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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Our attachment style begins to develop when we are very young children. Ideally, it is a secure attachment but often due to a variety of reasons it is insecure or even avoidant. This impacts adult relationships in ways that people are often unaware. If you need help understanding yourself in your personal relationships, Jeannette York can help.

— Jeannette York, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Toluca Lake, CA

Using the Attachment Theory Model, I will work with you strength any areas of need while improving greater satisfaction in relationships.

— Pallavi Lal, MS, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ
 

Sometimes you wonder, "Is there something about ME that makes me unlovable to my mom, or is there something about HER and she is not able to show love in a way that feels like love." An infant's ability to trust her mother to meet her needs affects the parent/child relationship through their life. The need for connection, acceptance, and consistent love & support from a mom does not go away when a child moves out. If your relationship with your mom hurts, I can help. I've been there myself.

— Renee Cagle, Licensed Professional Counselor in Frisco, TX

Attachment styles are the way we act and react in relationships. It is formed early in life by our first caregivers and then greatly influenced by relationships we have throughout our lives. I believe that attachment styles are as unique as fingerprint. When individuals and couples have a deeper understanding their attachment styles, communication and connection have the opportunity to grow.

— Kelly Edwards, Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX
 

When it comes to couples counseling, attachment-focused therapy is a game-changer. It recognizes that our emotions are at the heart of our relationships, and that by better understanding and managing our emotions, we can create deeper, more meaningful connections with our partners. Couples learn to identify and express their emotional needs and to learn how to respond to their partner's emotional states in a supportive and caring way.

— Marla Mathisen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Convenient and effective online relationship therapy in Denver, Littleton, Aurora, Golden and everywhere across Colorado, CO

I believe that attachment is the foundation for all relationships. I help my clients to understand their attachment style and how this may be preventing them from living the life that they want/.

— Kellita Thompson, Marriage & Family Therapist in Brentwood, TN
 

Attachment wounds lead to feelings of abandonment or rejection. We all deserve to feel like we belong. I am trained in attachment theory, or Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) which is clinically proven as the most effective treatment for couples. I have been an EFT client, and I know how hard yet rewarding this work can be. I love integrating art, mindfulness, or body work with EFT because my clients learn new and deeper ways to feel their emotions and connect with themselves and others.

— Hannah Schaler, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA

Our relationship with those closest to us affects how we form our own identities, and impacts how we interact with everyone else around us. Attachment and trauma experiences go hand in hand, and play a huge role in how and why one experiences mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, low self-worth, anger, dissociation, and so much more. I aim to help you recognize how you identify attachment concerns and how they affect you, and work through them in sessions.

— Mariah HallBilsback, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

I have specialty training in how trauma suffered during childhood impacts ongoing attachment styles.

— Chelsea Williams, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Bellingham, WA

I work with mentalizatiion-based treatments and the Brown?Elliot Three Pillars model of attachment disorder repair.

— Scott Hoye, Psychologist in Chicago, IL
 

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

Attachment lies at the core of everything we say and do. It's impossible to talk about good mental health without it.

— Eric Wittkopf, Therapist in Roseville, MN
 

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

Babies cannot survive on their own. They need a caregiver to help them. If the caregiving we received was not "good enough" or we experienced early childhood trauma like birth trauma, surgeries, illness and extended separations, we likely developed an insecure attachment. I help clients find safety in relationships again and break patterns of clinging, avoidance, blaming and minimizing. Through trauma informed, IFS, somatic, inner child work I help clients rebuild their foundations.

— S. L. McIntyre, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

This is my greatest area of mental health training. I worked for five years in early childhood development with attachment specialists, have a graduate certificate in infant mental health, have been endorsed at two levels in infant mental health practice (Level II and Level III), and was an infant mental health therapist for three years. What this means is that I deeply understand and have seen how our experiences from in-utero onward shape our development and sense of self.

— Janaki Tremaglio, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

I have worked with clients who experienced attachment issues from childhood that have now impacted their adult relationships. This includes intimate relationships. Understanding your attachment style can allow you to make changes that will improve your relationships with others.

— Troy Hylan, Counselor in Shreveport, LA
 

I believe that our early attachment relationships shape how we view ourselves and impact how we function in relationships. By healing our attachment wounds, we can learn how to connect to our emotions and thrive in safe, healthy relationships.

— Sarah McCune, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

Healthy Attachment to self, family, community, and the world can all be in need of support and counseling. I am able to support you in your work to build healthy attachment rooted in your unique wholeness

— Erin Mullins, Student Therapist in Bothell, WA
 

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