Attachment theory was first developed by psychologist John Bowlby and focuses on the importance of early emotional bonds. Attachment theory investigates the nature of a person’s initial relationship with their primary caregiver (such as a parent) and how it influences their social and emotional development. Therapists using attachment theory can help a client to identify their individual attachment style. Attachment styles influences how individuals relate to each other in intimate relationships. Knowing your attachment style can be a powerful tool in understanding your strengths and weaknesses in a relationship.
Local Experts in Attachment Theory
Learning to understand our (and our partner's) early attachment experiences and how they shaped our current relationship dynamics.
I have been trained in Experiential Attachment Psychotherapy. I have a passion for working with those wanting to find more security in their attachment style and in their relationships.
The tone of our early relationships with caregivers sets the stage for how we relate to others and how we experience the world around us throughout our lives. Attending to attachment styles in therapy helps heal old wounds and helps you feel better in your relationships. I trained in attachment-oriented couples and individual therapy both in graduate school and post-grad.
Having training in attachment theory serves as a solid foundation for understanding client’s development of maladaptive coping strategies and how this relates to the client’s emotional difficulties. Using this therapy, I can help clients increase self-compassion and kindness because clients who have attachment disorders/wounds often develop a negative self-view.
I believe our attachments to our first caregivers offer us a window into how we feel and function in our current relationships and life endeavors. Using narrative and discussion to understand the complex web of attachment-based emotions and experience in the world, I can help you feel empowered and in charge of your life choices and behaviors.
I work intentionally in eyes-open mindfulness to help clients heal from attachment wounding. This kind of work directly accesses the limbic system where the attachment template was formed, allowing for new experiences to resculpt the brain and body and how a person interacts with themself in connection to the environment, themself, and others.
Attachment Theory is about discovering that how a person was cared for & related to in their early years still effects us. When we were young we learned if the world was safe or not. To make us feel safe we isolated or became people pleasers. These patterns continue on into adulthood & can be very disruptive to relationships. There are ways to feel emotionally safe so you can thrive.
I have and continue to participate in graduate education and professional development that focuses on attachment and attachment related trauma. I continue to participate in graduate classes through Portland State University\'s Trauma Informed Services and Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) programs and am participating in a year long IPNB immersion training throughout 2016.
Whether you find your attachment tendencies to be secure, ambivalent-insecure, avoidant-insecure, or even disorganized, working with attachment concerns in counseling can cultivate amazing results. Healthy attachment in our relationships leads to all kinds of proactive and prosocial behavior throughout the lifespan. You were made to be in secure relationships, I believe it's your birthright.
Our relationship with our selves and others begins with our experience of attachment to our caregivers. Attachment is a huge part of our behaviors in relationship with everyone in our lives- our partners, children, parents, families, and friends.
Our earliest relationships determine how we relate to others and ourselves throughout our lives. I approach therapy through an attachment lens and use the therapeutic relationship to give shape to what healthy relationships with others can look like for clients. Learning to relate to ourselves and others in healthier ways can enhance our quality of life.
Attachment theory is focused on the relationships and bonds between people, particularly long-term relationships including those between a parent and child and between romantic partners. Psychologist John Bowlby was the first attachment theorist describing attachment theory. He describes attachment as a lasting psychological and emotional connectedness between human beings.
I have researched and trained in various attachment-based theories related to parenting, adoption, couples and families.
The way in which we try to connect with others informs not only how we interact with others, but also a lot of things about the world and our own identity. I find that using this theory can help clients better understand their motivations and how to get what they need from life in better and more productive ways.
I help individuals and couples create safe, stable, and intimate relationships where each partner learns to trust and rely on their partner and themselves to meet their deepest wants and needs. You'll also learn how to identify your own and your partner's triggers and use this knowledge to prevent fights and repair the damage when things go awry.
Attachment theory is all about love and safety. How we experience that from an early age influences the coping skills we develop for all of our relationships, especially during times of conflict and struggle. I love that we can change how we feel about relationships and the world at large through the context of new, safe, reparative experiences.
It is during our early development that our ways of understanding relationship are being mapped into our brains. Attachment therapy can awaken these networks for reconfiguration. Deep change is possible in how we experience ourselves, in our ways of connecting with others and in our capacity to act effectively in the world.
