Attachment-based Therapists in San Diego, CA

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Beauty for Ashes Transformation Center
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
Beauty for Ashes Transformation center is dedicated to helping individuals and families heal. Our team specializes in helping couples, adults, families in conflict, children, and adolescents heal from depression, anxiety, grief, and trauma. We also specialize in women's issues and in helping couples reduce conflict, and find intimacy and connection. We offer faith-based counseling to those who prefer to have faith be a part of their therapeutic journey.
Beauty for Ashes Transformation center is dedicated to helping individuals and families heal. Our team specializes in helping couples, adults, families in conflict, children, and adolescents heal from depression, anxiety, grief, and trauma. We also specialize in women's issues and in helping couples reduce conflict, and find intimacy and connection. We offer faith-based counseling to those who prefer to have faith be a part of their therapeutic journey.
(858) 567-0547 View (858) 567-0547
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Meg Semler
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92110
I help couples and individuals explore how our past experiences influence our current behaviors and relationships. I believe that a deeper understanding of the connection between past and present builds compassion for ourselves and our partners, gives us greater insight into our relational patterns, and fosters self-awareness and change. I use a trauma-informed, attachment-based approach to help couples rebuild intimacy, connection, and trust, and to help individuals heal past traumas and work to meet personal and relational goals.
I help couples and individuals explore how our past experiences influence our current behaviors and relationships. I believe that a deeper understanding of the connection between past and present builds compassion for ourselves and our partners, gives us greater insight into our relational patterns, and fosters self-awareness and change. I use a trauma-informed, attachment-based approach to help couples rebuild intimacy, connection, and trust, and to help individuals heal past traumas and work to meet personal and relational goals.
(619) 268-8266 View (619) 268-8266
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Ryanne Giorgione
Pre-Licensed Professional, APCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108  (Online Only)
I utilize trauma-informed practices and gravitate towards attachment-based, values, and mindfulness practices.
Sometimes our inner world seems chaotic and stressful. Sometimes we feel like we are going through life surrounded by a fog and can’t see a way out. Sometimes we experience something so significant that our life is turned upside down and we have a hard time coping. Regardless of what you are experiencing right now, it does not reflect anything about your worth and you do not have to navigate it alone. My goal as a therapist is to provide opportunities for you to work through the challenges of life while reconnecting with your authentic self and embracing your inner-knowing.
I utilize trauma-informed practices and gravitate towards attachment-based, values, and mindfulness practices.
Sometimes our inner world seems chaotic and stressful. Sometimes we feel like we are going through life surrounded by a fog and can’t see a way out. Sometimes we experience something so significant that our life is turned upside down and we have a hard time coping. Regardless of what you are experiencing right now, it does not reflect anything about your worth and you do not have to navigate it alone. My goal as a therapist is to provide opportunities for you to work through the challenges of life while reconnecting with your authentic self and embracing your inner-knowing.
(619) 505-0169 View (619) 505-0169
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Jessica Hattersley
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
I am passionate about working with individuals and couples, specifically those struggling with anxiety, trauma, and relational challenges. I believe each individual’s lived experience shapes who they are, and because of that, sometimes we get stuck in challenging patterns or with negative beliefs about ourselves. My aim is to help clients explore their past to inform their present and future, in order to bring clarity and relief to their life and their relationships.
I am passionate about working with individuals and couples, specifically those struggling with anxiety, trauma, and relational challenges. I believe each individual’s lived experience shapes who they are, and because of that, sometimes we get stuck in challenging patterns or with negative beliefs about ourselves. My aim is to help clients explore their past to inform their present and future, in order to bring clarity and relief to their life and their relationships.
(858) 331-8317 View (858) 331-8317
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Molly Paris
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108  (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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Amanda Lance-Sexton
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92163
Waitlist for new clients
I offer an attachment-based, family systems, whole person approach to wellness that embraces individuals across the lifespan. From children to tweens, adults, couples, and families, my goal is to create a warm and inviting space where healing and growth can flourish. Drawing from attachment theory, my therapeutic approach includes exploring the importance of early relationships and how they shape our well-being. I specialize in working with life transitions, anxiety, depression, relationships, and parenting.
I offer an attachment-based, family systems, whole person approach to wellness that embraces individuals across the lifespan. From children to tweens, adults, couples, and families, my goal is to create a warm and inviting space where healing and growth can flourish. Drawing from attachment theory, my therapeutic approach includes exploring the importance of early relationships and how they shape our well-being. I specialize in working with life transitions, anxiety, depression, relationships, and parenting.
