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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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

I utilize an approach that blends attachment work, insight and skills needed to thrive in relationships or change faulty relational patterns.

— kaitlin wiechert, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Bernardino, CA
 

My foundational approach works on relational connection as a tool for healing embedded trauma. Many of my clients have suffered disruption in their ability to properly connect with others, and live in a constant state of activation which can manifest as stress, depression, disorganization, loss of executive function, overwhelm, and isolation. We will work together to find your sense of safety in order to restore your nervous system's natural ability to heal and connect with others.

— Jamie Eastman, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

Attachment issues can profoundly impact how we relate to others, perceive ourselves, and navigate life's challenges. In therapy, we embark on a journey to explore these patterns, understand their origins, and cultivate healthier ways of connecting and feeling secure. My approach integrates compassion, insight, and evidence-based interventions to support you in developing more fulfilling and secure relationships with yourself and others. Together, we'll work towards healing past wounds and build

— Cassandra Enriquez, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in New York, NY
 

An individual with attachment challenges may struggle in relationships ( Maintaining them, trusting other people, feeling safe in a relationship and forming healthy bonds with others. Creating healthy emotional bonds has a tremendous impact on our lives. Let me help you create the sense of belonging with your loves ones!

— Fatemah Dhirani, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

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 developing healthy relationships and ultimately living the life that they want.

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

Attachment is the bond in relationships, it is the glue that connects one person to another. Our attachment styles are learned survival mechanisms that either help us feel secure and worthy of love and affection in our relationships, or insecure and fearful of being hurt or abandoned in love. Insecure attachment can cause us to feel depressed, anxious, and fearful. I have specialized in this area and use my knowledge of Attachment Theory blended with numerous other modalities that are wholistic.

— Rachel Donohue-Dupler, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pueblo, CO

I have specialty training in how trauma suffered during childhood impacts ongoing attachment styles. This is my primary area of expertise.

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

Our early bonds shape how we connect. When these bonds are insecure, it can lead to attachment issues impacting relationships and self-esteem. As an attachment specialist, I help clients understand their style (anxious, avoidant, etc.) and explore past hurts. Through therapy, we rewrite limiting stories and build secure connections for a more fulfilling life.

— Molly Stackhouse, Licensed Professional Counselor in Prince Frederick, MD

Every wonder why relationships seem so hard? Or think about how you relate to others or how others relate to you? What does that internal narrative say? What were the messages you absorbed growing up? How did those messages develop your reactions and narrative about the self and your relationships? When trauma or disruption occurs, we lose the ability to foster connections built on trust, ultimately compromising intimacy whether with a spouse, friend, partner, or child.

— Nahrain Tavolacci, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist in Roselle, IL
 

Trained in psychodynamic and relational theories that help individuals understand their early and ongoing attachments to other people in their life.

— Emily Russell, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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
 

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 Trembath, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Covington, WA

Issues of attachment show up when you find yourself frustrated in key relationships - whether with your partner, your own parents, children, or close friends. Identifying why your instinctive patterns aren't working for you, and taking steps to improve them, requires awareness of these factors and knowledge of where to go from there. That's where I come in!

— Larissa Smith, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

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

Our attachment styles develop when we are young. These patterns affect the way we relate in relationships during both easy and challenging moments. Experiential and practical exercises will help you know your own attachment style. You will find tools to support you to lean into relationships that are healthy as well as learn to ask for what you need and set appropriate boundaries. The capacity to lean into someone, to trust someone and let them trust you, is a great gift.

— Samantha Terriss, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
 

Attachment can be a helpful roadmap to explore and integrate into understanding yourself, others and your relationship dynamics. I have taken many trainings on how to best understand each individual person and their relational strengths as well as identify 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