Attachment-based Therapists in Sacramento, CA

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Vanessa Heffington
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95822  (Online Only)
This wide range of settings and clients has allowed me to explore and hone therapeutic skills across several styles of therapy including Family Systems, Attachment-Based, Behavioral-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to name a few which are helpful in addressing a wide range of mental and behavioral health concerns.
While working in ABA, I supported my clients in developing language, cognition, and adaptive skills for daily life. In private practice and community based mental health, I worked with children, adolescents, adults, parents, and families through individual therapy, education based behavior intervention and mental health counseling, social skills development in the individual and group settings, and caregiver psycho-education.
This wide range of settings and clients has allowed me to explore and hone therapeutic skills across several styles of therapy including Family Systems, Attachment-Based, Behavioral-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to name a few which are helpful in addressing a wide range of mental and behavioral health concerns.
While working in ABA, I supported my clients in developing language, cognition, and adaptive skills for daily life. In private practice and community based mental health, I worked with children, adolescents, adults, parents, and families through individual therapy, education based behavior intervention and mental health counseling, social skills development in the individual and group settings, and caregiver psycho-education.
(916) 866-7518 View (916) 866-7518
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Raya Singh
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95825
My approach is rooted in attachment-based theory which means I help clients explore relationships and emotional patterns.
Welcome! As your therapist, I prioritize providing a warm and non-judgmental space to process life experiences. I work from a client-centered foundation where genuineness and warmth are central to healing. I enjoy working with individuals, teens, and couples who want to face and work through difficult problems to enhance their relationships. I have a special interest in working through life transitions and intergenerational trauma. However, one of my greatest passions is empowering people who struggle with the stigma surrounding mental health and support services, particularly regarding their families and culture.
My approach is rooted in attachment-based theory which means I help clients explore relationships and emotional patterns.
Welcome! As your therapist, I prioritize providing a warm and non-judgmental space to process life experiences. I work from a client-centered foundation where genuineness and warmth are central to healing. I enjoy working with individuals, teens, and couples who want to face and work through difficult problems to enhance their relationships. I have a special interest in working through life transitions and intergenerational trauma. However, one of my greatest passions is empowering people who struggle with the stigma surrounding mental health and support services, particularly regarding their families and culture.
(916) 354-6312 View (916) 354-6312
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The Attach Place, Neurofeedback, KAP
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95826
NEW! We are now providing Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy! Our mission: We provide expert attachment-based, trauma-informed services to those seeking emotional healing and wellness, lasting relationships, and loving family lives. "Love Matters" in every relationship. We practice therapy that way, too. At the center, we provide attachment therapies to treat individuals, couples, children, and families, with a specialty focus on adoption, relationships, and trauma recovery. We practice Internal Family Systems, EMDR, Flash Tech, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Theraplay, Dyadic Psychotherapy, Therapeutic Parenting, and Neurofeedback.
NEW! We are now providing Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy! Our mission: We provide expert attachment-based, trauma-informed services to those seeking emotional healing and wellness, lasting relationships, and loving family lives. "Love Matters" in every relationship. We practice therapy that way, too. At the center, we provide attachment therapies to treat individuals, couples, children, and families, with a specialty focus on adoption, relationships, and trauma recovery. We practice Internal Family Systems, EMDR, Flash Tech, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Theraplay, Dyadic Psychotherapy, Therapeutic Parenting, and Neurofeedback.
(916) 269-3522 View (916) 269-3522
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Beth Laskosky
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, BS, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95821
I employ Experiential techniques and an Attachment-based lens to get to the core of negative beliefs that hold us back from being the person we want to be.
If you could embody all of your identities without shame and judgment - who would you be? Much of my work has been centered around neurodivergent, transgender teens and queer individuals. I enjoy working with all neurodivergent humans trying to navigate life with anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, and identity formation. As a queer therapist, I understand the safety and security needed to create a healing relationship. I also assist with psychedelic integration for individuals processing the larger meanings derived from healing mystical experiences and life transitions.
I employ Experiential techniques and an Attachment-based lens to get to the core of negative beliefs that hold us back from being the person we want to be.
If you could embody all of your identities without shame and judgment - who would you be? Much of my work has been centered around neurodivergent, transgender teens and queer individuals. I enjoy working with all neurodivergent humans trying to navigate life with anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, and identity formation. As a queer therapist, I understand the safety and security needed to create a healing relationship. I also assist with psychedelic integration for individuals processing the larger meanings derived from healing mystical experiences and life transitions.
(916) 269-5556 View (916) 269-5556
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Silva Sheklanian
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95821
My name is Silva Sheklanian. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist practicing out of California. My work focuses primarily on both trauma and attachment. I am EMDR trained as well as attachment-based trained. I am trauma-informed, as such my approach is very much client-centered. I use both CBT and EMDR in my sessions to support my clients toward their goals. I am also trained in Theraplay to support clients towards attachment building with family members (specifically their children).
