Attachment Hunger and Addictions

Mindfulness and Creative Arts Therapies

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In this course, we will explore the concept of "attachment hunger," and how this is the root of many addictions, including both ingestive (food, drugs, alcohol) and non-ingestive addictions (hoarding, sex addiction, love addiction, workaholism, gaming addictions, etc.).

Through a self-directed framework, this course offers individuals who suffer with attachment wounds the opportunity to revisit and revise damaging old patterns of living and loving, while helping you to construct more positive narratives and a stronger relationship to your FEELINGS without becoming overwhelmed, distrustful of yourself, or too scared so you shut down and runaway, or turn to an addictive behavior.

Here's how it works, in only two simple steps:

1. With a blend of guided meditation and imagery, we gently titrate all that anxious energy stored up in your body and neural pathways surrounding your attachment experiences. This creates enough spaciousness in the body and in the brain to build NEW neural networks, in a healthier framework, using the language of the body and the unconscious.

2. To stimulate and activate your intellect and your creativity (which is usually a strength of people with attachment wounds!) I also provide demonstrations and psycho-educational videos and tutorials to help you re-frame your experiences. This helps you to see your triggers and put the breaks on before you end up driving over that cliff again!

Basically, this course brings your mind and your body into couples therapy, and teaches each party how to communicate in each other's language.

Broken up into 7 digestible lessons, topic areas include:
  1. Attachment and Complicated Grief
  2. Families and Addiction
  3. Brain Chemistry and Attachment Hunger
  4. Ingestive Addictions on the Brain
  5. Attachment Styles and Addiction
  6. Personality Traits and Prevention
  7. Change Models and Mindfulness in Art Therapy

Each lesson consists of:

  • A written description
  • Between 1-3 video lectures
  • A guided meditation
  • A creative arts therapy directive and video tutorial

The benefits of engaging in this work include:

  • Healthier relationships
  • Improved self esteem
  • A deeper sense of meaning and purposefulness
  • Control of compulsive and/or addictive behaviors
  • Strong personal boundaries

In purchasing this course, you will receive all 7 lessons "dripped" once a day for 7 days, to allow for maximum absorption and retention. Once all lessons have been made available, you can access them whenever you want, for all time!

Much of the material discussed is derived from Ms. MacWilliam's first edited publication, Complicated Grief, Attachment and Art Therapy: Theory, Treatment and 14 Ready-to-Use Protocols, currently available for pre-order on Amazon.

If you are still not sure...

Scroll down this page to view the full course curriculum. Lesson one offers a free preview, to give you a taste!

Your Instructor

Briana MacWilliam MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT
Briana MacWilliam MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT

After graduating with a BFA in Illustration and a minor in psychology, Briana MacWilliam moved to New York City where she earned her Master’s in Professional Studies and Creative Arts Therapy (MPS) from Pratt Institute.

For over a decade, Ms. MacWilliam has practiced as a Licensed and Board Certified Creative Arts Therapist (ATR-BC, LCAT) in various healthcare settings throughout New York City, working predominantly with traumatized women and addiction. For the past four years, she worked as a research coordinator at the Amen Clinics Inc., an agency focused on using brain scans and SPECT technology to provide accurate diagnosis and integrative treatment for mental health problems, poor nutrition, and other obscure conditions.

Dr. Amen has been a guest on CNN, PBS, Dr. Oz, Entertainment Television, Dr. Phil, The View, TedX, Rachel Ray, Larry King, and more. To learn more about The Amen Method, which focuses on the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of life and treatment, click here. To take an online brain health assessment, click here.

Currently, in addition to private practice, Ms. MacWilliam is a professor for Pratt Institute’s Graduate Creative Arts Therapies Department, where she teaches personality development, thesis research and clinical supervision.

Writing, drawing, and painting have always been her passion, and she strongly believes in the curative powers of the creative process.

To learn more, please visit her website at brianamacwilliam.com. Or her community blog for artists and writers at Yellow Bricks. You can also follow her weekly posts on mindfulness and artmaking on Instagram or her Facebook Page.

Class Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund. If, however, you have received a continuing education certificate, no refund will be awarded.

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