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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Nani Waddoups (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Jessica Feinsmith MA LPC (She/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I believe that to heal we must feel, and that can be very scary to do alone or with a stranger. If you struggle with insecurity within yourself and relationships, connecting and building a trusting relationship with a therapist will take time. I utilize attachment and bonding interventions to holistically develop a trusted relationship between myself and the client to create a secure attachment.

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Gary Conachan III (he/him)

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, NCC

Attachment theory can be helpful in understanding both ourselves and selves-in-relationship: with friends, family, significant others, and our planet. The therapeutic relationship can be incredibly healing when it becomes a secure attachment and model for other relationships in our lives.

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Annette Smith (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, NCC, LPC Registered Associate

I have used Attachment Theory in the decades of work I have done with children and families. It is a lens through which I use to understand the needs of individuals and to explain the behaviors we see in both children and adults.

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Christopher Creaturo (he/his)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

Mentalization Based Therapy derived from Attachment Theory. Person-Centered work to establish model of the secure relationship in therapy and allow for Attachment style repair.

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Sawyer Salameh

Licensed Professional Counselor

I work off attachment theory to help individuals and couples. This gives us an understanding how we interact with others and ourselves. Attachment can give us a starting point to understand and be intentional about patterns we experience in our lives.

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Melissa Tomecek (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMHC

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Arrival Counseling annie dolle LCSW (she/her/hers)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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

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Gemma Baumer (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

Licensed Professional Counselor, M.A. in Counseling

As infants and children, we are completely dependent on our caregivers for survival. This need for attachment is innate within us, and forms an intense drive for love and belonging. When these needs are not easily met by caregivers, we make adaptations and accommodations. These show up as different patterns of attachment, which can stick with us into adulthood. Attachment work includes working with these patterns and exploring how we show up in relationship with ourselves and others.

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Daniel Maher, LCSW (He / Him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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Melissa Tomecek (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMHC

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Anchor Within Counseling

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Behavioral Health Office

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Ashley Adler (she/her/hers)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Master of Arts in Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy

Attachment therapy is all about learning more about attachment-based patterns: how you show up in the world with your loved ones. These patterns that originated in our childhoods can have big impacts on our close relationships, and creating awareness brings more choice.

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Rachel Bagley, MS, NCC, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Jessica Butler (She/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

M.A MFT

The goal of attachment theory is having kindness and compassion for yourself and others, with the acknowledgment that every interaction is a new chance to build connection or repair a hurt one. Part of how we do this is learning to communicate and advocate for our emotional needs to be met in a safe way.

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Brooke Vaille (she/her)

Qualified Mental Health Professional

I am training in Restoration Therapy under the supervision of Justin Little, LMFT and Emily Brems, LMFT. Restoration Therapy is a model based in attachment, family therapy and mindfulness to help clients identify ways in which they get "stuck" and how to form more loving and trustworthy ways of being and communicating.

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Joby Mahto (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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Firefly Institute

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Chelsea Kellogg (she/her/hers)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

M.A. Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy

I incorporate attachment work into every session and it is a grounding theory of my style and approach to providing therapy. Therapy is most effective when a therapeutic relationship forms between the therapist and the client. Attachment theory guides me in how I build that relationship with my clients.

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La Saechao (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, LICSW

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Becca Flatt (She/Her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

MSW, LCSW

Attachment theory is a major part of how I conceptualize how I work with clients. I personally feel attachment plays such an important role in human experience because it's how we relate to the people around us. In therapy, the relationship between the therapist and the client is significant as trust and vulnerability are a major part of the client's process through treatment.

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Dani Dierking (She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Art Therapist

LAT, LPC, ATR

This has consistently been a driving theory in my work with adults. Your early childhood relationships impact how you relate to others today, and this is essential to be explored to improve your own resiliency.

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April Dvorak

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

APRN, PMHNP-BC

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Nova (Stephenie) Knutson (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, CHT

Attachment therapy uses principles of modern neuroscience and research about the ways humans form inner relationship models based on our early relationships. Unless they are interrupted, we carry these forward into current relationships, for better or for worse. I work with a client's present moment relational experiences to unravel old relationship patterns and foster new, more satisfying ones.

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Kendra Smith (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA

The way we were taught to relate to the primary people who provided us care when we were babies and children can shape how we act in relationships as adults. Establishing an understanding of how we connect with others in different contexts can help improve communication skills and expression of intention, which can improve the quality of relationships. I use individual family of origin history to help guide clients as they work on understanding their participation in relationships.

