ReAttach is a mild, short-term intervention that focuses on optimizing stress and emotion regulation.
Clinical Neuropsychiatry Award
Registered ReAttach therapists
Countries where ReAttach is applied
ReAttach is a method in which your client does not have to talk, and it is not necessary to relive trauma or bad events.
ReAttach is a remarkable, fast-acting, and proven method with an average of 5 treatments spread over three months.
Clients experience fewer complaints and less stress after just one treatment, which allows them to function better.
ReAttach is used as a systemic intervention in children, adolescents, and adults with psychotrauma affect regulation disorders, attachment problems, psychosomatic complaints, and developmental disorders.
It is an added value for anyone who wants to grow as a person by dealing with unpleasant thoughts, feelings, and experiences in the right way, and by focusing on what is essential.
The ‘missing link’
The ‘missing link’ ReAttach is a multi-modal intervention used by both mental health professionals and paramedics and experienced as a ‘missing link.’
Reattach is a effective and above all enriching treatment method that I recommend to all my colleagues!
Drs. Fanny Stempher
When I learned about ReAttach, I immediately knew this is the ‘missing link’ in my work!
All child therapists should be able to apply ReAttach. It is the most friendly, accessible, and effective method for achieving your treatment goals.
Child Occupational Therapist
Sensory Integration Therapist
Deployed worldwide by a wide range of paramedics
ReAttach is developed and pioneered by Drs. Paula Weerkamp as a multi-modal intervention to support patients in dealing with complex problems such as autism, trauma, and non-congenital brain damage.
Nowadays, ReAttach is used worldwide by a diversity of paramedics for children and adults with central neurological problems, functional neurological disorders, oncological problems, psychosomatic complaints, (psycho) geriatric problems, language and speech disorders, and post-traumatic and acute stress complaints.
The power of ReAttach is that you do not have to talk about what you have experienced, what is bothering you, what you want to change, what you have to process. ReAttach uses voice, thinking tasks, and light rhythmic touch on the hands. It ensures that you can retrieve, register, and (re) place the correct information. The exercises create new brain connections that provide different insights and replace old patterns. ReAttach provides relaxation, overview, and a new perspective for growth.
Do you have clients who suffer from overstimulation, trauma, burnout, anxiety or somatic complaints, identity problems, or learning difficulties? Then ReAttach is something for you!
What do clients experience?
ReAttach is powerful but friendly and is usually experienced as a pleasant and relaxing treatment. Clients experience renewed energy, feel better about themselves, feel more emotionally balanced, and have a better “grip” on life. Additionally, clients experience a “tidy head” due to ReAttach, fewer complaints, and less stress to function better again.
Additionally, clients experience a “tidy head” due to ReAttach, fewer complaints, and less stress to function better again.
The effects of ReAttach:
Improving stress- and emotion regulation
Reduction of fatigue complaints
More self-control of chronic pain
Improvement in social interactions
Reduction of (exercise) fear
Improvement of spontaneous speech
Improvement of motor skills/motor control
Taking responsibility / achieving active coping
Suitable for many healthcare professionals.
ReAttach is used successfully worldwide by healthcare professionals from various professional groups.
Youth care workers
The Social Domain
Sensory Integration Therapists
ReAttach for complex development problems
For complex target groups, such as personality problems, autism, neurorehabilitation, chronic pain, or chronic post-traumatic stress, you can make a huge difference in a short time by adding ReAttach to your professional repertoire.
In people with autism, ReAttach alters the social communication and interaction problems characteristic of autism by activating the development of coherent concepts of the self, significant others, and the world. As a result, adults with autism outgrow their diagnosis, and in children with autism, we see that they are catching up on developmental delays compared to their peers. The fragmented information processing that causes problems with overview gives insight, overview, self-awareness, self-regulation, and autonomy.
‘You have to experience ReAttach. You must do ReAttach!’
“The ReAttach training days are like ReAttach itself: sincere, honest, tidy, professional, and carefully substantiated. There is plenty of room for interaction and personal encounters. Everyone’s contribution is appreciated. It has meant for me that I was immediately inspired and motivated to apply ReAttach in daily practice. It is an enrichment, deepening and a very nice approach, appreciated by my clients with great results!”
Marts Coaching, ‘Manage Work & Life’
Developed by Dr. Paula Weerkamp-Bartholomeus
Director of ReAttach Academy
Paula Weerkamp-Bartholomeus, Director of ReAttach Academy, developed ReAttach. As an educational psychologist, she stands for the accessibility and quality of ReAttach and Reattaches Training Courses.
Dr. Paula Bartholomeus
What does a ReAttach treatment look like?
The ReAttach therapist and client sit opposite each other at a narrow table. Before the session, they had a conversation, inventoried the symptoms, and set treatment goals.
During the session, the therapist regulates the client’s sensory stimuli and tension level to optimize the ReAttach training conditions. Therefore, the therapist asks the client to place the hands flat on the table to provide tactile stimulation using rhythmic palm touches as part of the treatment. A social cognitive training follows in which most adult clients close their eyes. The entire session lasts approximately 20 minutes.
Evidence based practice
The ReAttach protocol is described in Dutch, and the first practice-based study about the effect on maladaptive coping in adults received the Clinical Neuropsychiatry Award in 2015. Clinical Neuropsychiatry published three articles about the impact of ReAttach on the daily life functioning of adults, children, and individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
We have trained colleagues in twelve countries and published several research papers. Articles have been published in Dutch, English, Spanish, Russian, Italian, and Macedonian. All materials ReAttach Academy has developed are copyright of Stichting ReAttach Therapy International. As a result, international translations can be realized quickly, and the materials remain available to all ReAttach therapists who are affiliates of this foundation.
We are not alone
There is a strong involvement of international scientific colleagues who help us publish research articles in International Journals. Together we ensure that ReAttach can be implemented as a proven effective, high-quality intervention for all professional disciplines so that the accessible method becomes quickly available to anyone who wants to use it.
Scientific research Maastricht University
ReAttach Academy is collaborating with Maastricht University on further research into the effectiveness and application of ReAttach for various target groups. The current ReAttach studies are part of the Ph.D. thesis of Paula Weerkamp-Bartholomeus, under the supervision of promotor Prof. Dr. Therese van Amelsvoort of the
faculty of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology.
Scientific research from abroad
ReAttach Academy also participates in studies that started from abroad, such as research into ReAttach among top athletes (learning to excel).
- ReAttach Therapy International Foundation founded an open access scientific journal, without article processing costs: Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities. This independent online publication platform, supported by an international editorial board of professors, is peer-reviewed. Editor in Chief is Prof. Dr. Vladimir Trajkovski.
- ReAttach for autism was presented for the 3rd time at the World Autism Organization Conference: November 2018, Houston, Texas.
- ReAttach Conference: ReAttach Therapy International Foundation organizes a bi-annual international ReAttach Conference. On April 14th -15th, 2018, in Eindhoven, we held our first ReAttach Conference.
Get started with ReAttach
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