Our Theoretical Approach

Our theoretical approach for therapy and training is the SANE – System Attachment Narrative Encephalon model. The model enriches systemic therapy with attachment theory, basic premises from narrative/dialogic psychology and psychotherapy, and relevant findings from neurosciences. Read more about the challenge of combining these interrelated perspectives while also retaining a basic systemic outlook. Read our guidelines for clinical practice, including stages and goals, as well as the guiding questions that clinicians and trainees can ask themselves when conceptualizing a case.


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Read also:

Family Process, Volume 41, Issue 3, 2002. Ένα αφιέρωμα στη σύνδεση της συστημικής προσέγγισης με τη θεωρία του συναισθηματικού δεσμού. (Wiley Publ.)

International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Volume 60, Number 4, 2010. Ένα αφιέρωμα στη σύνδεση μεταξύ νευροβιολογίας και διαπροσωπικών συστημάτων: ομάδες, ζευγάρια. (Guilford Press)