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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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

Part of what makes us human is relating to others, but doing that doesn't come as "naturally" as it may seem it should. Our survival and overall outlook on life are dependant on the kind and quality of relationships. I use an Emotionally Focused lens and strategies, along with some somatic work with EMDR to help re-process past hurts and work towards healthy dependency.

— Anna Gray Baker, Psychotherapist
 

It is my belief that attachment style formulates from childhood and can be influenced and repaired well into our senior years. Creating a consistent trusting safe haven space for a client to experience a new way of being in relationship is critical. Additionally, I have participated in specific Somatic training to work with the younger physiology underneath a client's attachment style first versus from the cognitive brain. This has the potential to create longer lasting results.

— Vanessa Tate, Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO

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
 

I view clients through the lens of Attachment Theory. I strongly believe in the science of attachment.

— Sana Raza Hussain, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Austin, TX

As a somatically-trained therapist, I draw upon my knowledge of the neurobiology of attachment to create spaces where clients can continually arrive at a felt sense of relationship, build neural networks of connection and heal attachment wounds.

— Natalia Oncina, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate
 

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

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
 

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 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
 

Working from an attachment framework means I have a deep understanding of how our early caregiver connections affected our ability to soothe ourselves, to ask for help when we need it and to connect with ourselves and others. These early attachments can show up in our adult life even if we are not yet conscious of it. While many of us were hurt by not receiving the love and nurturance we deserved as little ones, we also heal in loving supportive authentic relationships. These are possible.

— Megan Satterfield, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

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
 

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 ,

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

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
 

I use inner child work to heal and re-parent.

— Aurora Molitoris, Mental Health Counselor in Overland Park, KS