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Bree Koenig (she/her/hers)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MS Clinical Psychology, San Francisco State University

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Michael Morales (he/his)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

For many of us, our first years of life can influence how we interact with our chosen intimate partners and family members today. In counseling, we will explore how those early experiences have created a kind of relational framework that informs how you relate to yourself (think self-esteem issues) and others (think conflict resolution styles). We will also explore how you learned to resolve conflict and get your needs met (think safety, connection, or feeling empowered).

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Eden Baron-Williams (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MA, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Everyone has strategies to get their needs met. Often times these once essential strategies become patterns in our life that keep us from connecting and turning toward one another. Attachment and emotion-focused therapy invites us to understand and build compassion for our old patterns, while building new, healthier strategies for connection by identifying our emotions and giving voice to our needs.

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Jeri Finn

Qualified Mental Health Professional

QMHP

My graduate training to become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor has provided many opportunities to integrate the profound effects of our early attachments on our present lives.

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Palma Corral Sotelo (she /her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, NCC, PCA

My approach is relational, and I use attachment theory and human development as the underpinnings of my practice. We explore attachment styles without boxing you into one style. We use it only as a framework to understand your dominant strategies for autonomy, love, and connection. We will work to expand your abilities to hold both your needs for freedom, and to be in relationships without having to sacrifice one for the other.

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Jessica Baker, M.A. LMFT (She/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

B.S. Health Psychology, M.A. Counseling, LMFT

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.

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Gabriel Trees (He / Him)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Masters of Arts, Marriage, Couple & Family Therapy

The attachment styles we develop early in life can have a profound impact on the way we relate to others in adulthood. Awareness and appreciation of this has been shown to lead to a greater understanding of ourselves and our partners. Let’s work towards creating better relationships with yourself and others.

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Portland Therapy Project

Licensed Professional Counselor

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Jordan Curtis (He/him)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, NCC

I believe in the power and primacy of relationship when it comes to psychotherapy. In therapy, we will explore your relationship to relationship and your attachment strategies. Whether you come to me for individual or couples work, we will work towards earned secure attachment for you. I want you to be able to enjoy the benefits of attachment security: health, purpose, emotional regulation, resiliency to trauma & grief, and rich & stable intimate relationships.

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Jed Rendleman (he/him)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MFT

Emotions are the currency of attachment. Emotions signal what’s important for us to notice, both for ourselves and in relationship. Attuning to your own emotions and the emotions of others promotes healing and connection. Easier said than done! I use techniques that help individuals and couples slow down, sit with feelings, and gain language to better understand/communicate them. Through this process I help clients foster more secure and satisfying relationships.

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Sarah Rosenberg (she/her)

Qualified Mental Health Professional

QMHP

I am training in Restoration Therapy under Justin Little, LMFT. Restoration Therapy is a therapeutic model that incorporates elements of attachment theory, emotional regulation and mindfulness to help clients recognize patterns that no longer serve them so they can make healthy, meaningful changes in their lives.

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Trish Nicholson (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

Board-certified (NCC)

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Justin Little (he/him/his)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT, INHC

The Restoration Model integrates Attachment Theory as a primary source for both case conceptualization and intervention. Learn more at www.restorationtherapytraining.com.

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Lawrence VENASKA (He/Him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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.

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Kristine Zappa (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC, R-DMT

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Sophie Toolanen (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

Attachment and schema driven therapy were cornerstones of my graduate education program. I believe that the attachment, or lack there of, to our primary caregivers plays an integral part in shaping who we are and how confident and capable we feel. I have many years of experience working with individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder, which I see as a disorder rooted in attachment trauma.

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Sakura Counseling (She/He/They)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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, we can help clients increase self-compassion and kindness because clients who have attachment disorders/wounds often develop a negative self-view of themselves and others.

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Marley Dagner (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA

The foundation in which we relate and develop bonds with others was taught to us in our earliest experiences. Working to understand the way we learned to engage in relationships leads to the opportunity to teach ourselves new ways of connecting with others. Offering freeing & mutually servings methods of connecting with others and yourself.

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Kara Kazemba (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Veronica Vargas (she/her/ella)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

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Erica Ochsenreither (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC, ATR-BC, LCAT

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Vedalia Zellers (she/they)

Clinical Social Work Associate

MSW, CSWA

We can curiously and non-judgmentally explore how relationship patterns from the past (for instance with parents/caregivers in childhood) may have impacted your relationship patterns in adulthood. This can pave the way for more self-compassion and more fulfilling connections with others. It may be especially relevant for people who have had a difficult relationship with a parent/caregiver or who've experienced trauma (including intergenerational trauma, complex trauma, or religious trauma).

