Healing the Fractured Mind: A Revolutionary Method for Treating Addiction and Other Disorders

Author(s) : Felicity De Zulueta, Author(s) : Leonor de Escoriaza, Author(s) : Jayshree Unadkat, Author(s) : Monique Notice

Healing the Fractured Mind: A Revolutionary Method for Treating Addiction and Other Disorders

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : September 2024
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 320
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  • Catalogue No : 97598
  • ISBN 13 : 9781913494711
  • ISBN 10 : 1913494713

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Healing the Fractured Mind: A Revolutionary Method for Treating Addiction and Other Disorders offers the reader a journey into the human mind in search of an answer to the human paradox: how can we be both so loving and also so destructive, to ourselves and to others? The answer: there is no such thing as a human mind; there are in fact many different human mindsets. The way people feel and behave depends so much on how safe they felt in the hands of their parental figures and on the social context in which they are brought up in and live.

The human infant’s utter dependency on the mother in early development means that, should she become unavailable or threatening, the infant can neither fight nor flee but only freeze and thereby disconnect. It is at this point that the infant brain adopts an alternative developmental mode referred to as the “traumatic attachment” with the potential to develop different mindsets to ensure survival in a frightening world where others cannot be trusted.

For many, the cost of these ways of feeling, thinking, and behaving outweighs the benefit: they suffer from the effects of addiction, prolonged grief, domestic and other forms of violence, borderline personality disorder, developmental or complex trauma, and other ‘disorders’. Conventional treatment often fails to find a way out of these debilitating behaviours. Through years of research and clinical practice, Felicity de Zulueta has developed the Traumatic Attachment Induction Procedure (TAIP), a revolutionary method which can lead sufferers to full recovery. Through the TAIP, it is possible to gain access to the hitherto unconscious or implicit traumatic attachment and its accompanying internal working models.

Healing the Fractured Mind is an uplifting account of several clients’ therapeutic journeys from a past of chronic suffering and shame to the discovery of their true selves with the freedom to realise their long-hidden potential. It opens a new avenue of therapeutic practice and research in the field of early developmental trauma which could alleviate the suffering of so many. This book offers comfort and hope to therapists, the general public, and society as a whole by sharing the knowledge that these conditions are now treatable.

Table of Contents

About the authors
Preface by Valerie Sinason

1. The elephant in the room

2. Born to love and cooperate

3. Nature’s Stockholm syndrome

4. Eliciting the traumatic attachment with the TAIP

5. Reversing the traumatic attachment via the TAIP to heal PTSD and BPD

6. Healing “difficult to treat disorders” using the TAIP

7. “It feels like a big empty hole inside”
Monique Notice

8. The visceral impact of the TAIP: What could not be expressed by words is expressed through the body
Jayshree Unadkat

9. Lifespan integration with the TAIP: Healing the traumatic attachment using Lifespan integration therapy and the TAIP
Leonor de Escoriaza


About the Author(s)

Leonor de Escoriaza is a clinical psychologist in private practice in London (BPS), also working with survivors of abuse in a Catholic charity. Her initial training in both France and Spain was the foundation for an integrative and transcultural approach. Leonor is a certified Lifespan Integration therapist and her work is focused mainly on trauma and attachment. She is also interested in equine therapy and therapy with the help of animals. She joined the TAIP research group in 2018.

Jayshree Unadkat, MBACP (Accred), is a psychotherapist in private practice working with culturally diverse individuals and couples, and also works in the NHS mental health services. She completed her master’s degree in contemporary psychodynamic counselling/psychotherapy in 2013. She previously worked as a counsellor with adults struggling with addictions and also with young and older carers. She joined the TAIP research group in 2012.

Monique Notice, MA, MBACP (Accred), is a psychotherapist in private practice with a very diverse demographic for short- or long-term psychotherapy. She has a background in nursing (RGN) and completed her master’s degree in psychodynamic therapy in 2012. In 2013, she became an accredited member of the BACP. She previously worked in an alcohol and drug agency that provide one-to-one and group therapy to people struggling with addictions. She joined the TAIP research group in 2012.

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