The Therapeutic Attachment Relationship: Complex Integration of Multiple Brain Systems

An experiential course to build your CIMBS knowledge and develop your clinical skills.

Want to start your clinical sessions by activating your clients brain systems? This course helps you set the stage for an active and present therapeutic relationship, one that provides relational connection and safeness. Learn this innovative way to be more emotionally activating via experiential learning, video interviews and demonstrations of live therapeutic connection. Our experiential exercises bring your learning to life and ensure you can make immediate use of the skills you are developing. Want to activate primary approach emotional systems inside you and in your clients? This is the course for you! Created by Jessica Bolton with Terry & Beatriz Sheldon

Created by Jessica Bolton with Terry & Beatriz Sheldon

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What you will get:

  • Lifetime 24/7 Access
  • Watch on any Device
  • 5 lectures
  • of video

Last updated: 14 September 2018

Your Instructor

Jessica Bolton with Terry & Beatriz Sheldon

Albert (Terry) Sheldon M.D. Is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Washington, Seattle and has taught psychotherapy for 20 years. He has trained in and practiced many therapeutic modalities, including CBT, EMDR, hypnosis, group therapy, psychodynamic, mindfulness, and -most extensively – Intensive Short- Term Dynamic Psychotherapy.

Beatriz Winstanley MEd.Psych has practiced psychotherapy in Vancouver, & Seattle for 25 years and trained and supervised clinical counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists for the past 10 years.

Now in collaboration, they have developed this new paradigm in psychotherapy THE COMPLEX INTEGRATION OF MULTIPLE BRAIN SYSTEMS.This approach integrates recent neuroscience research on neuroplasticity, brain development, and therapeutic change.

In these courses, they have teamed up with Dr Jessica Bolton to bring CIMBS to a wider audience.

Dr. Jessica Bolton, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Experiential Dynamic Therapist, Supervisor & Trainer. With twenty years of clinical and teaching experience across university, public and independent healthcare settings, she is pioneering innovative ways of bringing experiential training and emotional learning to the widest audience possible.


This course is intended to inspire and train therapists in using the Initial Directed Activation. The initial Directed Activation sets the stage of an active and present therpaeutic attachment relationship, mobilizes high levels of emotional activation and provides relational connection and safeness.

We had planned this to be a short course, but to do this process justice we have created over 3 hours of videos with demonstrations, interviews and practices for you. Almost all videos are transcribed so that you can read and digest that which you have listened and watched. With an additional two hours of interactive questions and reflective moments; we are deliberately attending to the multiple mediums in which your learning occurs.

And the impact of this training? Creating a transparent collaborative alliance enables the patient to work effectively with high levels of activation, building on their strengths and capacity, and disentangling these from their anxiety, shame and guilt.

We will teach you about and demonstrate how to use the Initial Directed Activation. Most importantly, we will provide opportunities for you to practice and learn the Initial Directed Activation to enhance your psychotherapy practice and maximise your effectiveness.

Presentations and interviews teach you about CIMBS, the Initial Directed Activation and the techniques involved in this ground-breaking therapy. Multiple demonstrations will show the actual use of the techniques with a variety of people. There are also exercises enabling you to deliberately practice the skills and techniques, to ensure you bridge your learning from this course on your computer into your practice with your clients.

You Will Learn How To...

  • Create a transparent collaborative alliance
  • Activate adaptive conscious brain systems!
  • Activate non-conscious brain systems.
  • Deeply activate right from the start of therapy.
  • Utilize the activation energy of the therapeutic relationship present in each of your sessions
  • Respectfully focus on adaptive capacities
  • Move towards strengths in your client.
  • Activate neurotransmitters to facilitate long-term change
  • Use the activation of the therapeutic relationship to bring brain systems online
  • Be more attuned, authentic and emotionally present with your clients

What You Will Need

Access to a computer, tablet or mobile phone with an internet connection. Experience may not be optimal on a phone or smaller tablet so we urge you to use a desktop whenever possible.

To have a background of working therapeutically with clients. This course is designed to be helpful for trained and training therapists, coaches and counsellors.

It is likely to benefit a whole variety of health, education, wellbeing and social care professionals who need to develop active and effective relationships with their clients or patients.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you mean by experiential?
This means you can get very actively involved in learning the skills and techniques involved in this approach. During the course we prioritise your experience in the present moment. We learn more effectively if we are actively involved, if we have regulated emotional experiences and if we practice deliberately what we need to get better at. It can be challenging to stay active when learning via an online / computer based platform so we have interwoven active exercises throughout the course. We encourage you to pay careful attention to your experience throughout the course so you can use the opportunity to notice your responses and learn about how your systems are activated.
Will this learning really have an immediate impact on my clients?
Given the course is highly experiential – the potential for it to really impact you is increased. You can sit back, but your involvement will be significantly related to your outcomes! So the answer is yes, if you practice and work at it. The answer is yes, because here we are providing both a cutting edge model and a cutting edge way of delivering learning opportunities in the comfort of your office or home. CIMBS is a fast and effective psychotherapy because the process of activation and differentiation of Multiple Brain Systems enables the client to come to a new Integration of more Complex and flexible mental functioning. This leads to a new trajectory of growth and adaptive functioning where the client/patient achieves their best potential for the present, and freedom to continue maximising further development in the future.
What is CIMBS?
CIMBS from Our brain has many complex Brain Systems (vision, hearing, coordination, the autonomic nervous system, etc). These systems enable us to live and flourish in a wide variety of circumstances. In addition, there are other Brain Systems that utilise the energy and wisdom of our emotions, direct our motivations, protect us from danger and build close nourishing relationships. When these emotional systems are differentiated from each other they can function independently and then be fully integrated enabling us to function at our highest capacity. CIMBS uses targeted therapeutic interventions to modulate the suppression, differentiation and/or activation of the different Brain Systems that have been wired together in a person’s brain by early developmental experiences or traumas. CIMBS maximises the mind’s ability to modify the brain’s structure known as neuroplasticity. CIMBS is our therapeutic approach to the overarching therapeutic paradigm.
What is Neurophysiopsychotherapy™?
Neuro– working directly with the functioning of different neural networks. Physio– we are constantly providing our patients with new physical [visceral] experiences and novel need-satisfying experiences in the present moment. Psycho- paying attention to psychological brain systems. Therapy- active involvement, creating a stabilising relationship in the context of the stress of new learning.
What does CIMBS prioritise?
1. Gathering evidence about how the patient/client’s Brain Systems are operating in the present moment, in real time. 2. Assess attachment relationship patterns 3. Access, activate and differentiate the Multiple Brain Systems 4. Notice and reinforce positive feelings, strengths and new adaptive neuropathways 5. Shift the internal balance from avoidance to approach 6. Provide ongoing successful present moment experiential learning.

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