Francesca Maximé – ReRooted – Ep. 3 – Dr. Diane Poole Heller

Francesca Maximé - ReRooted - Ep. 3 - Dr. Diane Poole Heller

Francesca Maximé is joined by Dr. Diane Poole Heller for a conversation around viewing trauma as a portal to spirituality and creating deep and lasting relationships.

Diane Poole Heller, Ph.D., is an established expert in the field of Adult Attachment Theory and Models, trauma resolution, and integrative healing techniques. She is a trainer, presenter, and speaker offering workshops, teleseminars and educational materials on Trauma, Attachment Models and their dynamics in childhood and adult relationships, as well as many other topics. Learn more about her practice at

Trauma as a Portal

Dr. Heller looks at the possibility of gaining wisdom and developing a spiritual connection through traumatic experiences. She and Francesca discuss ways we can integrate those experiences back into our body and grow from them.

“In these cracks and fragments between these parts of ourselves, we often have this experience of having easier spiritual access. One of the challenges is, how do we then come back into our body and integrate it in a way that is healing? How do we integrate all those continuum of experiences?” – Dr. Diane Poole Heller 

The Power of Attachment (19:25)

What can we do to develop a deeper connection and a more secure attachment in a relationship? Diane looks at methods available for regulating our relationships and mindfully connecting to another person.

Ram Dass speaks about the interconnection between spiritual awakening and our relationships on Ep. 78 of the Here and Now Podcast
When Attachment Goes Wrong (34:30)

How do we work with the negative potential of attachment? Francesca and Diane talk about what happens when attachment goes wrong and how we can move back to secure and supportive attachment.


Images via Dr. Heller and Robert Augustus Masters, PhD