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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I am Certified in Attachment Focused EMDR. I empower clients to develop a secure attachment style so they can enjoy healthy relationships. I work with clients that have experienced family of origin or relational trauma that created anxious attachment or avoidant attachment styles that now keep them from having the healthy relationships they want. I utilize inner child experiential techniques, CBT and other modalities to assist clients in developing their securely attached functional adult.

— Cindy Hyde, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

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
 

I support client in learning about their attachment styles and how it formed in childhood. This often looks like taking an attachment style quiz and looking at your relationships to see how your attachment style effects your relationships. We will also work on healing towards a more secure attachment style.

— Desiree Norwood, Psychotherapist

I work with clients struggling with insecure attachment and codependency affecting their relationships with friends, family, and romantic partners.

— Emily Echeverria, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Newport Beach, CA
 

I offer a supportive space to explore and address attachment issues. Grounded in Attachment Theory, I recognize the crucial role early relationships play in shaping our emotional well-being, influencing how we connect with others throughout our lives. We'll navigate feelings of insecurity, fear, or avoidance that may arise, fostering a healthier, more secure sense of attachment.

— Janice Reyes, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

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 Moon, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in , TX
 

Neuroscience shows us that we operate in patterns, based on past experience. Your sense of safety and connectedness with caregivers growing up, friends, and significant others impacts how you move through your world, and keeping this lens in mind can be hugely helpful. We can earn secure attachments with others and ourselves, no matter what our pasts held!

— Katie Vigneulle, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Seattle, WA

Attachment styles are not developed randomly. They are formed from all the "good" and "bad" encounters with our primary caretakers/family, which construct a mental and physical story of how we view and interact in our romantic, familial, and social relationships. These experiences can shape and distort our authentic self and influence our connections to others and the world. Gaining insight into your own attachment styles can be transformative in making shifts in creating deeper relationships.

— Matthew Cobb, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
 

I specialize in working with clients who frequently express apprehensions related to rejection and abandonment. My approach involves delving into their early life experiences, particularly their interactions within the parent-child dynamic, as well as their past romantic relationships. By exploring and understanding these foundational aspects, I illuminate how they shape and influence the clients' current patterns and dynamics of relationships.

— Mihika Poore, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

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
 

This theory focuses on exploring our early childhood attachment style, which has been created throughout our childhood with our caregivers. This attachment style lays a foundation for how we see the world and develop trust and is carried out into our future relationships with partners and close friends. I support clients by guiding them through a better understanding of their attachment style, as well as supporting clients to work through their past to a healthier attachment with others.

— Lisa Stoll, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Reno, NV

I have been trained in attachment theory and utilize it in my work with clients. I believe that the impacts of attachment styles developed in early childhood can show up in relationships through adulthood, and in the importance of working with and challenging them in a compassionate way to ensure healthy relational outcomes.

— Isha Kumar, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY
 

Human beings are wired for connection. I help clients explore their early attachment patterns and how they impact current connections. Together, we can uncover deep-rooted emotional dynamics, fostering healthier, more secure relationships.

— Paige Sutula, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Arvada, CO

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
 

How we attach to others has to do with who we are attaching to, how we see ourselves and what connection has looked like in the past. We often what to ascribe responsibility to someone for the level of discomfort and hurt that comes as a result of attachment challenges but the work of therapy is to shift from blaming or shaming to a place of care, curiosity and emotional security. Regardless of what causes the attachment wound, each situation is an opportunity for a correct experience.

— Ryan Chambers, Licensed Professional Counselor in Seattle, WA

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
 

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 help clients understand their attachment style, learn what is getting in the way of secure attachment, and normalize/contextualize those issues. I use reparenting to increase your ability to self-soothe. And I use somatic approaches, such as parts work, to assist you in healing from old attachment wounds.

— Heather Lenox, Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC
 

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