The Foundation for Attachment Repair: The 3 Pillars
The Ideal Parent Figures (IPF) Protocol (aka: IPF Meditation) is one of the 3 pillars of attachment repair, used to heal attachment wounds — as described by Harvard psychologists David S. Elliott and Daniel P. Brown in the textbook Attachment Disturbances in Adults: Treatment for Comprehensive Repair.
Pillar 1 employs a conversational guided meditation — a back-and-forth collaboration between the participant and therapist — as the participant deeply relaxes, imagining themselves as a young child having vivid, nurturing experiences with ideal parent figures that embody the ten ingredients of attachment security, and respond according to the participants attachment needs.
Pillar 2 develops the participants Metacognition or Mentalizing capacity (similar to Vipassana Meditation), and Pillar 3 provides a practical understanding of the nature of collaborative and secure relationships. The three approaches weave together in each session, with an early emphasis on collaboration.
Early research shows a shift into attachment security after 35-50 hours of IPF Meditation with a provider who shares session recordings for between-visit listening. Attachment Security was measured using the AAI (Adult Attachment Inventory).
Therapeutic models are considered effective with a treatment effect size of 0.8. The treatment effect size of IPF guided-meditation is 6.23 (Cohen).
The Three Pillars Model
Comprehensive education on the model that heals anxious-proccupied, dismissing, and disorganized attachment is available within the 2016 textbook by Daniel P. Brown and David S. Elliott, Attachment Disturbances in Adults: Treatment for Comprehensive Repair (752 pages)
Imagine feeling yourself as a young child and engaging with ideal parent figures (IPFs) who are securely attached.
Enhance Metacognition and Mentalizing. (Similar to Mindfulness Meditation.)
Focus on collaborative verbal and non-verbal communication to promote secure attachment.