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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Psychodynamic therapy focuses on understanding the relationship you have between yourself and others, yourself to yourself, and yourself and me (these relationship patterns can be broadly termed "attachment patterns/styles"). CBT therapies like ACT focus on the interrelationship between thinking patterns and styles, behavioral patterns, and emotional patterns. I draw from the strengths of both approaches to tailor therapy to your unique needs.

— Jed Blore, Social Worker in Seattle, WA

Attachment is at the core of our human experience. The relationship with caregivers informs our view of our self and our sense of safety in the world. If we had caregivers who were distant, emotionally unavailable or emotionally stunted, abusive, inconsistent- this all leaves an imprint on our nervous system and beliefs. Or in other words, our ability to feel safe with self and with other. Working on our attachment system is deeply profound work and can lead to more satisfying relationships.

— Nicole Nakamura, Licensed Professional Counselor

The quality of your first attachments are important and lay foundation to all relationships that come afterward. I work with individuals that notice that they want stronger or more intimate friendships and relationships with those around them. You can work through your attachment wounds and gain more secure attachments with those around you.

— Maria Trimble, Licensed Professional Counselor in , WI

Attachment is the most important indicator of how we will show up in relationships later in life. How we attached, meaning how safe and connected we felt to our caregivers and other safe adults when we were younger is often how safe and connected we will feel in our adult relationships. We all experience attachment wounds and I use Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR to help heal from attachment wounds so you can create a better relationship with yourself and those you love and care about.

— Londa Kauffman Bissell, Therapist in JACKSONVILLE, FL

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

I have completed 2 years psychoanalytic psychotherapy training with at the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. It's primary focus is on relationships and how they affect who we are or believe we are in the world, with others and with ourselves. I am passionate about relational work and how "symptoms" crop up as a way to help us adjust to both old and new experiences.

— Patricia Holdahl, Psychotherapist in Edina, MN

We offer Attachment Assessments to help you uncover and explore your attachment style. We also utilize Attachment Theory in psychotherapy to find connections between your early life and difficult present experiences.

— Spaces Therapy, Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

I'm immensely passionate about attachment theory, attachment parenting, attachment styles and helping clients resolve attachment wounds/trauma. Being social creatures, it makes sense that our relationships can "make or break us." Unfortunately, many of us carry wounds from broken attachments and as a result make choices that go against our own best interest or hurt others. When we understand attachment and how it has impacted us, we can know ourselves deeper and heal.

— Jennifer Dolphin, Licensed Professional Counselor in Anchorage, AK

From the moment of your creation, you are attached; however, so many are wounded by the byproduct of that attachment. We spend much of our time letting painful moments inform our futures, or our families futures, and this steals from our joy in the present moment. We believe healthy relationships are the only pathway to healing, and to take steps toward something different is a risk. We believe the therapeutic relationship can be the first healthy step toward new attachment experiences.

— The Wellness Counseling Center, LLC and Prairie Wellness Counseling Center, LLC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Overland Park, KS

I have additional training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy which utilizes and attachment perspective to help heal the bonds between you and your partner(s).

— Sarah Newcomer, Marriage & Family Therapist in Columbus, OH

A lot of people experience trauma within their family of origin. I work with developmental (also known as complex) and attachment (ways of learning how to emotionally bond) trauma which includes growing up in alcoholism, abuse, conflict, parent death and/or any traumatic experience endured during childhood. As a result, a lot of people develop a type of insecure attachment that impacts their current relationships (i.e. dependency, fear, conflict, anxiety).

— Natalie Stemati, Psychologist in Denver, CO

I have completed foundational certification in Theraplay - a parent-child attachment enhancing play therapy. The program also builds parenting confidence and positive parenting techniques. Theraplay has been used with children on the Autistic Spectrum and who have been fostered or adopted for many years. The treatment program is typically 18-25 weekly parent-child sessions and periodic parent-only sessions. Please enquire if you would like more information and I would be glad to email a handout.

— Robyn Holmes-Cannon, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

I have developed my knowledge and experience working with attachment theory in practice through participating in the Attachment, Affect Regulation and the Reflective Function in Analytical (Depth) Psychotherapy Consultation Group at the Jung Institute of Chicago during 2021 and through ongoing consultation with Arlo Campaan Phd, a senior psychoanalyst and supervisor on psychoanalytic psychotherapy and attachment based practice, also since 2021.

— Ethan Finley, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Columbus, OH

I completed a post-grad program at Denver Family Institute that resulted in a certificate in Marriage/Couples and Family Therapy. During my 3.5 years at Denver Family Institute, I received instruction on a variety of attachment theories. I have worked with many clients over my 6 years as a therapist, using attachment theories to help them understand themselves and others by thoughtfully examining behaviors and reflecting on both past and present, significant relationships.

— Ashley Gray, Social Worker in Arvada, CO