(619) 344-8532 View (619) 344-8532
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Shawna McGrath
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92116  (Online Only)
This includes: psychodynamic & psychoanalytic therapy, Jungian dreamwork, existential therapy, emotionally focused therapy, attachment-based, and archetypal psychotherapy.
You may be experiencing disconnection from yourself, marked by depression, anxiety, confusion, or simply feeling that something is "off" or missing in life. I offer depth psychotherapy for these issues and more. Reconnect with yourself and resolve long held troubling patterns in your life around relationships, self-esteem, family dynamics, or anything else that needs attention and care. In psychotherapy, we work together to understand your situation at a deeper level for insight and transformation.
This includes: psychodynamic & psychoanalytic therapy, Jungian dreamwork, existential therapy, emotionally focused therapy, attachment-based, and archetypal psychotherapy.
You may be experiencing disconnection from yourself, marked by depression, anxiety, confusion, or simply feeling that something is "off" or missing in life. I offer depth psychotherapy for these issues and more. Reconnect with yourself and resolve long held troubling patterns in your life around relationships, self-esteem, family dynamics, or anything else that needs attention and care. In psychotherapy, we work together to understand your situation at a deeper level for insight and transformation.
(619) 759-6307 View (619) 759-6307
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Dave Fung
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
I utilize EFT, an attachment-based approach that focuses on how relationships influence us.
True story: I’ve gotten my truck stuck in the same sandy desert spot on TWO different occasions - both times, thinking I knew what to do. Nope. Both times I needed help. Like with my truck, the help I have received in my life has helped me understand who I am and now it inspires me to support others in their journey. I have the privilege of supporting numerous couples, teens, and individuals, and I take an approach that is warm, constructive, and collaborative. Our time is spent understanding who you are, what is getting you stuck, and exploring what it may take to get you where you want to be.
I utilize EFT, an attachment-based approach that focuses on how relationships influence us.
True story: I’ve gotten my truck stuck in the same sandy desert spot on TWO different occasions - both times, thinking I knew what to do. Nope. Both times I needed help. Like with my truck, the help I have received in my life has helped me understand who I am and now it inspires me to support others in their journey. I have the privilege of supporting numerous couples, teens, and individuals, and I take an approach that is warm, constructive, and collaborative. Our time is spent understanding who you are, what is getting you stuck, and exploring what it may take to get you where you want to be.
(619) 404-0468 View (619) 404-0468
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Tara Olivia D'Mello Kamath
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101
I specialize in working with children, adolescents, adults and families utilizing evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT), Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Therapy, Emotion-Focused therapy and Narrative Therapy.
I believe we all come into this life with trauma, whether it was inherited from ancestors or past generations or personally experienced in our lives, big or little T, none of us are exempt. This trauma tends to subconsciously inform our lives through our conditioned beliefs, patterns and behaviors. We all have a purpose, big or small and we all have the ability to heal our past traumas and live a conscious, fulfilled and purposeful life. My purpose is to help, guide and support others along their own healing journeys.
I specialize in working with children, adolescents, adults and families utilizing evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT), Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Therapy, Emotion-Focused therapy and Narrative Therapy.
I believe we all come into this life with trauma, whether it was inherited from ancestors or past generations or personally experienced in our lives, big or little T, none of us are exempt. This trauma tends to subconsciously inform our lives through our conditioned beliefs, patterns and behaviors. We all have a purpose, big or small and we all have the ability to heal our past traumas and live a conscious, fulfilled and purposeful life. My purpose is to help, guide and support others along their own healing journeys.
(619) 639-9465 View (619) 639-9465
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Sierra Family Therapy Center San Diego
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92130
At Sierra Family Therapy, we offer a wide range of treatment to provide deep healing and recovery. We offer Individual, Family, Couples, and Child/Adolescent treatment. We work with a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, dealing with grief, loss, loneliness, interpersonal relationships, trauma work using EMDR/Brainspotting, resolving sexual difficulties, healing childhood wounds, eating disorders, learning effective communication and anger release, overcoming money and power struggles, exploring purpose and meaning in life, and freeing creativity, spontaneity and joy.
At Sierra Family Therapy, we offer a wide range of treatment to provide deep healing and recovery. We offer Individual, Family, Couples, and Child/Adolescent treatment. We work with a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, dealing with grief, loss, loneliness, interpersonal relationships, trauma work using EMDR/Brainspotting, resolving sexual difficulties, healing childhood wounds, eating disorders, learning effective communication and anger release, overcoming money and power struggles, exploring purpose and meaning in life, and freeing creativity, spontaneity and joy.
