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 Theory states that your relationships with your primary caregiver(s) as an infant & adolescent laid the groundwork for your primary relationships as an adult. Most attachment (relationship) issues ultimately boil down to 2 questions: "Is it safe to be me?" and/or "Do you love me, just as I am?" These are tender places. I'm here to provide a safe & loving place for you to explore these questions, as well as their impact on your relationships.

— Anneva NK Garner, Counselor in Longmont, CO

In my work with childhood issues; much of what I've seen throughout treatment leads me back to a rupture of attachment with a primary caregiver. I am passionate about learning more about infant/toddler mental health; serving those who would like to heal broken familial connections.

— Brittney George, Licensed Professional Counselor in , VA
 

As babies, we come into the world quickly forming relationships with our caregivers. Those caregivers can either be a source of safety and connection or a distant or harsh parent. As children dependent on our caregivers we begin to create safety for ourselves in any way we can. As we grow older we carry these ways of survival with us which plays out in our adult relationships. These may manifest in us as codependency, low self-esteem, and people-pleasing.

— Joshua Bogart, Professional Counselor Associate in Beaverton, OR

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 Perkins, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
 

A key task of infancy and childhood -- an essential element in growing up to feel secure, confident, with high self-esteem -- is the formation of secure attachments to reliable, loving caregivers. I work with those who didn't have this experience growing up, to build what is called "earned secure attachment" -- the work of building those same internal circuits in adulthood, which were not adequately built in childhood.

— Bob Fischer, Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

There are times we find ourselves in relationships where we have difficulty communicating our intentions clearly, or we find that we can't establish a safe, emotional connection with our partner or partners. Looking at integral stories from experiences in one's family of origin, as well as getting a sense of ways that people adapt to meet their own needs in a relationship, as well as their partner's or partners' needs can help with establishing ways of connecting that feel more authentic.

— Kendra Smith, Associate Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

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

— Scott Hoye, Psychologist in Chicago, IL

The majority of my caseload had been working with clients who not only present with trauma, but also present with attachment disruptions throughout their lives. There is a correlation between trauma and attachment.

— Vilmary Lopez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Franklin, MA
 

I use inner child work to heal and re-parent.

— Aurora Molitoris, Mental Health Counselor in Overland Park, KS

I work with clients who need to rebuild trust in relationships, inner child work, codependency and realizing they are capable of taking care of themselves without relying solely on others to bring a sense of purpose.

— Amanda Lovin, Licensed Professional Counselor in Conyers, GA
 

I help clients understand their personal attachment styles and challenges and normalize/contextualize those challenges. I use reparenting and somatic approaches to healing attachment wounds.

— Heather Lenox, Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC

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
 

The therapeutic relationship can serve as a microcosm for other relationships in our lives. I strive to establish a connection with my clients that allows space for experimentation, exploration of early and repetitive relational patterns, and practicing rupture and repair.

— Lauren Traitz, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

My clinical training has been largely in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic modalities, which place emphasis on early relationships, rupture and repair, and the intersubjective space between client and therapist.

— Lauren Traitz, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

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

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
 

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

My training is in attachment relationships, how they influence us, and their impact on how we see ourselves and what we expect from others.

— Annie Alesandrini, Psychotherapist