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Applying an IFS Therapy Lens to Attachment Strategies; Connecting Clients to Themselves and Others

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Loranie Leas, DPsych, MAPS
1 Hour
Nov 29, 2023
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This one-hour presentation offers a way to embrace two complimentary frameworks: the science of early attachment relationships and the practice of healing within Internal Family Systems Therapy.  Participants will be invited to explore ideas about how our early relationships shape the way the mind and brain develop and how we learn to adapt and survive from our young years into adult lives.  These attachment strategies when viewed through the IFS lens can offer immense insight into how we connect to ourselves and to others.   According to the IFS framework, ‘the parts of us’ develop their strategies as required for survival at the time of injury.  Memories, whether “Large-T traumas” like war or “small-t traumas” like childhood neglect, along with the beliefs, emotions, images, and sensations that are connected to these painful experiences are encapsulated and carried as burdens by our parts. These burdens can persist throughout our lives, shaping how we think, feel and behave, ultimately, enlisting our parts to protect, prevent and soothe at all cost.  The integration of these two profound frameworks is a natural coming together: attachment informs the science-based ideas of relationships, IFS therapy beautifully guides us inwards to connect to all our parts, enhancing more secure relationships inside and outside.  

This product is not endorsed by, sponsored by, or affiliated with the IFS Institute and does not qualify for IFS Institute credits or certification. 



This online program is worth 1.0 hours CPD.



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Loranie Leas, DPsych, MAPS, is a clinical/health psychologist and psychology board approved supervisor with extensive experience in working with a diverse range of adults and group therapy programs. With over 17 years of practice, Loranie has enjoyed working across community mental health, corrective services, inpatient and outpatient hospital settings and private practice. Her areas of special interest include complex trauma, perinatal mental health, parenting/families, life transition and adjustment issues, chronic illnesses/pain management and loss and grief issues.

Loranie is trained in a number of evidence-based interventions including CBT, EMDR, EFT for couples, and schema therapy. She is also a certified Level 2 IFS therapist and approved IFS consultant. Loranie strives to create a safe and collaborative therapeutic space for her clients. She is particularly passionate about the impact of early significant relationships on child development and adult development. She is a certified administrator and coder for the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI). She is a strong advocate of matching the right therapeutic approach with the needs of her clients and providing a holistic model of care to help clients achieve their goals.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Loranie Leas has employment relationships with St John of God Healthcare and Hills Integrative Health. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Loranie Leas a member of the Australian Psychological Society, the Australia EMDR Association, and the Australia Internal Family Systems Association.



  1. Summarise the development of attachment patterns. 
  2. Recognise how therapist's attachment strategies can inform the therapeutic relationship. 
  3. Make sense of how attachment patterns can inform IFS therapy.  


  • What are attachment patterns? 
  • The cycle of attachment transmission 
  • Integrating attachment patterns and IFS in practice 

Target Audience

  • Counselors 
  • Social Workers 
  • Psychologists 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Addiction Counselors 
  • Physicians 
  • Physician Assistants 
  • Nurses 
  • Nurse Practitioners  
  • Other Mental Health Professionals 



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