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Miranda Bayard-Clark, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Margot Standeven (she/her/hers)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Masters in Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling

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.

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Korina Jochim

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

I utilize a technique and approach known as Mentalizing, which was developed in the UK to treat complex trauma, and is still largely unknown in the U.S. Mentalizing is an imaginative process in which we are able to understand ourselves, and how our minds interact and conceptualize the minds of others. Our ability to Mentalize well allows us to accurately understand the intentions of others, as well as how to better understand how we are viewed by others. It is essential for healthy relationships

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Michelle Perrier (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA

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Shannon Rice (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, SEP

I am trained in PACT therapy which is deeply rooted in attachment theory. Learning about your attachment style and/or your partner(s) attachment style can be deeply informative, healing, and increase compassion.

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Marc•francis Otto (they/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC, RSMT/E

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.

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Paige Cameron (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC C6978

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Kate Madden (she/they)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, NCC

Our earliest experiences with caregivers shape what we expect from the world, how we enter into relationships, and how we make sense of ourselves. By exploring and processing early attachment experiences—and forming reparative, adult attachment experiences—we can facilitate healing and growth.

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Sankofa Counseling

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Camillia de la Garza Thompson (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC, CMA

Attachment theory is also a modality. Not just a theory. I use a relational approach. To me, that's applied psychology. It's about heart. Everything is in motion. We will explore it in a safe, stable, conversational way.

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Torey Andrus (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

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Beth Bloom (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

Psy.D.

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

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Sonia Holdaway (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS

Attachment theory is at the heart of my work with both couples and individuals. If you are wondering why you seem to have the same problems in relationships over and over, or you feel clingy or suffocated in relationships, I can help. My clients often say they find our work helpful for looking at the impact of attachment patterns on present and past relationships.

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Sarah Small

Professional Counselor Associate

MA

An individual's attachment patterns with early significant persons in their life contributes to present and future connections with others. Identifying and understanding these patterns can help individuals develop more freeing ways of engaging with others and themselves now and in the future.

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Stacy Sheffler (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

How we attached to our significant caregivers in early childhood leads us to desire, gravitate and repel others. Understanding these styles can aid in seeking healthier relationships.

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Adam Benjamin

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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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Nicole Lynch (She/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MFT Associate

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Heather Lokteff

Licensed Professional Counselor

Our early childhood relationships and experiences provide a blueprint for how we see ourselves, our relationships, and the world around us. Is this world safe? Am I alone or can I rely on others? Can I find trustworthy people? It can be extremely helpful to know what your attachment style has been in your life and also hold onto hope that you can move into a place of security with others.

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"Paisley" Jen Burrell (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LPC, LMFT

Attachment theory in counseling explores how early relationships shape current emotional well-being and interpersonal dynamics. In sessions, we examine your attachment history to identify patterns impacting your relationships. The goal is to foster healthier attachments, improve communication, and create a secure emotional foundation for more satisfying connections. Attachment-informed counseling helps navigate human connections, fostering personal growth and fulfilling relationships.

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Isabel McCune (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, MPH, NCC

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Christopher Marquardt (he/his/they/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I tend to build emotional connections to my clients- hoping to mitigate the pain caused by other suboptimal relationships they've had in the past. For other clients this looks like establishing a connection to someone who knows them very well and represents a reflection of their better self which, for one reason or the other, the client is unable to see.

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Professional Counselor Associate

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.

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Lauren Stines (she/they)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MA MCFT

When we have a sense of security and belonging, we feel much more confident to explore the world. We can explore your attachment style, how it impacts how you relate to the world, and tap into your ability to change it and find a sense of security in your life and relationships.

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Kathleen Thompson (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CRC

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.

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Sarah Lange (She/Her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MFT Associate

Exploring what attachment was like in early childhood can help us understand what is going on in adult relationships.

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Patrick Bluett (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CST

What did your earliest relationships teach you about love and intimacy? What patterns of behavior did you adopt in order to protect those relationships? How are those patterns serving you now? Adult attachment theory provides a valuable framework for understanding the ways that you form and maintain relationships in order to meet core emotional needs. Through therapy, we can identify patterns that might not align with your relationship values and learn better ways of finding and keeping love.

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Carly Henderson (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMHC, NCC

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.