(619) 329-9107 View (619) 329-9107
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Traci Wilson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92106
I approach therapy from an attachment-based and wholistic perspective, exploring each aspect of what makes you, you: your relationships, emotions, environment, and spirituality.
Life experiences can impact us in surprising, often difficult, and even traumatic ways leaving us feeling out of touch with ourselves and those around us. We all have a desire to feel understood, and that journey often begins within ourselves. My goal in therapy is to create a space where you feel heard and safe while we explore deeper into who you are and begin to wrestle with the question “where do I go from here?”.
I approach therapy from an attachment-based and wholistic perspective, exploring each aspect of what makes you, you: your relationships, emotions, environment, and spirituality.
Life experiences can impact us in surprising, often difficult, and even traumatic ways leaving us feeling out of touch with ourselves and those around us. We all have a desire to feel understood, and that journey often begins within ourselves. My goal in therapy is to create a space where you feel heard and safe while we explore deeper into who you are and begin to wrestle with the question “where do I go from here?”.
(619) 639-4291 View (619) 639-4291
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Toppacio Rodriguez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92154
I fundamentally use attachment-based and trauma focus lenses within my work.
Hello, my name is Toppacio Rodriguez, but you can refer to me as Topy. My pronouns are she/her (ella/ellas). As a therapist, I will follow your lead and provide suggestions and information on what options are available. I'm a big believer that having limited expectations only provide limited opportunities. I will collaborate with you to identify challenges in your path, brainstorm with you and be on your side as you see what works best. I have had the pleasure of learning from various groups and populations. I obtained experience working in Family Preservation assisting families through the reunification process.
I fundamentally use attachment-based and trauma focus lenses within my work.
Hello, my name is Toppacio Rodriguez, but you can refer to me as Topy. My pronouns are she/her (ella/ellas). As a therapist, I will follow your lead and provide suggestions and information on what options are available. I'm a big believer that having limited expectations only provide limited opportunities. I will collaborate with you to identify challenges in your path, brainstorm with you and be on your side as you see what works best. I have had the pleasure of learning from various groups and populations. I obtained experience working in Family Preservation assisting families through the reunification process.
(619) 853-3973 View (619) 853-3973
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Lauren Cortez
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92109
In my work with individuals, couples, and teens, I specialize in attachment-based trauma, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues.
You are not defined by the trauma you have endured. Anxiety, depression, and trauma can make it seem as if your life will forever be stuck on a constant, negative loop. The feelings of despair and hopelessness may have become so familiar that you accept them as your "normal." This pain can make it incredibly difficult to have hope and truly believe that, even for us, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The relief you crave, the joy you see in others (but have nearly convinced yourself is impossible for you), and the peace of mind you desire IS in fact possible, but you should not expect yourself do it alone.
In my work with individuals, couples, and teens, I specialize in attachment-based trauma, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues.
You are not defined by the trauma you have endured. Anxiety, depression, and trauma can make it seem as if your life will forever be stuck on a constant, negative loop. The feelings of despair and hopelessness may have become so familiar that you accept them as your "normal." This pain can make it incredibly difficult to have hope and truly believe that, even for us, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The relief you crave, the joy you see in others (but have nearly convinced yourself is impossible for you), and the peace of mind you desire IS in fact possible, but you should not expect yourself do it alone.
(619) 457-4355 View (619) 457-4355
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Cassidy O'Brien
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92130  (Online Only)
I work with children and teens of all ages, and specialize in working with “littles” (ages 0-5), with extensive training in early childhood mental health. I specialize in helping children cope with anxiety, depression, trauma, and difficult life transitions, and often take a cognitive-behavioral approach to teach adaptive coping skills to help kids manage challenges. I approach my work with children by viewing them in the context of the whole family, using a family-systems lens and attachment-based approach to strengthen family relationships and to support parents in developing tools to feel equipped to manage behavioral challenges.
I work with children and teens of all ages, and specialize in working with “littles” (ages 0-5), with extensive training in early childhood mental health. I specialize in helping children cope with anxiety, depression, trauma, and difficult life transitions, and often take a cognitive-behavioral approach to teach adaptive coping skills to help kids manage challenges. I approach my work with children by viewing them in the context of the whole family, using a family-systems lens and attachment-based approach to strengthen family relationships and to support parents in developing tools to feel equipped to manage behavioral challenges.
(858) 544-3412 View (858) 544-3412
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Claudia Floros
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92101
Hi there, my name is Claudia Floros (she/ ella), and I am a licensed professional clinical counselor. I help individuals struggling with a number of issues including depression, anxiety, family of origin conflict, intimacy issues, life transitions, and self-exploration to name a few. I proudly weave in both Spanish and English into my sessions to allow for a deeper sense of understanding and connection. It would be an honor to get to connect with you to learn of helpful tools and practices for you to reach your truest, deepest self.