My name is Silva Sheklanian. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist practicing out of California. My work focuses primarily on both trauma and attachment. I am EMDR trained as well as attachment-based trained. I am trauma-informed, as such my approach is very much client-centered. I use both CBT and EMDR in my sessions to support my clients toward their goals. I am also trained in Theraplay to support clients towards attachment building with family members (specifically their children).
(916) 619-6280 View (916) 619-6280
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Catriona Macrae
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95816
I view the path of therapy as a gentle exploration of the fullness of emotional experience, opening to suffering and grief as well as appreciation of the joyful moments. I offer an attachment based, holistic, and humanistic approach to therapy, seeing you as a complex whole person with the innate capacity to heal. Guided by compassion, curiosity, connection and courage within the therapeutic relationship, I work from a trauma-sensitive perspective and it is my intention to create a safe space for all races and cultures. I am allied with LGBTQIA+ folks and come from a sex positive perspective.
I view the path of therapy as a gentle exploration of the fullness of emotional experience, opening to suffering and grief as well as appreciation of the joyful moments. I offer an attachment based, holistic, and humanistic approach to therapy, seeing you as a complex whole person with the innate capacity to heal. Guided by compassion, curiosity, connection and courage within the therapeutic relationship, I work from a trauma-sensitive perspective and it is my intention to create a safe space for all races and cultures. I am allied with LGBTQIA+ folks and come from a sex positive perspective.
(530) 322-8883 View (530) 322-8883
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Luana Coloma Cook
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95816
I specialize in attachment-based approaches to child, family, and couples therapy.
I work with children, adolescents, parents, couples, and families. I am warm, real, and collaborative. If you and/or your family members choose to work with me, I'll endeavor to create an environment that feels safe enough for you to take risks, be authentic and make lasting changes. We'll work together to explore the dynamics that may inadvertently by contributing to a problem cycle, so that you can feel empowered to act in more preferred ways of being.
I specialize in attachment-based approaches to child, family, and couples therapy.
I work with children, adolescents, parents, couples, and families. I am warm, real, and collaborative. If you and/or your family members choose to work with me, I'll endeavor to create an environment that feels safe enough for you to take risks, be authentic and make lasting changes. We'll work together to explore the dynamics that may inadvertently by contributing to a problem cycle, so that you can feel empowered to act in more preferred ways of being.
(510) 401-3798 View (510) 401-3798
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Madilyn Schweikert
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95816
I'm trauma-informed and attachment-based; this means that I believe our current experiences can improve by tending to earlier relationship experiences.
​I help creatives and sensitive folks go deep in their therapy work so they can experience joyful relationships, better intimacy, and less stress & anxiety. Can we love others if we don’t love ourselves? Well, yes. No one deeply loves themselves all the time. Therapy with me will help you feel more clear on your needs and more confidence in yourself; this can improve your life and your relationships. I work with couples and individuals at Sacramento's leading relationship therapy center. Schedule online at www.lovehealgrow.com.
I'm trauma-informed and attachment-based; this means that I believe our current experiences can improve by tending to earlier relationship experiences.
​I help creatives and sensitive folks go deep in their therapy work so they can experience joyful relationships, better intimacy, and less stress & anxiety. Can we love others if we don’t love ourselves? Well, yes. No one deeply loves themselves all the time. Therapy with me will help you feel more clear on your needs and more confidence in yourself; this can improve your life and your relationships. I work with couples and individuals at Sacramento's leading relationship therapy center. Schedule online at www.lovehealgrow.com.
(916) 794-3610 View (916) 794-3610
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Cathleen Brinegar
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95831
My name is Cathleen Brinegar, and I am a faith-based Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) located in Westminster, CA. I offer both in-person therapy and remote therapy services via telehealth. I specialize in trauma therapy, attachment-based therapy, and addiction counseling. I’ve worked in correctional mental health, inpatient/outpatient drug and alcohol treatment programs, and faith-based rehabilitation programs. I am certified in Complex Trauma Therapy (CCTP) and Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT).
My name is Cathleen Brinegar, and I am a faith-based Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) located in Westminster, CA. I offer both in-person therapy and remote therapy services via telehealth. I specialize in trauma therapy, attachment-based therapy, and addiction counseling. I’ve worked in correctional mental health, inpatient/outpatient drug and alcohol treatment programs, and faith-based rehabilitation programs. I am certified in Complex Trauma Therapy (CCTP) and Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT).
(818) 418-0770 View (818) 418-0770
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Kyla M Ramirez
Associate Clinical Social Worker, MA, MS, ACSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95814
My specialties include trauma-informed practice, working with survivors of abuse and neglect, working with LGBTQ+, post-traumatic stress disorder, domestic violence, childhood trauma, teens/young adults, attachment-based therapy, burnout and secondary traumatic stress.
Life can be incredibly difficult at times and can feel overwhelming. It is my goal to empower my clients to believe in themselves, inspire change, and to allow space for self-love. When feelings of depression and anxiety are barriers to achieving your goals, leaving you feeling unworthy of happiness, and effecting your relationships, I am here to assist you in cultivating a sense of purpose and confidence. I want to help my clients set goals for their future, find their happiness, and thrive. I am here to provide a space for you to be you- your authentic self without judgement.
My specialties include trauma-informed practice, working with survivors of abuse and neglect, working with LGBTQ+, post-traumatic stress disorder, domestic violence, childhood trauma, teens/young adults, attachment-based therapy, burnout and secondary traumatic stress.
