Attachment Theory

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.

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Our relationships in adulthood reflect our earliest relationships in life: those with our families of origin. While those early relationships may not have been terrible (in fact, they may have felt great!), the way that we learned to attach to them may not be working in the types of relationships we want now. Understanding how and why we attach is a pathway to choosing healthier relationships.

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 helps us untangle the complex web of early learning that can make engaging in fulfilling adult relationships difficult and painful. I hold special training in a method called Experiential Attachment, which naturally elicits the infant/caregiver attachment system, allowing for examination of early attachment wounding and engagement in a process of repair.

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.

I approach therapy from an Interpersonal Neurobiological perspective where I bring attention to attachment styles and developmental histories to explore areas of dysregulation as a starting place for healing and integration.

My training included an emphasis on attachment and interpersonal neurobiology.

Our relationship with our selves and others begins with our experience of attachment. Attachment is a huge part of our behaviors in relationship with everyone in our lives- our partners, children, parents, families, and friends.

I have studied attachment theory through various coursework and study groups throughout the years.

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 ourselves, our relationships and the world at large through the context of new, safe, reparative experiences.

Patterns of thought and ways of being in relationships with others are largely put in place prior to acquiring the ability to verbalize our experience. As such much of what we know and how we know it are implicit. Nonetheless these embedded patterns can effectively addressed by counseling in an atmosphere of empathic collaborative dialogue.

Attachment theory teaches us that a person\'s experiences and bonding with a primary caregiver during early childhood impact our relationships with ourselves, others and the world around us later in life. We develop ways of viewing the world and the people in it based upon these early pre-language experiences.

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.

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!

Learning to understand our early attachment experiences and how they shaped our current relationship dynamics.

Our earliest relationships help construct a map for how we expect future relationships to unfold. Our sense of safety--both internal and shared--has its roots in how we were parented. All of this is changeable, as our brains grow and change for our whole lives; the greatest factor of influence is how and with whom we connect. That's attachment: Getting our needs met, in a dance with others.

Addiction is often referred to as a relationship disorder - to heal from addiction is to restore our capacity for intimacy

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

In my work I focus energy on helping children and caregivers increase feelings of attachment. I see children's behaviors as attempts to get needs met and believe that many treatment issues can be addressed through helping parent and child build positive experiences together in a playful and joyful way. Many times parents have tried hard to do this on their own but want some support and guidance.

Our formative experiences with the caretakers in our lives lay the foundation to how we attach and form relationships with the people in our lives. Understanding our early relationships we are able to recognize patterns of behavior and make decisions to change these patterns and create successful bonds.

Our attachment is rooted in our early experiences within the family. These are unique and varied, and can be made aware of and integrated in order to achieve greater, conscious intimacy.

The quality of our relationships has a huge impact on how happy we are in our lives. When our relationships aren’t going well, we can feel helpless, overwhelmed, frustrated and despairing for the future. Generally there are three types of attachment — secure, anxious, or avoidant. Being aware of what have shaped us can give us a clue to our past, our present, and our future.

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.

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.

Have trained in attachment theory and believe it is a sound, helpful framework for psychotherapy.

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.

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 strongly believe that our attachment experiences, from birth through adulthood, shape the way that we relate to ourselves and others. I will help you understand this lens through which you see the world, and open up possibilities for growth and healing, which ultimately leads to a more authentic and meaningful connections.

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.

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 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.

My orientation is largely attachment based and rooted in Family Systems.

I have an overarching lens I view my work through which is attachment theory. Approximately 85% of the general US population has less than optimal development due to disruptions in the process of attunement we all need to be able to best regulate our own neurology and well being. Secure attachment can be achieved later in life as an adult even if not achieved in childhood.

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.

This is such rich territory! Let's explore how you be you, when you're with others. What gets in the way of you being you? Why and how are you sorting if it's safe to be you? If being you is acceptable? Good enough? Worthy? Let's open this up, unpack it, and make sure there's nothing in there you don't choose.

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.

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.

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 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.

Issues related to how we form attachments with others, and difficulties in relationships

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.

I have been certified as a court expert in attachment.

From family work (family crisis and adoptions) to the most vulnerable peoples (Emergency Department social work), I know that our attachment templates are primary. I keep this awareness close and utilize attachment theory in my work, always.

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.

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.

Using a perspective that adult issues can stem from attachment patterns of early childhood informs the treatment methods I use.

I work off attachment theory to help individuals and couples. This gives us an understanding how we interact with people in our lives and how we can change our patterns.

Our early childhood attachments with our caregivers creates a template for how we respond and relate with ourselves, and our relationships. They inform our beliefs about the world and from this, we internalize relational patterns. Together we cultivate understanding of why we attached the way we do and how we can utilize neuroplasticity to create new templates to get our emotional needs met.

Attachment theory work in building secure attachments between caregivers and children during the adoption process, and repairing insecure attachments between caregivers and children in family therapy work.

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.

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 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.

Ever wonder why you tend to have similar behavior patterns in your relationships with people? We each have survival strategies created in childhood to protect ourselves. Attachment theory gives us grounded research to know the likely effect of our early bonds on later relationships. Since relationships in our life determine a great degree of happiness, this is crucial to explore.

Attachment theory is the cornerstone of all relational issues. When a client has an understanding about his/her attachment style and that of other people in his/her life, it opens great possibilities of interpersonal change.

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.

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