ReAttach is a brief psychological intervention that helps to decrease psychological distress and sensory over-responsiveness by optimization of the processing of negative affect. Besides that, ReAttach enhances multiple sensory integration, mentalization, and replaces maladaptive patterns by self-awareness, self-regulation, active coping styles, and resilience.
ReAttach is beneficial for patients who struggle with negative feelings towards themselves, others, and the world. ReAttach helps to promote calmness and connectedness.
ReAttach is a trans-diagnostic intervention provided in a broad range of clinical neuropsychiatric disorders to decrease primary symptomatology. Furthermore, by training affect regulation, multiple sensory integrations, and cognitive bias modification, ReAttach can be used as a first therapy creating optimal conditions for further treatment.
Wiring Affect with ReAttach (W.A.R.A.) is a small exercise used by ReAttach therapists to help patients with sensory over-responsiveness, chronic pain, or emotion regulation problems. W.A.R.A. is usually provided by a therapist in a face to face contact.
Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, a simplified version of W.A.R.A. was used as a self-regulation tool that can be provided by a therapist through remote training.
Drs. Paula Weerkamp-Bartholomeus
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