Attachment theory was originated in the 1930’s through the work of John Bowlby, a psychiatrist, known for treating emotionally disturbed children. It is a concept that includes the importance of attachment in regards to personal development and relationships. Bowby believed that a strong physical and emotional attachment to at least one primary caregiver is critical to personal development. Therapists using attachment theory can help clients identify their personal attachment style. Knowing your attachment style can help you gain a better understanding of how you relate to yourself and others.
Local Experts in Attachment Theory
Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Group Therapy
Trained in both PACT and Restoration couples therapy modalities, along with the LifeSTAR individual and group therapy models, Attachment theory is at the center of these 3 modalities. Learning one's attachment style/type allows for greater insight into reasons for problematic relational connections.
Couples Therapy, Individual Therapy, Family Therapy
Attachment theory is a psychological model attempting to describe the dynamics of long-term and short-term interpersonal relationships between humans. This follows that a strong emotional and physical attachment to at least one primary caregiver is critical to personal development.
Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy
Attachment theory helps us see why deeply held beliefs are formed and how they impact our current relationships. Attachment are the behaviors, thought processes, and state of being that we see and experience on a daily basis. In my mind, attachment is the why behind all that we do.
Group Therapy, Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy
In working with all clients, I like to get an understanding of attachment style and history as I find that knowing this information is extremely helpful in understanding better how each client relates to others. With couples, the PACT model approach includes attachment investigation on many levels including each partner's attachment style which is the crucial data I collect to help couples repair.
I believe that although we all have individual work to do that we ultimately find final healing through and within our relationships (partner, family, peers). I believe our early bonds impact our social, emotional, and cognitive development. I assess attachment styles and the dynamics they create and am always keeping in mind how a client's early relationships may be impacting them currently.
How we formed attachments in our early years impacts how we operate within our adult relationships. The most healing aspect of therapy is the therapeutic relationship itself. I weave attachment theory throughout the course of therapy and help clients understand their specific attachment style.
Couples Therapy, Individual Therapy
Are you there for me? Do I matter to you? Can I turn to you? These questions are at the core of the how you experience your relationships. All of us need the security of loving relationships, and that need for a safe emotional connection stays with us throughout our lives. As experts in attachment theory, our counselors can help you make sense of your relationships, and create the love you need.
I am receiving additional training in Attachment and Trauma through the International Trauma Training Institute.