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The current focus on the Right Brain in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy has generated new models of treatment for relational or complex trauma. Therapies that apply neurobiology and mind/body processes are demonstrating efficacy in the clinical setting. It is common knowledge that child abuse and neglect cause numerous adverse effects
over the lifespan. Many children with abuse and neglect histories have not had the opportunity to create a secure attachment with a primary caregiver, and this is detrimental to their neural development.
Inherent in the creation of a secure attachment is the sensory and motor development that begins before birth. Sensory and motor development continues in the attachment dyad with a repetition of experience with increasingly complex interactions for information processing, emotional regulation and behavior control. This paper describes the beginning phase of a model of therapy for complex trauma treatment that takes into consideration attachment and sensory delays in the neurobiologically based developmental trajectory.