filming set up I will offer a reduction… plus it is the last time to have the privilege of a live event… so get in quick at a good price!!

    Morning and Afternoon teas provided. Please email Ruth therapy at if you have any dietary requirements.

    Free parking on Laidlaw college campus access 80 Central Park Drive