Short Quiz to Assess your Attachment Style

This is a brief quiz to give a general idea of your attachment conditioning. The reliability is not very high but it can be a good start. Takes 10 minutes to complete.

Adult Attachment Interview (AAI)

It is recommended but not required to take the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) before you start the IPF.

The AAI is a semi-structured interview that takes about an hour to administer. The interview triggers the client’s ‘attachment mechanism’ by asking the client questions about childhood attachment situations. The responses are then coded for patterns that place the client into one or a combination of attachment styles (secure, dismissing, preoccupied, unresolved/disorganized).

The interview it self takes between 60 and 90 minutes. The scoring is detailed and takes another two to three hours render.

It takes a comprehensive look at childhood experiences in terms of the caregiver’s level of rejection, role-reversal, pressure to achieve, neglect, and overall ‘loving-ness’ of caregiver. Also also trauma and loss is assessed.

And then more importantly, the client’s current state of mind relative to attachment is also assessed such as the degree of idealization of attachment figures, perseverating anger, and derogation of caregivers and attachment overall. Dissociation around trauma and loss is also examined.

Meta-cognitive/reflective functioning, passivity of thought process, and coherence of transcript and mind are determined as well.

Final scoring produces a detailed assessment of the client’s attachment style based on these factors.

The AAI is so valuable as it gives us a pre-treatment diagnosis. Then at the end of treatment it is ideally re-administered and thereby produces pre/post scores which validate the clients move from one of the insecure attachment types (dismissing, preoccupied, and disorganized) to security. This helps with motivation and faith in the practice inasmuch as the transformation of the internal working model of attachment and therefore core mental health is quantified and tracked. Moreover, by knowing the details of your attachment style it becomes easier focus the IPF work on correcting identified deficits with specificity. Moreover the AAI identifies meta cognitive deficits for which certain meditations are assigned in order to correct. The AAI also highlights specific deficits in the ‘internal working model’ of attachment. Those are then systematically corrected for in the IPF facilitation by focusing on the ‘positive opposites’.

So, taking the AAI within the first month of treatment is very helpful as it optimized the course of IPF treatment. However, it is not obligatory. For many clients, it makes sense to put off the AAI until full faith in the therapeutic process of the IPF is developed.

Moreover, after the second phase of IPF treatment (working through ‘early maladaptive schemas’) secure attachment conditioning is assumed to be in place. At that point we re-administer the AAI to verify the attainment of secure attachment. This is very satisfying as it assures all parties of the success of the treatment.

Cost of the AAI

$750 – The normal typical cost ranges between $900 and $1000. However, I am a still in the process of being validated as a ‘reliable coder’ and I enjoy the practice. For that reason I can offer it as a discount. Please note, I am already done with the primary training and now in the process of being validated as a reliable scorer.

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After an hour of talking, Cedric is able to offer an informed guestimate of your attachment style.

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