I have yet to see a book explain the power of attachment in a way that draws the reader into the story of another. I couldn’t put it down. Few books take a reader into an experience where they can relate to and remember the information. This book accomplishes that.
~ Joshua Straub, Ph.D.Author, Safe House: How Emotional Safety is the Key to Raising Kids Who Live, Love, and Lead Well
This special and unique combination of fiction and science offers a much-needed message about love and bonding. Written for the general public but also very informative to all couple therapists, the poignant love story of Ben and Claire will illuminate romantic connection for all that are lucky enough to read Emotional Connection.
~ Paul A. Aikin, Ph.D.
The authors tell an emotional story within a scientific structure that reaches down deep into the lives of all too many of us. The story opens with a focus on the life of a young married couple that are sincerely in love but quickly find themselves disconnected with the love of their life. The disconnect in the relationship resulted from subtle, gradual, and emotional distancing.
The book is a story from which every married couple can benefit. It tells a story of staying emotionally connected and preventing emotional distancing. It also tells a story of going through a love-crisis and coming out of it emotionally healthy, strong, and reconnected. Only then can a couple begin to live a life-long love affair together.
The book is long overdue. Many marriages have struggled without the professional and personal insights of the Regiers.
~ Allan G. Hedberg, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
If you’re curious about what builds emotional safety in relationships this insightful book will let you peer behind the curtain and see how to improve your own marriage or help someone else’s. In their unique and captivating approach the authors invite you to be a fly on the wall of marital therapy sessions and what happens in the couple’s relationship between sessions. Rich with clinical and research insights this practical guide will show you how even a well-intentioned marriage can drift, get stuck, and then repair.
~ Ron L. Deal, LMFT, LPC, bestselling author of The Smart Stepfamily and President, SmartStepfamilies.com
Dr. Regier’s wealth of experience in using attachment theory to counsel couples, is presented in the most accessible and clear way. The book has a very engaging style in which we follow the story of a couple, we sit in on their counseling sessions and lastly we benefit from the analysis given by Dr. Regier. Our emotional connections with others do not have to be an illogical and unpredictable abyss to be avoided… they can be the source of much joy and a foundation for a much deeper and lasting relationship.
~ Andre Rabe, International speaker and founder of Mimesis Academy
Authors Dr. Michael and Paula Regier are married and work together in the Center for Relational Excellence in Visalia, California. Michael earned his Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology and has over thirty years of experience as a clinical psychologist. He is a certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist. He is a former faculty member at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Kaweah Delta Psychiatric residency program in Visalia, California.
Paula has a background in business and accounting. She has developed a second career as a neurofeedback technician where she helps emotionally over- and under-aroused individuals overcome trauma, find focus and achieve emotional balance. Paula also serves as the Center’s administrator.
Michael and Paula are passionate about helping couples prevent relationship failure through attachment based treatment and education.
And the lighter side of Michael and Paula ~
Michael and Paula reside in Central California, the middle portion of the state that provides our country with an abundance of fruits and veggies, nuts and grains. On a clear winter day our view is of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
When the heat gets the best of us we love to head a couple hours west to Cambria or Morro Bay at the Central Coast.
And we love getting up to San Francisco, Seattle or down to Southern Cali to visit our son, sibs, and parents.
We love to work together and play together. Whether on a tandem bicycle, doing CrossFit or P90X or just enjoying a glass of wine with friends or family, we are forever committed to connection.