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 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

If you ever had the feeling you were not good enough for your family, I can help you address the negative feelings that are occurring within you.

— Mary Nashed, Counselor in Chapel Hill, NC

In my trauma training, I have found that most of what leads us to seek therapy connects back to how we have learned to relate to ourselves and the world, from the time we were infants. My goal is to model a safe, healthy relationship for clients to learn how to engage in relationship in more adaptive ways. This is not to say that the therapeutic relationship will be perfect, but rather that there will be space for repair when the inevitable rupture does occur.

— Emma Shearer, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Atlanta, GA

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 Eagan, MN

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

Everything is relational. I support individuals and couples to identify communication challenges and attachment issues that complicate how they relate to one another and expression of needs.

— Aretha Hampton, Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

I love looking deeply at human connections and I am drawn to understanding, uncovering and exploring our earliest connections on earth - our attachments to our parents and other loved ones. These early attachment create templates we use in all relationships moving forward and sometimes we need to do some healing on our templates in order for us to love and be loved to the best of our abilities.

— Margie Slater, Clinical Psychologist in Encino, CA

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

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

Having a secure attachment creates the foundation for healthy and happy relationships and overall emotional well-being. When ruptures in attachment occur, or if secure attachment was not established in childhood, there are likely negative effects upon the social and emotional wellbeing of an individual, including the ability to appropriately attach and connect with others. I focus on awareness of and overcoming attachment related challenges and the negative impacts upon a person's life.

— Danielle Ensley, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Roseville, CA

If you ever had the feeling you were not good enough for your family, I can help you address the negative feelings that are occurring within you. Overcoming the feelings of rejection you experienced as a child can be a hurtful journey but I will guide every step of the way until you no longer feel rejected.

— Mary Nashed, Counselor in Chapel Hill, NC

We are all, to varying degrees, wounded by the relationships and stressors of our childhoods. If you have struggled with staying connected to others in your life, there is great news from the most recent neuroscience and psychological theory: healthy attachment can be earned as an adult, though time spent in healing relationship. If you are longing for more steady connection in your life, I can help with this.

— Katy Bullick, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

Sharing our vulnerable stories can be really scary. You don't need to do it alone. We all need an ear to hear us and a heart to understand us . I can provide a safe place for you to be vulnerable and start healing.

— Ivana Maclay, Counselor in Portland, OR

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

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 Lynchburg, VA

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

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

I have treated a great number of clients who struggle with various relationship issues and have worked with them on their capacity for emotional attachment informed by John Bowlby's attachment theory.

— Jasmina Bourgeois, Counselor in Chicago, IL

Relationships are our source of positive connection but also disappointment and pain. The ways you struggle with trust, forgiveness (of yourself and others), loneliness and care-giving are all related to the kind of attachment you seek and provide in your relationships. Templates for relationship are deeply affected by early experiences but are also shaped over your entire life. Shifting old patterns to build and sustain deeper relationships is crucial to feeling satisfied and whole.

— Jennie Merovick, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

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