Attachment

Attachment issues, or attachment disorders, are broad terms used to describe issues resulting from a failure to form normal attachments to primary caregivers in early childhood. Most children with attachment disorders have had severe problems or difficulties in their early relationships (they may have been neglected or physically or emotionally abused). One specific attachment disorder is Reactive attachment disorder (RAD), a condition typically found in children who have received grossly negligent care and do not form a healthy emotional attachment with their primary caregivers (usually their mothers) before age 5. A mental health professional who specializes in attachment issues can be a great help to both the child and the caregiver affected. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s experts today!

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A lot of people experience trauma within their family of origin. I work with developmental (also known as complex) and attachment (ways of learning how to emotionally bond) trauma which includes growing up in alcoholism, abuse, conflict, parent death and/or any traumatic experience endured during childhood. As a result, a lot of people develop a type of insecure attachment that impacts their current relationships (i.e. dependency, fear, conflict, anxiety).

— Natalie Stemati, Psychologist in Denver, CO

Attachment is about how organize in relationship to others and in relationship to the Self. Wounded or insecure attachment can be healed through safe and nourishing relationships with others and through the development and strengthening of our inner relationship to Self.

— Christo Brehm, Psychotherapist in Eugene, OR
 

While training in Somatic Experiencing®, I was introduced to the work of Dr. Diane Poole Heller. I have completed Modules I – IV of Dr. Heller’s Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning experience (DARe). DARe is an approach that focuses on helping individuals create more meaning, connection, and emotional intimacy in their relationships by processing early attachment wounds and identifying individual attachment styles.

— Victoria Muñoz, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

My practice is based in attachment science and theory. I started my career with a focus on attachment-based modalities and have continued to receive specialized, on-going training rooted in attachment theory. I am heavily influenced, personally and professionally, by the work of Jude Cassidy, Phillip Shaver, Sue Johnson, Kent Hoffman & the Circle of Security founders, Dan Siegel, Mary Ainsworth, and John Bowlby.

— Laura Sendelbach, Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA
 

Together we will explore early life experiences to understand more about how you came to be who you are today. The way we attach, or do not attach, to our primary caregivers as a child has a huge impact on our adult relationships. We will identify your personal attachment style, and examine how this plays out in your past and current relationships. We can work together to assist you in developing a healthier attachment style to improve your relationships, and feel more secure in them.

— Jessica Kopp, Licensed Professional Counselor in , PA

First and foremost placing emphasis on clients identifying and formulating their own understanding of how they have "attached" to the world around them informs my ongoing studies but was the foundation of my education and interest in the world of psychology.

— April Watson, Psychotherapist
 

Training in child-centered, attachment-theory, and experience in attachment-focused interventions allow me the opportunity to help you understand your child's brain, the root of attachment wounds, and finding coping strategies that will bring healing and joy back to your family.

— Claudia Mattox, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Magnolia, TX

We offer Attachment Assessments to help you uncover and explore your attachment style. We also utilize Attachment Theory in psychotherapy to find connections between your early life and difficult present experiences.

— Spaces Therapy, Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

In my work with childhood issues; much of what I've seen throughout treatment leads me back to a rupture of attachment with a primary caregiver. I am passionate about learning more about infant/toddler mental health; serving those who would like to heal broken familial connections.

— Brittney George, Licensed Professional Counselor in , VA

Lastly, while training in Somatic Experiencing®, I was introduced to the work of Dr. Diane Poole Heller.I have completed Modules I – IV of Dr. Heller’s Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning experience (DARe). DARe is an approach that focuses on helping individuals create more meaning, connection, and emotional intimacy in their relationships by processing early attachment wounds and identifying individual attachment styles.

— Victoria Muñoz, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ
 

There are times we find ourselves in relationships where we have difficulty communicating our intentions clearly, or we find that we can't establish a safe, emotional connection with our partner or partners. Looking at integral stories from experiences in one's family of origin, as well as getting a sense of ways that people adapt to meet their own needs in a relationship, as well as their partner's or partners' needs can help with establishing ways of connecting that feel more authentic.

— Kendra Smith, Associate Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

While I specifically love helping with disordered eating and/or parenting issues, all of my work with clients and groups is grounded through an attachment theory lens. Regularly, I invite mothering archetypes and movement metaphors into my work with clients as a way to help them rediscover and eventually re-pattern and embody their own inner mothering or parenting. When we feel securely and safely attached to an internal source, we can better ride life's waves with steadiness.

— Caroline Gebhardt, Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA
 

By understanding our individual attachment styles, we can work towards breaking your unwanted relationship and/or dating patterns. Through this work we will pinpoint any potential insecure attachment style that is present and use this information to help you recognize and build effective communication strategies. Together we will work towards healing any abandonment wounds, so that you can trust and become more secure within yourself.

— Rachel Brandwene, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Families are doing their best....but so often, their best is still pretty damn harmful. I am trained to help you get to the root of your attachment injuries and heal them for good. Once you start to re-wire your internal attachment system and relearn your own inherent worth and value, you will see major changes in the way you relate to yourself and to the people in your life.

— Dina Bdaiwi, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Irvine, CA
 

I am trained in DARe (Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning). DARe is a treatment modality built on extensive research about attachment styles and how a better understanding of those attachment styles can unlock the human's natural ability to self-heal. It is a holistic approach, largely based on Somatic and Relational healing techniques, helps us discover the source of those patterns and to apply the right understanding to unwind them, thus releasing new energy to heal trauma.

— Jane Leung, Marriage & Family Therapist in Pleasant Hill, CA

Attachment Theory states that your relationships with your primary caregiver(s) as an infant & adolescent laid the groundwork for your primary relationships as an adult. Most attachment (relationship) issues ultimately boil down to 2 questions: "Is it safe to be me?" and/or "Do you love me, just as I am?" These are tender places. I'm here to provide a safe & loving place for you to explore these questions, as well as their impact on your relationships.

— Anneva NK Garner, Counselor in Longmont, CO
 

A large part of the work that I have done in infant mental health is working on building attachment and increasing security in relationships. Attachment is important in every relationship, and I know how to help create and maintain secure attachments even if you have a pattern of insecure attachment in your life.

— Tasha Perkins, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

Our most early relationships shape us. How our needs are met, or not, leave an imprint on our sense of self on a deep, non-verbal level. Our attachment styles are formed by 5 years of age, and we develop core survival strategies to get our needs met in relationships, at the expense of oneself. Therapy can help you heal your relationship with yourself, and reimagine how you'd like to be in relationship with those most important to you.

— Kim Torrence, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Rockville, MD