Attachment Theory

Attachment theory, first developed by John Bowlby, is a psychology concept focused on the importance of attachment in relation to personal development. According to Bowlby’s theory, attachment is not a one-time event, but an ongoing process that begins at birth and continues through the first years of life. Fundamental to attachment theory is the belief that a child's relationship with the primary caregiver (usually the mother), affects their attachment style for the rest of their life. Unresolved or insecure attachment issues experienced in early childhood can have a negative impact on relationships into adulthood. A therapist who specializes in attachment theory can help.  Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s experts today!

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Attachment theory, first developed by John Bowlby, is a psychology concept focused on the importance of attachment in relation to personal development. Fundamental to attachment theory is the belief that a child's relationship with the primary caregiver (usually the mother), affects their attachment style for the rest of their life. Unresolved or insecure attachment issues experienced in early childhood can have a negative impact on relationships into adulthood.

— Jon Soileau, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Kansas City, MO

I love working within the lens of attachment because it allows us to identify connections between how we were taught to form relationships and how we are currently forming relationships. There is a lot of insight to be gained when you examine early development. Naming your attachment style can help you clarify your needs, triggers, ideal traits in a partner, and so much more.

— Hailey Hughes, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX
 

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 utilize attachment theory, mindfulness, transpersonal, analytic, cognitive, and humanistic psychotherapy in my practice. I consider essential aspects of an in-depth therapeutic experience.

— Dr. Nadia Thalji, Psychotherapist in San Francisco, CA
 

In the early stages of our development, we start to establish a conceptualization of the minds of others and how well they can understand our inner world. This capacity to understand the minds of ourselves and others is rooted in our ability to attach with others and build trusting relationships securely. This capacity helps increase emotional regulation, alternative perspective-taking, executive functioning, behavioral modification, and more.

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

We use attachment models that consider the part-whole dynamic, working to utilize the therapeutic relationship to reinforce positive experiences within existing systems. Theraplay strategies, Child-Parent Relational Therapy, parental training and education, and the Attachment Trauma Protocol fo Children, are utilized based on individual need.

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

I have received formal training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and continue to receive ongoing training and supervision in this model. EFT is an evidence-based model rooted in attachment theory that is proven to help couples and individuals navigate distress and foster long-lasting connection and change.

— Maureen "Eula Lys" Backman, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pacifica, CA

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— Jey Youngberg, Therapist
 

I have trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) as well as studied other sources of attachment theory, and ways that this shows up in our individual patterns as well as relationship dynamics.

— Grace Ballard, Sex Therapist

Strong attachment = good mental health. My goal is to model a healthy relationship that can then be applied in the outside world including exploring and discovering emotions. I want my clients to have a genuine experience of their self and believe they are unique and lovable. Being heard = feeling validated.

— David Strah, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

Attachment theory explores the inner working model of how you relate to yourself, others, and the world. When you are aware of your attachment style, you can understand the reasons you feel the way you do and act the way you do in relationships. Working from an attachment lens in therapy gives you the power to understand the core beliefs influencing your experiences in relationships and shift those beliefs and experiences to being more secure.

— Dr. Kathryn Moore Williams, Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA

Attachemnt is the basis from which we form relationships

— Erin Callahan, Therapist in , MD