Life can be incredibly difficult at times and can feel overwhelming. It is my goal to empower my clients to believe in themselves, inspire change, and to allow space for self-love. When feelings of depression and anxiety are barriers to achieving your goals, leaving you feeling unworthy of happiness, and effecting your relationships, I am here to assist you in cultivating a sense of purpose and confidence. I want to help my clients set goals for their future, find their happiness, and thrive. I am here to provide a space for you to be you- your authentic self without judgement.
(530) 631-3140 View (530) 631-3140
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Victoria Moran
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 94206
Life can prove to be extremely difficult at times. However, it is these difficulties that can become incredible catalysts for deep healing and lasting change. I work with clients from an integrative & faith based approaches. This means that I intertwine a variety of modalities based on specific needs of a client with regards to the breadth of their life experience (i.e. mental, physical, cultural, faith).
Life can prove to be extremely difficult at times. However, it is these difficulties that can become incredible catalysts for deep healing and lasting change. I work with clients from an integrative & faith based approaches. This means that I intertwine a variety of modalities based on specific needs of a client with regards to the breadth of their life experience (i.e. mental, physical, cultural, faith).
(530) 296-6955 View (530) 296-6955
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Auria Zahed
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95830  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I also use Attachment-Based therapy, regarding relationships, to help clients gain insight on present thoughts, feelings, patterns, and behaviors that developed in childhood.
Hi there! My name is Auria Zahed, and I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I work with adults who are struggling with stress, anxiety, or depression due to the impacts of a negative self-talk, perfectionism, people-pleasing, or feeling "stuck". In each therapy session, I focus on mental well-being and emotional awareness, and my approach is a combination of a few therapeutic modalities. My sessions incorporate healing past traumas alongside accomplishing present goals. I currently specialize in working with women, victims of narcissistic abuse, and clients who identify as LGBTQ+ and/or BIPOC.
I also use Attachment-Based therapy, regarding relationships, to help clients gain insight on present thoughts, feelings, patterns, and behaviors that developed in childhood.
Hi there! My name is Auria Zahed, and I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I work with adults who are struggling with stress, anxiety, or depression due to the impacts of a negative self-talk, perfectionism, people-pleasing, or feeling "stuck". In each therapy session, I focus on mental well-being and emotional awareness, and my approach is a combination of a few therapeutic modalities. My sessions incorporate healing past traumas alongside accomplishing present goals. I currently specialize in working with women, victims of narcissistic abuse, and clients who identify as LGBTQ+ and/or BIPOC.
(714) 786-1711 View (714) 786-1711
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Erika Lin
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95843
My name is Erika Lin and I am a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I believe that who we are today is shaped by our past experiences and relationships. I like to work with my clients to recognize, identify, and change patterns in their lives in order to work towards the life they wish to live! I come from a family systems-based background and I work with clients to identify and make changes in their relationships and environment to achieve long-lasting change. I often utilize a systems approach, such as structural family therapy. I also utilize an emotionally-focused and attachment-based approach to therapy.
My name is Erika Lin and I am a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I believe that who we are today is shaped by our past experiences and relationships. I like to work with my clients to recognize, identify, and change patterns in their lives in order to work towards the life they wish to live! I come from a family systems-based background and I work with clients to identify and make changes in their relationships and environment to achieve long-lasting change. I often utilize a systems approach, such as structural family therapy. I also utilize an emotionally-focused and attachment-based approach to therapy.
(707) 943-5797 View (707) 943-5797
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Dania M Martinez
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95814
Some of my specialties include: children and families treating victims of abuse and neglect post-traumatic stress disorder, domestic violence, mood disorders, addiction attachment-based therapy and I'm adoption competent!.
Have you been feeling depressed, anxious or just overwhelmed with life? Are you ready for change? My goal as a therapist is to inspire motivation and purpose, and to support individuals and families in reaching their goals. when circumstances seem impossible, my aim is to help you find the tools you need to overcome life's challenges. I work diligently to empower individuals to look inward to find a sense of confidence and purpose. Watching people grow, while discovering their true selves and their life potential, is a very rewarding experience for me.
Some of my specialties include: children and families treating victims of abuse and neglect post-traumatic stress disorder, domestic violence, mood disorders, addiction attachment-based therapy and I'm adoption competent!.
Have you been feeling depressed, anxious or just overwhelmed with life? Are you ready for change? My goal as a therapist is to inspire motivation and purpose, and to support individuals and families in reaching their goals. when circumstances seem impossible, my aim is to help you find the tools you need to overcome life's challenges. I work diligently to empower individuals to look inward to find a sense of confidence and purpose. Watching people grow, while discovering their true selves and their life potential, is a very rewarding experience for me.
(424) 379-5249 View (424) 379-5249
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Molly Paris
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95819  (Online Only)
My therapeutic approach tends to be eclectic, pulling from various Psychodynamic theoretical frameworks including Internal Family Systems, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Schema Therapy, Attachment-Based Therapy, as well as DBT and CBT.
Sharing our inner experiences with someone can often feel frightening, which is exactly why I place such an importance on connection and acceptance in the therapeutic process. I aim to create a safe environment that will invite my clients to delve deeper into their personal narrative, as I truly believe we are not built to process emotions alone. As humans, we all have a propensity to grow and become our true selves, unfortunately we aren’t always gifted with the circumstances to allow it. I am passionate about creating a space for not only self-discovery and self acceptance, but to allow clients to feel seen, heard, and valued.
