Preoccupied Attachment with Dr. Jamie DeLuna

The TBRI® Podcast | Season 3, Episode 3

Today we are continuing the conversation with Dr. Jamie DeLuna about Adult Attachment patterns. Last week we talked about Dismissive Attachment in adults, and this week we’re diving into the Preoccupied/Entangled Attachment pattern. Our host Sarah and Jamie talk about what this pattern looks like in adulthood, how it shows up in caregiving, and how to become mindful about attachment and move toward security.

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About our guests:

Jamie Hurst DeLuna, PhD is a Senior Organizational Developmental Consultant at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas where she is part of a team that helps new and existing leaders in the medical community grow and develop their relational leadership skills through education, training, and coaching. Her clients include everyone you can imagine, from administrators to surgeons to Nobel Laureates. She previously served as a Research Scientist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development where she lead the Institute’s efforts in administering the Adult Attachment Interview. 

About our host:

Sarah Mercado is a Training Specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KPICD). As training specialist, Sarah’s main focus is instructing professionals working with children who have experienced trauma, in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®). TBRI®, a holistic, attachment-based, and trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children, offers practical tools for caregivers to help those in their care reach their highest potential.

Sarah earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She began her career as a direct care staff working with adolescent boys living in a Residential Treatment Center (RTC). After serving in the RTC for several years, she shifted her focus to foster care, where she was Regional Director for a foster and adoption agency.

Sarah spent 20 years serving youth and families within residential and foster care settings as a direct-care worker and trainer before beginning her work with the Purvis Institute in May 2016. Sarah lives near Austin, TX with her husband, AJ, and their two children.

6 Responses to “Preoccupied Attachment with Dr. Jamie DeLuna”

  1. Jessie Phillips

    Love learning about the attachment styles etc!

  2. Gracie Pitts

    This prodcast was very educational and very detailed.

  3. Shelby Jane Morton

    This podcast was very informative. Brought a lot to my attention.

  4. Anna Sullivan

    Patterns of attachment. For adults it is called preoccupied and sometimes called entanglement. The caregiving that causes this is having to walk on eggs with parent or okay some days. For the child this is not consistent for the child therefore the child wild decide what role should I play today so this is confusing and frustrating to the child.

    The child lears how to keep the caregiver close. Causing frustration and anger

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