Hi there, my name is Claudia Floros (she/ ella), and I am a licensed professional clinical counselor. I help individuals struggling with a number of issues including depression, anxiety, family of origin conflict, intimacy issues, life transitions, and self-exploration to name a few. I proudly weave in both Spanish and English into my sessions to allow for a deeper sense of understanding and connection. It would be an honor to get to connect with you to learn of helpful tools and practices for you to reach your truest, deepest self.
(619) 648-3474 View (619) 648-3474
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Hiedi Chan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
Being an immigrant, a child of an immigrant, a world traveler or an international student has left you feeling disconnected and like you don't belong. You feel alone even though you are among people, busy with school, work and life. You are not alone. Many of us, who uprooted ourselves by choice of our own or someone else, experience these feelings. These feelings are normal. You're human. The isolation and lack of belonging are exhausting and you long to feel better about your life and future.
Being an immigrant, a child of an immigrant, a world traveler or an international student has left you feeling disconnected and like you don't belong. You feel alone even though you are among people, busy with school, work and life. You are not alone. Many of us, who uprooted ourselves by choice of our own or someone else, experience these feelings. These feelings are normal. You're human. The isolation and lack of belonging are exhausting and you long to feel better about your life and future.
(858) 943-2556 View (858) 943-2556
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Adam Beer
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92106
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist who enjoys working with children, adolescents, parents, and adult individuals. My goal is to help you, your child, or your family feel better equipped and empowered to cope with life stressors. Many individuals have experienced challenges or traumatic events, you are not alone. Whether you wish to become a happier person, to feel less anxious, more confident, have better relationships, stop an unhealthy habit, or to simply understand yourself better, I can help you achieve this.
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist who enjoys working with children, adolescents, parents, and adult individuals. My goal is to help you, your child, or your family feel better equipped and empowered to cope with life stressors. Many individuals have experienced challenges or traumatic events, you are not alone. Whether you wish to become a happier person, to feel less anxious, more confident, have better relationships, stop an unhealthy habit, or to simply understand yourself better, I can help you achieve this.
(619) 648-3929 View (619) 648-3929
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Breanne Dargon | Pathways Family Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92121
I pull from a variety of approaches and modalities, including Structural Family Therapy, Attachment-based, Emotion-Focused, and Bowen Systems Therapy.
Hi there! Thank you for stopping by my page and I hope your search for support leads you to a relationship with a therapist that provides you with the guidance you are seeking . I value the power of connection and strongly believe that we deserve healthy relationships and genuine connection through our times of struggle.
I pull from a variety of approaches and modalities, including Structural Family Therapy, Attachment-based, Emotion-Focused, and Bowen Systems Therapy.
Hi there! Thank you for stopping by my page and I hope your search for support leads you to a relationship with a therapist that provides you with the guidance you are seeking . I value the power of connection and strongly believe that we deserve healthy relationships and genuine connection through our times of struggle.
(619) 541-5036 View (619) 541-5036
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Lauren Thibodeau
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92128
Lauren utilizes gender-affirming therapy, experiential, attachment-based interventions, somatic experiencing, and internal family systems therapies.
Lauren treats adults, couples, families, and adolescents, and is especially passionate in providing resources and care to the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities. She works with various clients, and while trained in a range of treatment types, she strives to tailor her therapeutic approach to each person and their unique, individual needs.
Lauren utilizes gender-affirming therapy, experiential, attachment-based interventions, somatic experiencing, and internal family systems therapies.
Lauren treats adults, couples, families, and adolescents, and is especially passionate in providing resources and care to the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities. She works with various clients, and while trained in a range of treatment types, she strives to tailor her therapeutic approach to each person and their unique, individual needs.
(657) 214-7701 View (657) 214-7701
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Jasmine Dyjak Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92101
Being human comes with gifts. And challenges. Perhaps your feeling stressed out or sad. Maybe you have experienced significant life stressors, need support with solving specific problems or have relationships concerns. Or maybe your looking for a judgment free zone, a structured place to process life and increase self-esteem.
Being human comes with gifts. And challenges. Perhaps your feeling stressed out or sad. Maybe you have experienced significant life stressors, need support with solving specific problems or have relationships concerns. Or maybe your looking for a judgment free zone, a structured place to process life and increase self-esteem.
(619) 853-3291 View (619) 853-3291
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.