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Sarah King (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

CCSOT

I view my practice through an attachment theory lens, as I recognize the powerful impact our childhood attachments have on our current relationships and behaviors. Therefore, I use the relationship between myself and the client as the bases for creating a safe place to explore healing childhood wounds and generalizing that healing to other important relationships in our lives.

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Quinn Francis (they/them)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, NCC

Attachment theory is a popular underpinning of many therapeutic theories and interventions - you may have even taken a quiz to find out what your attachment style is! I help clients to develop a secure attachment with themselves (aka self-esteem, knowing & liking yourself) which helps improve your relationships and your day to day experience of feeling satisfied with your life.

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Hanna Maxwell (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LMHC, LH61499938

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Laura Patiño (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, NCC

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Fatema Rashid (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, Professional Counselor Associate, R6840

I work with clients to help identify and heal attachment wounds. These wounds may have been caused by disruptions in early childhood relationships, past trauma, or ongoing difficulties in adult relationships. I believe in creating a compassionate, non-judgmental space where clients can feel safe and understood.

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Sasha Rosenfels, MA, LMFT (She/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

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

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Katharyn Waterfield, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

OR Lic #C4802

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.

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Rose Novak (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

M.A. Professional Mental Health Counseling

Early childhood and relational experiences are at the heart of many mental health related diagnoses and symptoms. We will likely explore how you developed into the person you are today and if you have any behaviors or concerns that you would like to evolve from. We will practice relational ways of being together, so that you may start to experience relationships differently outside of therapy.

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Emily Radcliffe (She/Her)

Marriage and Family Therapist

Attachment theory has recently become more mainstream and a lot of folx are interested in how it applies to them or their partnership. I can help you explore your attachment style and how it manifests in your relationships both with others and yourself. I can also help you explore the roots of your attachment style in order to better understand how you got here. Learning about and naming attachment styles and wounds can be powerful and help foster secure attachment going forward.

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Ashley Huddleston

Professional Counselor Associate

MA

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Molz Wirtz-Wold (they/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, LMHC, LPC

Our relationships with the people who raised us gave us our foundation for understanding the world: are others safe or not? Can I trust people? As adults, we respond to those we care most about according to our experiences from birth to young childhood. Knowing our attachment styles can give us the ability to choose good partners, and have healthy relationships.

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Christine Bethel (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

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.

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Aaron Kelsay (he / him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CADC I

The journey to healing is so much about relationship, and the "theory of attachment" is a wonderful way to put into words how we relate to everything in our world. I use the language of attachment alongside the other modalities in order for couples, individuals, groups to understand how and why they relate they way they do. This awareness allows us to adjust how we relate, and in doing so, move towards healing and health.

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Sabrina Sheehy (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, MSW

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Kristin Tebow (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMHC

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Gina DeLeo (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

M.A.

I work collaboratively with partners, families and individuals who want to foster connection and form deeper, more loving relationships. I also work with parents to identify their struggles with parenting (be it a one time issue or an on going parenting struggle) and develop a plan to support the entire family system.

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Jenna Washburn (she / her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA: Mental Health Counseling - Specialization in Addictions

I have researched attachment theory and utilize its theories in most of my therapy interventions, particularly on issues of family systems, relationships, trauma, and boundaries.

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Molly Dressler (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Mira Shah, LPC, ATR, LAT (she/her)

Art Therapist

LPC, LAT, ATR

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.

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Cameron Earle (he/him)

Student Counselor

BS, MS (Graduating 9/2024)

When our self-concept is first developing, it is a reflection of how we think our primary attachment figures view us. That is a powerful idea that massively impacts our developing self-worth, and the way we interact with others, especially significant others. No matter if you have an anxious, avoidant, or disorganized attachment, attachment theory provides roadmaps to developing a secure attachment at any time in your life.

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Beau Henderson (He/Him)

Professional Counselor Associate

M.A. in Counseling

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Jessica Besner (she/they)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, M.S.

Currently completing a Somatic Attachment Therapy certificate, completed coursework in Attachment & Complex Trauma.

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Tanna TenHoopen Dolinsky (they/she)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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Lilyan Smith-Moore, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

We are creatures of love, and when we feel disconnected from others, we suffer. In therapy, I use attachment theory to help a person explore how their early family relationships (or lack thereof) shaped their ways of relating to others in adulthood. This type of therapy is especially useful for those who have been through childhood or family trauma.

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Abe Hatch

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

An attachment-based approach to therapy looks at the connection between an infant's early attachment experiences with primary caregivers, usually with parents, and the infant's ability to develop normally and ultimately form healthy emotional and physical relationships as an adult.

