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Clinical Consultants

Dan Hughes, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who founded and developed Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), the treatment of children who have experienced abuse and neglect and demonstrate ongoing problems related to attachment and trauma.  This treatment occurs in a family setting and the treatment model has expanded to become a general model of family treatment.   He has conducted seminars, workshops, and spoken at conferences throughout the US, Europe, Canada, and Australia for the past 20 years.  He is also engaged in extensive 


Dan Hughes, Ph.D.

 training and supervision in the certification of therapists in his treatment model, along with ongoing consultation to various agencies and professionals.   He is president of DDPI a training Institute which is responsible for the certification of professionals in DDP.  Information about DDPI can be found on


Dan is the author of many books and articles.  These include Building the Bonds of Attachment, 3rd Ed. (2017), Attachment-Focused Family Therapy Workbook (2011) and, with Jon Baylin, Brain-Based Parenting (2012) and The Neurobiology of Attachment-Focused Therapy (2016).  Along with Kim Golding and Julie Hudson, Dan has recently completed Healing relational trauma with attachment-focused interventions: Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy with children and families (to be published by W.W. Norton, 2018).   Dan has a limited practice in South Portland, Maine, USA.   He can be contacted at:   His website is

Annie Kiermaier, LCSW, RN

Annie Kiermaier, LCSW, RN, is a certified Theraplay therapist, supervisor, and international trainer.  She holds an MSW from the University of Maine at Orono, an A.D. in Nursing from the University of Maine at Augusta, and a B.A. from Earlham College in Richmond Indiana.  Annie authored Chapter 7 of the 3rd edition of the Theraplay book, "Theraplay for Children with Regulation Disorders."   Annie has a lifelong passion for helping parents and their children have healthy, joyful attachment relationships.  After a 10 year career as a registered nurse, Annie provided home and office-based mental health therapy to families of young children in Mid-Coast Maine for 23 years, working with a wide 

variety of problems including families with attachment and trauma histories. She has been a full time Theraplay trainer since 2013. She is known for her expertise as a trainer and consults to a variety of human services organizations including the US, Britain, and Australia. She can be reached at

Allegra Hirsh-Wright, is a licensed clinical social worker who works at Maine Behavioral Healthcare as the Training Manager for the Department of Clinical Innovation. Allegra is a nationally certified TF-CBT Clinician and Clinical Supervisor, has specific expertise in the areas of compassion fatigue, self -care and resilience, and, as a contributing member of the Secondary Traumatic Stress Workgroup for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, has contributed to fact sheets and a national website on
secondary traumatic stress. Allegra has also co-authored an article on childhood exposure to violence, has contributed to


a published book on childhood traumatic grief and is an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern Maine. Most importantly, Allegra is the proud mother of a 20 year old son and her favorite color is orange - in fact, she wears it every day!

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