My therapeutic approach tends to be eclectic, pulling from various Psychodynamic theoretical frameworks including Internal Family Systems, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Schema Therapy, Attachment-Based Therapy, as well as DBT and CBT.
Sharing our inner experiences with someone can often feel frightening, which is exactly why I place such an importance on connection and acceptance in the therapeutic process. I aim to create a safe environment that will invite my clients to delve deeper into their personal narrative, as I truly believe we are not built to process emotions alone. As humans, we all have a propensity to grow and become our true selves, unfortunately we aren’t always gifted with the circumstances to allow it. I am passionate about creating a space for not only self-discovery and self acceptance, but to allow clients to feel seen, heard, and valued.
(619) 658-8738 View (619) 658-8738
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Rachel Chavez, LCSW, PPS & Associates
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PPS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 94203  (Online Only)
I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Social Work with a small team of amazing Associate Clinical Social Workers. Our specialties include working with children, teens and families, helping people of all ages heal from trauma and deal with stress and providing services including psychological evaluations for immigration cases. We also love working with members of the LGBTQ+ community, people who have migrated and their families and folks who have overcome multiple layers of hardship.
I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Social Work with a small team of amazing Associate Clinical Social Workers. Our specialties include working with children, teens and families, helping people of all ages heal from trauma and deal with stress and providing services including psychological evaluations for immigration cases. We also love working with members of the LGBTQ+ community, people who have migrated and their families and folks who have overcome multiple layers of hardship.
(530) 643-4652 View (530) 643-4652
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Nicholas K. Bennett
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 94203  (Online Only)
In couples therapy, I embrace the Gottman method and incorporate an attachment-based, emotionally focused approach.
I am licensed in both CA & WV. I have experience treating depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, specific phobias, and trauma in clients pre-teen through late adulthood. I have served on integrative teams for parents and children in CPS cases as well as on collaborative teams providing treatment for clients residing in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. Additionally, I have extensive experience working with service members and Veterans, survivors of sexual assault, and individuals who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, including transgender clients seeking gender reassignment surgeries.
In couples therapy, I embrace the Gottman method and incorporate an attachment-based, emotionally focused approach.
I am licensed in both CA & WV. I have experience treating depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, specific phobias, and trauma in clients pre-teen through late adulthood. I have served on integrative teams for parents and children in CPS cases as well as on collaborative teams providing treatment for clients residing in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. Additionally, I have extensive experience working with service members and Veterans, survivors of sexual assault, and individuals who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, including transgender clients seeking gender reassignment surgeries.
(805) 203-6673 View (805) 203-6673
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Giana Azizeh
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95825
Hi there! It’s important to experience a warm, nurturing, personalized space to help you reconnect with yourself and in your relationships. I’m passionate about helping individuals and couples overcome challenges surrounding intimacy, infidelity, communication, and connection. I promote my client’s individual growth and relationship health by incorporating Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Inner-Child Work, and Strength-Based approaches.
Hi there! It’s important to experience a warm, nurturing, personalized space to help you reconnect with yourself and in your relationships. I’m passionate about helping individuals and couples overcome challenges surrounding intimacy, infidelity, communication, and connection. I promote my client’s individual growth and relationship health by incorporating Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Inner-Child Work, and Strength-Based approaches.
(916) 252-5439 View (916) 252-5439
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Fatin Alhadi
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95814
Waitlist for new clients
Our experiences can lead us to struggle with difficult feelings interfering with how we want to live our lives. We can have difficulty in relationships, feel unsure about who we are or what we want, or feel stuck and find it difficult to move forward. People typically seek out therapy to live a happier, more fulfilled life, or feel better in the relationships they have with others. Therapy can help you develop a better understanding of yourself, understand why you feel how you feel, learn how to cope with difficult or overwhelming feelings, and how to move forward.
Our experiences can lead us to struggle with difficult feelings interfering with how we want to live our lives. We can have difficulty in relationships, feel unsure about who we are or what we want, or feel stuck and find it difficult to move forward. People typically seek out therapy to live a happier, more fulfilled life, or feel better in the relationships they have with others. Therapy can help you develop a better understanding of yourself, understand why you feel how you feel, learn how to cope with difficult or overwhelming feelings, and how to move forward.
(916) 469-0182 View (916) 469-0182
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Sage River Psychotherapy
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95816
Relationships are challenging. If you're struggling as a partner or parent, please know you are not alone. At Sage River Psychotherapy, we believe that we are all vulnerable to finding ourselves "stuck" in patterns that don't serve us well. We also believe in every person's ability to lead a fulfilling life and to maintain relationships that are meaningful, safe, and rewarding. If you're caught in cycles of conflict, anger, depression, anxiety, it's good that you're here. We'd love to help.
Relationships are challenging. If you're struggling as a partner or parent, please know you are not alone. At Sage River Psychotherapy, we believe that we are all vulnerable to finding ourselves "stuck" in patterns that don't serve us well. We also believe in every person's ability to lead a fulfilling life and to maintain relationships that are meaningful, safe, and rewarding. If you're caught in cycles of conflict, anger, depression, anxiety, it's good that you're here. We'd love to help.
(916) 525-8938 View (916) 525-8938
Attachment-based Therapists