Our earliest relationships form the templates for how we interact and what we expect from others. These patterns live in our body and in the ways that we engage with (or avoid) others. Over the past 10 years, I have learned how to recognize and work with individual attachment styles and relationship patterns through my in-depth studies with Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, LMFT.
Using a perspective that adult issues can stem from attachment patterns of early childhood informs the treatment methods I use.
Our early relationships often shape how we are as adults. If we lacked secure early attachments, if we didn't learn our own sense of worth, or lacked a sense of safety, we may experience relational problems as adults. Through empathetic, attachment-informed therapy, however, we can learn a sense of security in relationship, leading to more stable, nurturing, and balanced interactions with others.
The attachments one had, or didn't have, to family as a child can play an important role in relationships throughout life. I have many years experience working with clients to explore their attachments, in order to support growth and change in their current lives.
Outside of my Master\'s program, I have done extensive research on this and am particularly interested in helping individuals and couples develop a secure attachment style.
I have extensive training and experience as a relational psychoanalyst who pays careful attention to attachment patterns, noticing how we unknowingly protect ourselves from hurt and pain but sacrifice closeness and connection in the meantime. Greater intimacy in relationships can be developed in therapy by trying out new ways of relating in the safety and trust of the therapeutic relationship.
I have received specialized education around interpersonal neurobiology, which is the science of attachment theory. It is the foundational theory for all of my work with both individuals and couples.
Attachment Theory is an extraordinarily helpful tool to understand how we developed our baseline relational styles. By studying our earliest emotional attachments to our primary caregiver(s), we can understand how we developed our sense of trust, security, and self-assuredness in relationship to others. Knowing your attachment style can become a navigational compass in relationships.
The field of psychotherapy is gaining more understanding every day about the role of attachment in our development and how this impacts our adult lives. Insight into our attachment style improves our relationship with ourselves as well as those we love. Without this knowledge, our attempts at relationship and closeness with others can be incredibly unsatisfying. Knowledge is power.
My theoretical focus is through the lens of attachment – that is, how the bonds we create are effective, or ineffective, in our current lives (John Bowlby). In addition to attachment bonds that we experience, I also support my clients collaboratively to better understand life’s stressors and patterns of interaction that may or may not be promoting his or her well-being.
Each of us has an attachment style and this style can change throughout our lives. From the moment we are born factors contribute to our attachment. As a marriage, couple and family therapist I investigate the numerous factors and help identify an attachment style.
A thorough grasp of attachment theory is foundational to understand most forms of dysregulation or mental illness. I consider attachment patterns as I seek to tune in to each client\'s suffering. I also have training in attachment-based therapeutic techniques.
My Masters in Clinician Mental Health and ongoing post-Masters intensive trainings feature a fundamental understanding of how our childhood attachment relationships profoundly shape our sense of self, others and the world. I am currently participating in an 18 month training intensive that focuses primarily on supporting clients to repair and transform their childhood attachment wounds.
I have received significant training in Attachment Theory and Practice at what is now the Portland Psychoanalytic Center. My significant training and experience in Child Development informs this work.
How you were parented has a big effect on how you do every relationship in your life. We will use your relationship with food and your attachment style to help you change all your relationships for the better.
I have specialized training in attachment theory, including how attachment theory and mindfulness approaches intersect. My study of attachment theory informs my work with clients, helping them to better understand their relationship patterns and develop healthier and more authentic connections with others.
Humans learn attachment from their primary caregivers. This relationship we have with our parents directly reflects our relationships with our friends, other family members, co-workers, and intimate partners. I work with clients to identify their attachment, and how it can help or hinder their personal success in creating and maintaining relationships.
Attachment is key to a healthy couple relationship and is a basic need of every human. I have studied extensively Integrated Behavioral Couples Therapy and have helped many couples understand how earlier relationships have affected their relationship and worked together to create emotionally secure attachments so each person in the relationship feels good and safe.
I strongly belive that our attachment experiences, from childhood through adulthood, shape our relationships with both people in our lives and the larger world. I see relationships and behavior through this lens and help my clients understand how this lens can help them see and change patterns that are negatively impacting them.
My orientation is largely attachment based and rooted in Family Systems.