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Amanda Ball (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, LPC

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.

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Allison Amo MA, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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.

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Danielle Davis (they/she)

Professional Counselor Associate

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Emily Berry (she/they)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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.

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Melissa Ellsworth

Clinical Psychologist

Ph.D.

This therapy helps us understand and improve your attachment style that is formed in early relationships. It helps resolve relationship difficulties by fostering secure connections, enhancing emotional understanding, and communication skills. This therapy addresses trust issues, dependency, and intimacy challenges, leading to healthier, more fulfilling relationships. By exploring past patterns, you learn to form stronger, more secure emotional bonds in your current and future relationships.

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Bethany Ingram (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

Our early development, especially our first caregivers, impact how we relate to ourselves and to others. I will help you understand how your childhood impacts your internal world and your external relationships, and I will help you build consciousness around subconscious patterns stemming from your childhood so that you can make necessary changes in the areas you have felt "stuck".

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Catherine Palmer (She/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, LPC, MFT

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Youth Contact

Professional Counselor

We work with youth who have had disruptions in their attachments with their caregivers and we work on re-establishing safety in their relationship with the caregiver.

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Emily Smith (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MA

Attachment theory underpins all of the work that I do, as I believe we are all wired for connection with one another. Attachment styles are characterized by different ways of interacting and behaving in relationships, and are influenced by both present-day relationships as well as our earliest relationships with our caregivers. I will work with you to explore and heal attachment wounds and move towards a greater sense of safety and connection in relationship with others.

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Jackie Turner (she, her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MA, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate

Attachment theory is my main theoretical orientation and informs most of the work I do. I believe that we are all wired for connection and need it for survival - as a result, our relationships are essential, yet we often have relational wounds that can make it hard for us to connect, all the way down to the nervous system level. As such, it is central to our well-being to be able to explore and understand our patterns and learn to attend to those deep needs.

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Sarah Nelson (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

Ph.D.

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Caitlin Truitt (she/her/hers)

Clinical Social Work Associate

MSW, LSWAIC, MHCA

For both couples and individuals, attachment theory can help uncover the root of relationship patterns. I love it because it can help us better understand our reactions and needs with compassion and gentleness, rather than shaming ourselves with harsh criticisms.

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Ally Simone (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT T2066

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Jessi Huffman (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I have had training in Interpersonal Neurobiology and Attachment Theory, or how the important relationships in our lives have had a physiological impact on our wiring and functioning. In therapy we can explore this relationally, ie. what comes up between us during sessions in the immediate moment, and we can also understand from a historical lens how the relationships in your life have shaped who you are, your sense of safety with others and the world, and what to do about all of it.

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Tina Lilly, MS LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

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

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Su Yim, MSW, LCSW (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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.

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Maria Bonacci (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

"Attachment" is a way to explore how and in what contexts we feel safe. I have studied Interpersonal Neurobiology which is deeply rooted in attachment theory and the interpersonal emotional information we internalize and which as a result impacts our day to day interactions.

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Majken Elek, MA

Licensed Professional Counselor

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. We can cultivate understanding of why we attached the way we did and how we can utilize neuro-plasticity to create new templates to get our emotional needs met.

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Emma Bridges (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I believe that attachment is the core of how we relate to others.

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Zara Roth (she/her)

Professional Counselor

M.A., QMHP, CADC, Registered Associate

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Nicole Lynch (She/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MFT Associate

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Fox Convey (they, she)

Professional Counselor

Masters of Arts in Clincial Psychology (MA), Registered Associate

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Courtney Burns

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Exploring how attachment with caregivers early in our lives can be fertile ground for gaining new understanding to present day relationships.

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Brittany Kleinschnitz (they/them)

Clinical Social Work Associate

CSWA, PPSC

14+ years of personal attachment work at 6+ years of self study and workshops.

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Janel Ruehl (she/her)

Qualified Mental Health Professional

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Pearl Waldorf

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Julianna Vermeys

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, NCC

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.

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Megan Sapp (she/her)

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

PMHNP, CNM, FNP

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Karel Chan

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, LPC

Our adult relationships reflect our earliest relationships in life with our families of origin. Whatever the quality of those relationships, they taught us powerful messages about love, how it's given, and sometimes what we need to do in order to receive it. If love was absent, inconsistent, or highly conditional, then we move through life feeling a persistent lack of belonging, no matter who we are with. Understanding that these messages are not true can open us to freely give and receive love.

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