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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Attachment theory is really useful in helping clients understand why they struggle in relationships, how their past is involved, and what they can do about it. If you find yourself pushing your partners away, clinging to them, avoiding letting people in, or feel like you\'re being abandoned every time your partner leaves, you may gain some insight by knowing what your attachment style is.

Attachment is all about how we live in the context of a symbiotic relationship with the world around us. We are at our best when we can mutually recognize and help to meet the needs of our loves ones and community, and they ours.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Connecting with others is essential for most of us to be happy. I\'ll work with you to identify stuck patterns and find ways to build ore enjoyable and meaningful connections.

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.

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 ground all my interventions in the awareness of both the importance of human relationships and the role which our relationships with our early caregivers play in shaping our attachment styles. By developing a trusting relationship with a caring therapist, we can practice new ways of relating in session and then in the rest of our lives.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

I have been certified as a court expert in attachment.

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.

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 participate in an advanced study group focusing on trauma, attachment, and IPNB.

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

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.

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.

As a graduate student in Lewis and Clark’s counseling program, we are meant to identify our theoretical orientation early on in the program. Attachment Theory is my identified theoretical orientation and I have done extensive research throughout my graduate studies.

I have advanced training and experience working with attachment theory, including a study group with Beatrice Beebe, a leading researcher in this area.

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.

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

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 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.

I believe that in the security of relationship (within ourselves and between people) resides the strongest healing power. With partners, adult attachment therapy allows us to move from content (what you might argue about) to process (what holds you close or brings you apart). With child-caregiver interactions, attachment theory offers the foundation for a lifelong solid and satisfying relationship

Attachment theory, developed by John Bowlby, explains the way humans connect and develop safe interpersonal relationships. This theory proposes that children learn to attach to adults who are senstive and responsive to their needs from birth. Parents are used as a secure base to explore outside relationships safely and these early interactions are used as a future template for connection.

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.

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.

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.

Attachment theory is a theory of affect regulation and interpersonal relationships. Adult attachment anxiety is conceptualized as the fear of interpersonal rejection and abandonment, negative view of the self or feelings of increased anxiety or depression within relationships. Children can experience insecurity within their relationships and the behaviors we see are a result of that anxiety.

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 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.

I have primarily used Sue Johnson\'s Emotional Focused Couple\'s Therapy when working through difficult marriage issues. I help clients work through their anger or withdrawal and connect to their deeper longing to securely attach to their significant other.

Secure attachment requires a solid base, safety to explore and return to that base. Within the body and mind, we may feel that people cannot be trusted, will betray or abandon us, or even hurt us. Fortunately, we can re-build a secure attachment by exploring these very real fears and finding stable, safe people to bond with.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Attachment theory is a theory of affect regulation and interpersonal relationships. Adult attachment anxiety is conceptualized as the fear of interpersonal rejection and abandonment, negative view of the self or feelings of increased anxiety or depression within relationships. Children can experience insecurity within their relationships and the behaviors we see are a result of that anxiety.

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

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.

Attachment work in therapy explores how dysfunctional attachment templates get represented in adult relationships by clients developing a personal, healthy, therapeutic relationship with their counselor. This relationship lays the groundwork to understand clients’ attachments to others through consistent and supportive communication.

I have researched and trained in various attachment-based theories related to parenting, adoption, couples and families.

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

Attachment, or bonding, is fundamental to who we are as social creatures. There are 4 types of ways we attach to other humans depending on our parent's attachment styles. Understanding your own attachment style can support you getting your needs met in relationships be they romantic, friendships, work, parenting; which ultimately leads to a more satisfying life.

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