Early relationships with primary caregivers (e.g. Mom and Dad) have a profound impact the psychological lenses through which individuals understand themselves and others. These key relationships will be explored in order to better understand the lenses we see our world with, why we relate the way we do, and how to improve our quality of trust and love with ourselves and others.
The strategies and framework of attachment theory help families increase their understanding of the child and caregiver relationship and its impact on behavior, conflict and connection. This theory also sheds light on the impact that stress and trauma have on relationships (families and couples) and provides a guide to learn coping strategies and new ways of being in relationships.
Attachment theory is a key tenant of my work, particularly with it\'s current support from neurobiology, which demonstrates the importance of mindfulness in mental health. I have attended many trainings with Daniel Seigel, MD and I stay current with the literature as it evolves.
As with systems theory, I find attachment theory to be an extremely helpful model in supporting clients. We are indelibly marked by our early bonds with caregivers and typically, what we learned in those relationships sets our beliefs about the world and determines the patterns we follow in future relationships. Not that we can't change, attachment theory just helps us understand why.
Addiction is often referred to as a relationship disorder - to heal from addiction is to restore our capacity for intimacy
Creating safety and attachment in the therapeutic relationship is key. Whether I am working with children or adults, part of my focus is on helping the client to build a new healthy attachment and heal old relationship wounds.
Issues related to how we form attachments with others, and difficulties in relationships
I often find that a person's attachment style is one of the strongest factors in how they related to the world and other people. When working with children I always hold their early experiences in mind and take them into account when working toward goals. The issues that couples face can often be traced to their attachment pattern. My role is to help translate each person's needs to their partner.
Through the study of Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) we have a great new understanding of the restorability of wholeness where emotional damage was done from unresponsive, unconscious, or even violent caretakers. Our work is in the relationship, as the \'interpersonal\' actually enables a new neurologic wiring as well as new realizations of worthiness and value.
Attachment theory relates to the long-term interpersonal relationship style we have and how it affects our present day relationships with others. It\'s based on the general premise that attachment styles we developed in our early years influence our patterns of interacting in close relationships in later years.
We all want to feel connected, we just don't always know how. I draw heavily from attachment theory as well as training with the M.E.T.A. Institute in attachment focused techniques to bring this knowledge into our work. Profound life changes can take place when we face our fears of vulnerability and connection in a safe and supportive relationship.
I have a certificate in Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) from Portland State University. IPNB studies what it means to be human through looking at the interplay of mind, brain and relationships. Attachment theory is at the core of IPNB.
I believe deeply in the power of human connection and how it shapes us. Our earliest significant relationships heavily influence how we learn to see ourselves and relate to others and the world. These dynamics evolve over our adult lives. It can be tremendously helpful to look at these histories and patterns to learn about ourselves and make change from a deeper place of self-understanding.
Attachment theory provides an explanation of how early relationships continue to emerge and impact our present day lives and current relationships. Understanding how family of origin can be especially meaningful in creating insight and compassion, giving clients life altering awareness and new found coping skills.
I have attended extensive training on attachment as it pertains to brain development and the development of both risk and resilience factors. I hold an advanced certificate in Adoptive and Foster Family Therapy, where major coursework was around attachment processes within various family settings.
Attachment theory is a way of getting to the heart of how you grew up, why you do what you do, and how your relating to others is affecting your relationships. I have seen the way people really build insight into what's going on and I can say from experience, it's amazing!
We each have a particular attachment style that determines how comfortable we are in proximity to others. Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) helps couples understand the attachment style of each partner and the dynamic that exists between them.
My approach recognizes that we all have an innate need to feel connected and attached to significant others in secure and close relationships. I help clients to work through their attachment wounds and experience more security in themselves and satisfaction in their relationships.
Attachment explores early stages of life and one's relationships to our caretakers. Attachment affects us even today. Early attachment interruption often causes depression, anxiety, other issues. Jungian Analysts are trained in Attachment Theory and able to work sensitively and capably with the legacy of these early situations.
Attachment theory and its connection to the field of interpersonal neurobiology is exciting in its implications for treatment! I help children and families build the skills of reflection, empathy and validation that are needed for children to develop secure attachment and healthy self-confidence. When life's challenges have injured these primary relationships, our work is essential for healing.