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Treating Rejection Sensitive Clients: An Attachment-Based Approach to Turn Rejection into Connection for Clients with Relationship Issues

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Leslie Becker-Phelps, PhD
6 Hours 26 Minutes
Feb 08, 2021
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Nobody likes rejection.

But for some it leaves them feeling so essentially flawed, self-critical and self-loathing that they can’t bounce back. They become so sensitive to the perception of rejection (regardless of reality) that it becomes a core issue in their relationship difficulties, with others and themselves.

In therapy, these clients are often guarded or hostile as they try to avoid rejection and failure at any cost. Without working specifically on their rejection sensitivity, treatment for these clients can come to a grinding halt as they wall you out, shut down or lose themselves in an angry spiral.

Leslie Becker-Phelps, PhD is a psychologist, speaker and an internationally published author. Her book Bouncing Back from Rejection: Build the Resilience You Need to Get Back Up When Life Knocks You Down (New Harbinger; 2019) has been praised by some of the most trusted names in psychotherapy including Steven Hays, Kristen Neff, and Ron Siegel.

Watch her as she teaches you an attachment-based compassion therapy approach that is highly effective with rejection sensitive clients so you can lower their defences, build their emotional regulation skills, and engage them more fully in therapy.

In just one day you’ll discover:

  • How attachment styles relate to rejection-sensitivity
  • Interventions that will build your clients' ability to tolerate, accept, and manage emotions
  • Cutting-edge approaches to developing your clients’ self-awareness
  • Compassion-centred therapeutic techniques to decrease rejection-sensitivity and build resilience

Don’t miss this chance to find greater therapeutic success with clients who struggle to get back up when life knocks them down.

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This online program is worth 6.5 hours CPD.



  1. Evaluate the treatment implications of rejection sensitivity in clients.
  2. Investigate how clinicians can help clients develop greater attachment security to reduce sensitivity to rejection and improve client functioning.
  3. Assess how compassionate self-awareness can be taught in a clinical setting to help clients reduce self-criticism and rejection-sensitivity.
  4. Analyze theories and research behind attachment-based approaches and connect the potential risks in their application to clinical practice.
  5. Determine how a clinician’s self-assessment of attachment style can be used to facilitate treatment.
  6. Assess how teaching clients the five fundamental domains of awareness can help them identify, reflect on, and manage their rejection sensitivity.


How Attachment Styles Relate to Rejection-Sensitivity

  • Insecure attachment and vulnerability to rejection
  • Elements and functions of the attachment system
  • Relationship between insecure attachment and psychopathology
  • Limitations of theory and research; potential risks in their application

Build Self-Awareness with Mindfulness and Compassion- Centred Therapies

  • Five domains of self-awareness
  • Improve compassionate self-awareness with mindfulness
  • Self-compassion & secure attachment
  • Compassion-centred therapies

Decrease Rejection-Sensitivity with an Attachment-Based Compassion Therapy (ABCT) Approach

  • Improve 4 essential modes of functioning
  • Assess your attachment style and use this self-awareness to facilitate treatment
  • Utilize the therapeutic relationship as a tool to build security

Strengthen Your Clients Emotional Regulation Skills

  • Develop awareness of sensations
  • Identify and reflect on rejection-sensitive thoughts
  • Acknowledge, tolerate, accept, and manage emotions
  • Increase awareness of how actions reinforce rejection-sensitivity
  • Strengthen mentalizing ability

Develop Your Client’s Resilience to Rejection with Self-Compassion

  • Define self-compassion
  • Counter rejection sensitivity by nurturing self-compassion
  • Use compassionate self-awareness

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • Pastoral Counselors


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