There have never been more schools of psychotherapy, more training available for psychotherapists, and more therapy practices to master. Yet despite all this, there is little in the field of psychotherapy that is directly inspired by an understanding of the attachment-based developmental approach. A second concern is that the practice of psychotherapy itself seems to be increasingly divorced from the science of relationship, the science of emotion and the science of human development. This 15-session course has been created as a beginning attempt to address these issues.

Prerequisite Courses
Participants are required to have completed the following Neufeld Institute courses: 
Intensive I
Intensive II
Science of Emotion
PLAY series: Play 101, Play and Attachment, Play and Emotion

Not required, but highly recommended are Intensive III: Becoming Attached and Making Sense of Adolescence Part I.

If you are planning to take the prerequisites and recommended courses through self-paced study, please leave enough time to complete these courses before Therapy starts in September.

Making Sense of Therapy explores the art and science of healing through the lens of the attachment-based developmental approach. Although directed towards psychotherapists, formal training as a helping professional is not required.

Suitability & Applicability

Since the issues of healing and change are universal, this course is open to all who have completed the prerequisite Neufeld Institute courses listed above, regardless of the nature and level of their formal education. Rather than being constrained by the contemporary specialized definition of psychotherapy as the ‘treatment of disorder', the course facilitators will be using the root definition that originally inspired the field of psychotherapy  - ‘a cure for the soul’.

This course is for all who desire to become better midwifes to the healing process, who yearn to help get others unstuck, who are curious about the therapeutic process, as well as those who want to make their therapeutic practice more congruent with their commitment to the attachment-based developmental approach. Although the focus is on therapy, the Intensive is not just for therapists but for anyone who wants to make sense of therapy, including the phenomena of healing, transformation, recovery and resilience.

Time & Place

This online course will take place from 9:00–10:30 am on Thursdays, starting with an orientation session on September 7, 2023 and wrapping up on December 14, 2023.

All classes are recorded, so if you're unable to attend at the scheduled time, it's no problem to catch up!


This course is being hosted by the Neufeld Institute, a nonprofit organization with a world-wide reach, devoted to applying developmental science to the raising of children.


If a course is cancelled due to insufficient enrolment or other unforeseen circumstances, all registrants will have the option of receiving a full refund or credit.