Is attachment-based therapy the same as attachment therapy?

Attachment-based therapy may be confused with what is called “attachment therapy” (sometimes called “holding therapy”), a discredited and dangerous approach to treating children with attachment disorders, autism, or other mental health concerns. Attachment therapy—not attachment-based therapy—may involve restraining a child, forcing eye contact, and other coercive or abusive techniques. None of these practices are used in attachment-based therapy and the two modalities are in no way related.

What should I expect from attachment-based therapy?

Attachment-based therapy is based on attachment theory, which posits that children’s early relationships with their caregivers strongly influence their ability to navigate the world later in life. Thus, adults who seek attachment-based therapy should expect to deeply explore their childhood, identifying the dynamics or experiences that disrupted their attachment and the steps necessary to overcome challenges that arose as a result. Parents and children should expect to explore the possible factors that disrupted the parent-child relationship and work toward restoring trust and connection.

How long does attachment-based therapy last?

Certain forms of attachment-based therapy, especially those designed for parents and children, last for a set number of sessions; for example, Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up, a specific attachment-based approach for young children who have undergone early adversity, unfolds over 10 one-hour sessions. When attachment-based therapy is practiced on adults or combined with other modalities, it may not last a specific length of time; clients may wish to ask prospective therapists how long they expect treatment to take.

Does attachment-based therapy work?

Most of the research on attachment-based therapy focuses on children and adolescents. Some of this research shows a positive effect, especially for attachment-based family therapy (ABFT). Other studies, however, have found that attachment-based therapy is no more effective than other approaches to childhood depression, anxiety, or suicidality. Less is known about the therapy’s efficacy on adult populations.