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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I focus on how we learned to attach to others throughout our lives. What lesson's did we learn about trust? What emotions were accepted and which were rejected? I have seen how learning about how we connected with others from a very young age teaches us about how we connect with others now. When we explore these learned reactions we can relearn our relationships and be more compassionate with ourselves in our own journeys to connect with others.

— Stephanie Boulton, Counselor in Boulder, CO

The majority of my caseload had been working with clients who not only present with trauma, but also present with attachment disruptions throughout their lives. There is a correlation between trauma and attachment.

— Vilmary Lopez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Franklin, MA

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

I have completed 2 years psychoanalytic psychotherapy training with at the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. It's primary focus is on relationships and how they affect who we are or believe we are in the world, with others and with ourselves. I am passionate about relational work and how "symptoms" crop up as a way to help us adjust to both old and new experiences.

— Patricia Holdahl, Psychotherapist in Edina, MN

Attachment is a foundational piece of my work as a therapist. I believe deeply that each of us carries the stories of our family and its history within us. Not only that, but you carry the stories they gave to you *about* you. Most of those stories are false. In our work together, we'll dig out the stories that no longer serve you, and create space for new stories to take root. My hope is that our work will help you reclaim your connection to your body, inner wisdom, and authentic truth.

— Amelia Hodnett, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Seattle, WA

Our understanding of selfhood emerges from early experiences with important figures, colliding with our singular temperament, or way-of-being-in-the-world. This formative encounter is central to who you are and who you have become. It is also possible to change, to heal, depart from our origins, and liberate ourselves through a process of exploration, fierce compassion, and creativity.

— Jackie Kosak, Art Therapist in Seattle, WA

Attachment can be a complex inquiry to explore and can be complicated by contextual experiences such as identity, culture and other types of trauma. I have taken many trainings on how to best understand each individual person and their relational strengths as well as challenges in creating healthy, sustainable connection with close loved ones. I welcome people of all identities to explore how they best connect and find insight into what they need to feel more secure in their relationships.

— Natalie Spautz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

I work with clients who need to rebuild trust in relationships, inner child work, codependency and realizing they are capable of taking care of themselves without relying solely on others to bring a sense of purpose.

— Amanda Lovin, Licensed Professional Counselor in Conyers, GA

We all need at least one secure attachment in order to feel safe. Attachment based therapy addresses the ways in which we attach to significant people in our lives. Often times, this attachment can be in unhelpful ways. Creating a secure attachment helps us to navigate life independently and interdependently, allowing us to experience joy without anxiety or fear.

— Megan Moeller, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in ,

From the moment of your creation, you are attached; however, so many are wounded by the byproduct of that attachment. We spend much of our time letting painful moments inform our futures, or our families futures, and this steals from our joy in the present moment. We believe healthy relationships are the only pathway to healing, and to take steps toward something different is a risk. We believe the therapeutic relationship can be the first healthy step toward new attachment experiences.

— The Wellness Counseling Center, LLC; Clayton Wellness Counseling Center, LLC; and Prairie Wellness Counseling Center, LLC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Harrisonville, MO

I am trained in Dynamic Attachment Reparenting Experience (DARe), which describes attachment as our blueprint for relationships that is shaped by our early childhood experiences with our caregivers. We collaborate to identify your attachment style, where it originates from, & how it is impacting your present-day relationships. In the therapeutic relationship we work together to create secure attachment, as well as to practice creating a safe and loving relationship with yourself & others.

— Danielle Weiss, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

From birth we begin to write the scripts by which all future relationships are based upon. Those scripts are often badly written and full of mistakes. Fast forward to adulthood and we can't seem to find satisfaction in a relationship, or we keep driving partners away. Fears of abandonment can destroy relationships, and codependency can leave us with nothing left for ourselves. I want to help you take a look back at how you got here so we can figure out how to get where we want to go.

— Andrew Brucker, Associate Clinical Social Worker 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

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

Attachment patterns, emotional bond that connects one person to another, are oftentimes at the core of many psychological difficulties. I have extensive training and experience in psychotherapy approaches that focus on attachment in the therapeutic process, such as Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT).

— Payam Kharazi, Psychologist in Beverly Hills, CA

Ideally, we would all grow up in a delightfully safe and warm environment, with caregivers perfectly attuned to our every need and supporting us every step of the way. Most of us do not experience this perfection, and that is totally ok. Without placing blame on your caregivers, we will identify the attachment experiences that were lacking for you and heal what was lost. Attachment therapy can help deepen your relationships, give you stronger emotional regulation skills, and spark your inner joy

— Laura Stephan, Psychologist in Roseville, MN

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

I have completed foundational certification in Theraplay - a parent-child attachment enhancing play therapy. The program also builds parenting confidence and positive parenting techniques. Theraplay has been used with children on the Autistic Spectrum and who have been fostered or adopted for many years. The treatment program is typically 18-25 weekly parent-child sessions and periodic parent-only sessions. Please enquire if you would like more information and I would be glad to email a handout.

— Robyn Holmes-Cannon, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

We all need at least one secure attachment in order to feel safe. Attachment based therapy addresses the ways in which we attach to a significant person in our lives, often time in unhelpful ways. Creating a secure attachment helps us to navigate life in independently and interdependently, allowing us to experience joy without anxiety or fear.

— Megan Moeller, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in ,