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Marriage & Family Therapist in Camillus, NY
Supervised by Michelle C VanHatten New York / 001254
I have experience working with autistic kids, trainings in sensory integration, and am involved in neurodiverse communities on social media. I frequently listen to actually autistic voices for input on support and have a large network of resources and referrals for this community.
I have experience working with children with ADHD, trainings in sensory intergration, and I am involved in neurodiverse communities on social media.
"It's all about relationships!" was the slogan of my graduate program. This is essentially the message behind attachment theory. I have studied attachment theory extensively throughout my graduate program and post degree; I strongly believe in its principles. Feeling secure and attached to our loved ones is everything and the attachment style developed growing up greatly affects how we attach to others as adults.
In attachment, we can develop secure or insecure attachments. Insecure attachments can look like avoidance, ambivalence, anxiety, or all of the above. According to the research, how are needs are met as infants (e.g. crying for food), depicts a lot about what type of attachment style we develop to our caregivers. If we are left crying with no need met, we can become avoidant and learn to self-soothe. If our cries are met with inconsistent care, we can become ambivalent and anxious and confused.
The couples counseling work that I do is based on the principles of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) developed by Susan Johnson. This approach is also rooted in attachment theory.
During my time in my graduate program I completed coursework in emotionally focused couples therapy developed by Susan Johnson. In this course, I learned the basic principles of EFT and how to apply it in therapy. With EFT, couples will learn their "dance" and how to change their dance to where they are moving more in sync with each other, expressing their individual needs, and meeting each others needs.