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

Some people say that unresolved attachment issues are at the root of most of our relational issues - and I would have to agree. Underneath fights with your partner is a desire to feel safe and secure in your relationship. Fights happen because we don't feel safe and connected. I use proven interventions based on the science of attachment theory to help clients identify and express their important feelings and needs, leading to less conflict and greater connection with others.

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

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 is the home base from which we relate to ourselves, others, and the world. I specialize in helping my client understand their attachment style as a way to process the relational or self-esteem issues they may be struggling with. I have found that understanding attachment can have a profound impact on how my client are able to navigate their life in new ways that feel more authentic and connected.

— Jessica Torrecillas, Clinical Psychologist in San Jose, CA

Your family of origin forms the basis of how you engage and attach to others as adults. It's key to understanding how engage with others in the present. The type of caregiver you had—attentive, insensitive, or inconsistent—influences your ability to connect with your partner. The great news: YOU CAN CHANGE! We identify your relational dance and move on to help you grown into each other safely and happily by replacing negative feedback loops with positive feedback loops.

— Lisa Rainwater, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Winston Salem, NC

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

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

My approach focuses on healing attachment wounds and attachment trauma using a somatic trauma treatment approach: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. I am trained in Level 2 of SP, as well as Embodied Recovery for the Treatment of Eating Disorders, Mind-Body Medicine, and certified in the Safe and Sound Protocol.

— Karen Helfrich, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Attachment is one of those pieces that we can carry for a long time, and struggle to understand. I use EMDR, IFS, and brainspotting to help you lean in and gain an in-depth understanding of yourself so that you can learn how you adapt and function. In this process, you also learn to see yourself as human and love the human that is inside.

— Rachelle Friedman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

We find how you are attached to help you understand yourself and your relationships. Being securely attached is important to our mental health and well being.

— Vanesa Art, Licensed Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ

As we grow, our brains develop by the relationships that show us how to attach to others. Many of us become a person by learning what adults and peers expect of us, and attempting to meet those expectations to gain approval and belonging. This can leave us fragmented and uncertain of our authentic selves. Therapy can be a place where you can develop secure attachment to transform yourself and the relationships in your life.

— Bryan Owens, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Indianapolis, IN

Completed attachment based training, including EFIT and EFT. I believe that most of the symptoms bringing people to therapy are the result of nervous system dysregulation secondary to childhood attachment traumas. Caregivers' inability to attune to a child, lack of modeling of appropriate emotion management, and child's efforts to adjust to their flawed environments, etc. all lead to long term difficulties with navigating interpersonal relationships and sense of internal turmoil.

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

Attachment Theory is paramount in the work that I do with my clients. I utilize psychoeducation with my clients to help them understand Attachment Theory and how that relates to the emotional bond they feel with others, particularly with their partner. I help my clients identify their attachment styles. Once they can identify their style, they can understand what they are longing for and be able to communicate their needs to their partner in a healthier, more effective way.

— Nicole Benson, Therapist in Inver Grove Heights, MN

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

Do you have difficulty being vulnerable in your relationships? Do you find yourself unable to reach the level of closeness or emotional depth you desire? I would love to help. I deeply enjoy helping people connect with others in their lives in ways they never thought possible. This usually entails giving yourself a chance to explore what has been getting in the way, which often means taking a compassionate look at the first relationships you developed in your life.

— Nancy Juscamaita, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in ,

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

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 Professional Counselor Associate 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