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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Most of my work includes an attachment perspective and the development of our attachment styles to understand the re-emergence of relational patterns in our current life. I utilize a combination of evidenced-based treatment modalities to create a robust understanding of the interpersonal system. Attachment work can include individual, couples, family, or group work.

— Kyle McEvoy, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

We all need at least one secure attachment in order to feel safe. Attachment based therapy addresses the ways in which we attach to a significant person in our lives, often time in unhelpful ways. Creating a secure attachment helps us to navigate life in independently and interdependently, allowing us to experience joy without anxiety or fear.

— Megan Moeller, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in ,

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

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

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

I focus on how we learned to attach to others throughout our lives. What lesson's did we learn about trust? What emotions were accepted and which were rejected? I have seen how learning about how we connected with others from a very young age teaches us about how we connect with others now. When we explore these learned reactions we can relearn our relationships and be more compassionate with ourselves in our own journeys to connect with others.

— Stephanie Boulton, Counselor in Boulder, CO

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

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

My goal is to empower clients to both understand and communicate their needs within their relationships. I focus on attachment experiences, trauma, & family history & how it is observed through communication styles, relational & security needs, etc.

— MacKenzie Knapp, Marriage & Family Therapist in Tacoma, WA

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

Attachment is the basis of everything in our lives. I have done extensive work with attachment in all areas including parent - child, child-parent, partner-partner etc. By healing attachment issues, many other mental health needs are relieved or lessened.

— Lindsey King, Counselor in Philadelphia, PA

Part of what makes us human is relating to others, but doing that doesn't come as "naturally" as it may seem it should. Our survival and overall outlook on life are dependant on the kind and quality of relationships. I use an Emotionally Focused lens and strategies, along with some somatic work with EMDR to help re-process past hurts and work towards healthy dependency.

— Anna Gray Baker, Psychotherapist

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

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

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

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