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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It is my belief that attachment style formulates from childhood and can be influenced and repaired well into our senior years. Creating a consistent trusting safe haven space for a client to experience a new way of being in relationship is critical. Additionally, I have participated in specific Somatic training to work with the younger physiology underneath a client's attachment style first versus from the cognitive brain. This has the potential to create longer lasting results.

— Vanessa Tate, Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO

I help participants gain and explore their relational awareness as well as form a more secure attachment through consistency and safety built over time and felt in our alliance.

— Ariana Chemtob, Psychotherapist in New York, NY

A lot of people experience trauma within their family of origin. I work with developmental (childhood) 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 specialize in helping people transform complex trauma.

— laurie berson, Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

Early attachment patterns set essential templates for the future and influence: our ability to connect and feel secure in adult relationships with our partners, children and important others and the manner in which we come to love (or hate) ourselves. These patterns are essential to our future ability to maintain control of our emotions and recover from stressful events. For all of these reasons, I view repairing failures/disruptions/losses in early relationships as essential to my work.

— Dr. LeShelle Woodard, Clinical Psychologist in Hanover, MA

Attachment theory is based in the need for a "secure base" from our start. Experiences create our "blueprint" for life. Some of our early experiences lack optimal security and this leads to difficulties in all relationships. Especially with our closest family members. Attachment theory also suggests that we can change. We can become our own secure base and break the change of intergenerational trauma, neglect, abuse through exploration with a therapist with knowledge of attachment theory.

— Liz Walker, Therapist

Attachment is important, not only throughout childhood, but in adulthood as well. It can influence how we connect in our adult relationships (in particular, our partnerships) and how we experience and process grief. Through a particular theory, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), I guide my couples through identifying and effectively communicating underlining emotions contributing to problematic interactions with their partner.

— Brittany Squillace, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Prior Lake, MN

Children are wired to seek attachment to caregivers. Many disruptive behaviors can be seen as attempts to gain attention and love, even if they are counterproductive. I help children and parents to heal potential attachment disruptions, promoting feelings of safety, belonging, and connection. I studied attachment theory extensively in graduate school and have implemented therapy with children and families using attachment modalities.

— Julianne Fox, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Walnut Creek, CA

Attachment is all about how we relate, connect, and behave in our interpersonal relationships. We are motivated by feeling belonging and significance. Attachment touches on every aspect of our lives and can be the source of much pain or much soothing and comfort. If you experience a lot of pain in your relationships, I can help you grow to experience the joy and connection healthy relationships can offer.

— Lauren Krause, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Ana, CA

I have worked with many clients who have struggles related to attachment difficulties that can be traced back to developmental traumas, including early childhood loss, abuse, abandonment, or parental mental illness.

— jeana buchanan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

Our family of origin sets us up for our "modes" of attachment where current relationships can still trigger our past feelings of abandonment, rejection, invalidation, etc. along with their correlating sensations in the body. This all makes for a difficult time navigating current relationships, even if they are healthy. I enjoy showing clients where attachment styles may affect them currently in relationship and how we can heal past wounds creating a sense of wholeness they've never had before.

— Kelley Goodwin, Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA

I take an interpersonal lens when working with clients in order to understand how we relate to others. I believe humans are social creatures (even if we don't want to be) that were socialized through our caregivers, taking those lessons with us into our present. I find it beneficial to look at interpersonal dynamics to help inform treatment. I've worked within the couples framework, as well as invididual's sessions to take a closer look at our insight in how we attach to others.

— Megan Marshall, Counselor in Corvallis, OR

Learning about attachment and how much of an impact it has on trauma and mental health was one of the main reasons I wanted to specialize in it. It is necessary that I gather a client's family history early on in the process, almost every client I have worked with has suffered from sort of disorganized or anxious attachment bond with their caregiver in their childhood and it was a great and easier way for me to explain to them why they interact the way they do in their current relationships.

