Interpersonal Dependence (ID) and Pathological Bonding Patterns (PBP) are a major problem from a clinical and social point of view. They cause great suffering in people entangled in disruptive relations or those that have renounced to have a partner due to past conflictive relationships. ID and PBP are also co-morbid or an underlying feature in many clinical conditions such as mood and anxiety disorders, substance addiction, sexual dependence, etc. Also, ID and PBP are closely related to major social problems such as domestic and gender violence, including suicides and homicides.
Summing up direct cases and those in which ID-PBP are an underlying feature, makes it clear that it is a condition that mental health professionals need to be able to deal with. In spite of this, it is overlooked and remains unattended in many cases, even in patients/clients of many EMDR therapists. We think this is due to lack of integrative models of ID and PBP treatment.
Based on our 15 years case experience from a multidisciplinary approach, we intend to provide the participants with a conceptual framework and phased intervention model, based on those theories relevant to understand this condition (AIP, Attachment Theory and Split Personality Models) that enables them to:
1. Understand and Asses the 3 major ID-PBP types and their sub-types and know how people with pathological bonding needs tend to interact.
2. Use the different EMDR protocols in the right moment of the treatment and with most appropriate targets, according to each client/patient.
Since I started my practice in 1994, although I have dedicated time to teaching and institutional representation, my primary dedication has been and is adult psychological treatment. Initially from a CBC orientation, since 2005 I started introducing EMDR. In the last 6 years, EMDR (together with Attachment based interventions and Split Personality Models) has been our main intervention form. I currently work with a team and we are developing structured intervention models for certain pathologies based on this orientation. In particular, we have been working on a therapeutic model for intervention in Interpersonal Dependence since the past few years.