Dr. Zack Bein is a psychologist, a teacher, a certified meditation instructor, group facilitator, one-on-one coach, and the Founder of the Adult Attachment Program. He was trained by Dr Dan Brown and currently works closely with Dr David Elliott.   He relies heavily on Brown & Elliot’s “Three Pillar” model of repairing attachment difficulties, which includes the Ideal Parent Figure method. He has also been practicing and studying meditation for 20 years.

Dr. Zack Bein is a psychologist in the Dan Brown/David Elliott lineage of clinicians who believe strongly in the “3 pillar” approach to healing relational difficulty in adults. I also have clinical experience with substance abuse/dependence, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, impulse-control disorders, psychotic disorders, and several personality disorders. His research is in mindfulness treatments for addiction and posttraumatic symptoms.  At the University of California, Berkeley, Zack worked in the schizophrenia lab, examining the relationship between memory, emotions, and negative symptoms in patients with schizophrenia.

His approach to therapy is integrative, considering elements from a variety of theories and modalities, as well as evidence-based practices. Some of these include Attachment Theory, mindfulness-based interventions, Humanistic/Existential Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Three Pillars Therapy and the Ideal Parent Figure (IPF) Protocol.

He is trained in administering and scoring the Adult Attachment Interview by Howard and Miriam Steele at the New School in Manhattan.  The AAI is the gold standard assessment of attachment styles in adults.

Dr. Bein also works closely with David Elliott, Ph,D, the co-creator of the model, to teach the 3 Pillar Model to clinicians, therapists, coaches, who wish to incorporate healing of attachment disturbances in their work.  Zack is also the sole author of an upcoming chapter in “Clinical Applications of the AAI, Part 2,” where he details how the Three Pillars therapist uses the AAI in an ethically minded way to inform the work.  That will be out hopefully in early 2024.

Regarding Fees and Insurance – If you live in California, I am in-network with Aetna and Optum, and you would have to check with your provider for out-of-network reimbursement or benefits.  That means, rather than us directly dealing with the insurance company for you, that we provide you all the documentation you need to get the most reimbursement possible from your insurance. My current fee for a 50-minute therapy hour is $225.  


Professional Presentations

The 2023 Changes in the Three Pillar Model Initially Developed by Brown & Elliott, 2016.

Many things are evolving in the field right now.  One of those things, for example, is that the original 3rd pillar, enhancing collaborative abilities, will now be the 1st pillar, which used to be Remapping the Internal Working Model using Ideal Parent Figures (IPF).  Collaboration is going to be the new 1st pillar because of the decades of research that shows that regardless of the intervention, the factor that accounts for the most variance in change is the quality of the relationship between the patient and the therapist.  We are not here to teach a technique.  This is a psychotherapeutic model and tool, and should be treated as such.

Mindfulness Treatments for the Addiction Process
2019 – Betty Ford West Los Angeles
Presented to clinical staff and patients

Adult Attachment Theory – Assessment and Treatment
2018 – Chicago School of Professional Psychology Los Angeles
Presented to clinical staff and students

A Pilot Study of an 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Treatment for Veterans with PTSD and Substance Abuse
2014 – Alliant International University Los Angeles Presented to Clinical Staff

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