— Kendall Davis, Therapist in Atlanta, GA

The core of attachment therapy is to help you identify your Attachment style and its challenges. Therefore, by learning the exact language for each Attachment style and specific corrective experiences you can heal early wounds. Usually attachment underlies most of the other mental and emotional issues people look help for. A secure attachment shapes our future relationships, helps with emotional regulation and resilience through life.

— Isabel Kirk, Licensed Professional Counselor in Falls Church, VA

Adult attachment injuries, no matter the time we've received them, can impact how were perceive the world as safe and trusting. Let's find patterns that no longer help you and replace them with patterns and skills that invite compassion and love for self and others.

— Kayla Lajoie, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Ann Arbor, MI

Attachment styles are formed early in life by our caregivers and then greatly influenced by relationships we have throughout our lives. I believe that attachment styles are as unique as fingerprint. By supporting individuals and couples better understand their attachment styles

— Kelly Edwards, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

I specialize in helping people attend to their emotional worlds through learning to self-regulate and co-regulate. Attachment is the root of regulation -- our felt sense of safety and connection. Together, we can explore your early experiences of connection and safety (or lack thereof) to understand how your attachment system is impacted and practice new ways of attending to your self.

— Meggie Twible, Therapist in Arlington Heights, IL

My focus of study in graduate school was object relations psychotherapy. It was the therapeutic theory that first ignited my passion for working as a therapist and its focus is on our style of attachment/patterns in the way we connect with others. I have found that having a strong foundation in this particular therapy has helped me understand every client I meet with a greater level of depth and it continues to inform and guide the way I work with each client.

— Amanda Predmore, Counselor in Kirkland, WA

Are you easily agitated or irritable? Do you become easily upset with your partner? Have there been times when it's easier to avoid a situation then have to address the issues? You may be identifying with anxious and/or avoidant attachment styles. I can help you identify your type of attachment style and find ways to better manage your emotions and communicate effectively with those closest to you.

— Susie Ibrahim, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Tustin, CA

We all live in relation to others and the world around us, attachment plays a big role in how we interact in the world around us. Our early attachments set up a road map for us about what relationships are, feel like and should be; good, bad, or nutty these road maps impact our current relationships to varying degrees. If your road map has too many pot holes or detours we can find alternate routes that fit your current life and the relationships you want to have.

— Lynda Martin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in New York, NY

I use the therapeutic relationship to model healthy relationship qualities. I can support your own healing from attachment wounds and disruptions, and also support your ability to parent from your values.

— Leah Gregory, Counselor in Portland, OR

Attachment concerns and relational trauma impact most people today in one way or another. These concerns can often impact future relationships in a number of ways, including: difficulty challenging roles or patterns from previous relationships, difficulty trusting, and difficulty asserting relationship wants and needs. I view the therapeutic relationship as a healthy space to process through these experiences and identify authentic ways to relate with others.

— Kayla Estenson Williams, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , MN

I am a relational & attachment oriented therapist, meaning I frame everything I do in these paradigms. As a somatic oriented attachment therapist we will explore early issues around bonding, how they show up in the body and how they affect your current interpersonal connections. I sues safe somatic touch and movement to get us out of our heads and into the somatic mind, the body and bring safety into the attachment system.

— Erica Berman, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

I am well-versed in Dan Siegel's attachment and neuroscience theories and have done both personal and professional work around these issues. Healthy attachment starts in a relationship and can be relearned later in life.

— Kira Mogilevsky, Counselor in Seattle, WA

Many parents are especially concerned about children who already have issues when transitioning away from each other. My current goal is to help parents teach their child skills that will teach independence so they will have time to work and manage their own self-care while everyone is at home.

— Amy Massie, Counselor in Keller, TX

Our attachment systems are biological and created before birth. They develop in conjunction with our nervous systems, telling us how to navigate relationships safely and securely. When we experience early childhood trauma, neglect, abuse, and volatility our attachment systems develop in a maladaptive way. This directly impacts how you navigate relationships and connections. I have done in-depth attachment training to help people create healthy relationships. This is one of my true passions.

— Patrick Casale, Counselor in asheville, NC