DOI link for —Ethical Attunement
—Ethical Attunement book
Wilson and Thomas defi ned empathic attunement as: “The psychobiological capacity to experience, understand and communicate knowledge of the internal psychological state of being of another person” (2004, p. 20). Interpreting research on treatment with those who have experienced trauma, Wilson and his colleagues (Wilson & Lindy, 1994; Wilson, Friedman, & Lindy, 2001) developed the concept of empathic attunement and articulate therapist’s reactive styles which interfere with being empathetically attuned. Siegel (2012) suggests that attuned therapists “feel the feelings, not merely understand them conceptually.” He states that the most important element in an attachment-based, neurobiologically-informed psychotherapeutic approach is the clinician’s ability to regulate his/her own emotions. This is, in a sense, a hands-on, body-on, mind-on therapy in that the therapist’s whole self, while remaining emotionally stable, vibrates like a tuning fork to every quiver of emotion that the client experiences. Our concept of ethical attunement stands on Wilson’s and Siegel’s shoulders and adds the necessary components included in our Collaborative Change Model (CCM) of practitioner energy, reactivity, and relational components of complex trauma.