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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Attachment and personality issues can make you vulnerable to choices that are not in your best interest, such as in relationships and use of food and substances. Object Relations Therapy can help you deal with loneliness and emptiness and discover how you can heal today.

— Thomas Wood, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Bayside, WI

Our early experiences with primary caregivers can set the stage for how one approaches relationships throughout life. I work with clients to establish a trusting client-counselor relationship that can be used as a blueprint for strengthening other relationships and can serve as a foundation for vibrant mental health.

— Kristi Cash White, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

Our attachment-focused therapy delves into the deep-rooted patterns and relational dynamics that shape your attachment style by fostering understanding of how it influences their present relationships and emotional responses.

— Jeremy Kee, Licensed Professional Counselor

As my entry to the field began in research and theory, I enjoy incorporating Attachment Theory into the way I treat relationship issues, emotion regulation, and coping strategies. Maybe you find your mind waiting for the second shoe to drop when things are calm. Maybe conflict makes you shrink up and want to run the other way. Maybe you struggle to engage with the risk inherent to relationship. Attachment-based interventions can help us practice secure attachment behaviors (when it *is* safe).

— Grace (Bomar) Finn, Marriage & Family Therapist in Nashville, TN
 

Attachment to our caregivers, which begins to develop in our very first months of life, continues to shape who we become and how we make decisions for the rest of our lives. If our needs weren't properly met in our first experiences in childhood, it often leads to difficulty feeling emotionally safe in future relationships to friends, family, loved ones, peers, and even strangers. Our attachment styles can even influence our values, purpose in life, and major life decisions.

— Symona Stans, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

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
 

I have completed EFT externship with Sue Johnson, PhD as well as EFIT training where I have learned to address the impact of adult attachment styles on one's ability to build and maintain interpersonal relationships in personal and professional areas of life.

— Olga Goodman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in El Cajon, CA

Attachment wounds are at the core of many of our struggles, and this lens comes into all the work I do. I also have specific training in modalities such as EFT, and Attachment Focused EMDR.

— Emily Ingraham, Clinical Social Worker in Centennial, CO
 

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 Park City, Salt Lake and everywhere across Utah, UT

Some people say that unresolved attachment issues are at the root of most of our relational issues. Underneath fights with your partner and unsatisfying dating relationships is a desire to feel safe and secure in your relationship. Fights happen because we don't feel safe and connected. Using attachment-based approaches, I help clients identify, own and express important feelings, needs, and desires, leading to greater connection with themselves and others.

— Jane Thibodeau, Somatic Psychotherapist, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in , NC
 

I have training in attachment theory and utilize these concepts with individuals, families, and couples. My approach is to educate clients on various attachment styles and help them heal their own attachment wounds while learning to communicate and interact with others more effectively.

— Kahla Hill, Licensed Professional Counselor in Vestavia Hills, AL

As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and Certified Brainspotting practitioner, my knowledge and approach centers attachment issues throughout a person's lifespan.

— Jacqueline Casumbal, Psychotherapist in Gaithersburg, MD
 

Attachment style can impact how we relate to others and define our interpersonal relationships. Working from attachment theory, I help clients understand their own attachment style, how it developed, and how they can earn secure attachment within themselves to improve relationships and relational satisfaction.

— Kelli Spencer, Licensed Professional Counselor in SANDY SPRINGS, GA

Through my work and training as a couples therapist I have come to understand that we are social creatures and we need to feel safe. The way we were nurtured as children impact the way we form attachments now and they affect every aspect of our identity especially our relationships with others. One of the main approaches I use comes from an attachment lens. As a couples counselor I work with couples to strengthen their connection with their partner to heal attachment wounds.

— Elizabeth Bryant, Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA
 

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 these attachment concerns and how they affect you, and work through them.

— Mariah HallBilsback, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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
 

Humans are social creatures, but as we learn to protect ourselves emotionally we tend to keep others out. Some of us keep others at a distance. We rely on the strength of our fierce independence though inside we might be suffering on our own. Still others of us try very hard to connect, maybe trying too hard and pushing others away or maybe just quietly doubting that others actually like us. My approach explicitly focuses on building security within ourselves and closeness with others.

— Jesse Ludwig, Psychotherapist in Ellicott City, MD

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