Attachment-based Therapists in Washington, DC

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Dr. Michelle R Cook
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, PhD, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20006  (Online Only)
I have developed a high skill level in several modalities including; Psychodynamic, Relational and Attachment-based Therapy, Trauma Informed, Marriage and Family Therapy/Family Systems Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Forensic Therapy and Addictions.
Hello and thank you for having the courage and strength to learn more about YOU. Psychotherapy is a process and a process that I will take with you. About me: I began my career over 20 years ago, and have worked in several grassroots organizations with the common mission of empowering individuals. I have a love for service and advocacy particularity for the most vulnerable and disenfranchised groups.
I have developed a high skill level in several modalities including; Psychodynamic, Relational and Attachment-based Therapy, Trauma Informed, Marriage and Family Therapy/Family Systems Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Forensic Therapy and Addictions.
Hello and thank you for having the courage and strength to learn more about YOU. Psychotherapy is a process and a process that I will take with you. About me: I began my career over 20 years ago, and have worked in several grassroots organizations with the common mission of empowering individuals. I have a love for service and advocacy particularity for the most vulnerable and disenfranchised groups.
(202) 714-3369 View (202) 714-3369
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Hayley O'Brien
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
Welcome! I'm so glad you're here. You've made the courageous choice to seek professional help. I understand finding the right therapist can be tough, and this may be your first big step towards change. If you are wanting more calm and centeredness within yourself and more stability and connectedness in your relationships, we might be a good fit. I value collaboration, trust and safety above all else. I like to see us as a team where your sense of choice and voice are essential to the process. Together, we will work to forge a new path towards healing.
Welcome! I'm so glad you're here. You've made the courageous choice to seek professional help. I understand finding the right therapist can be tough, and this may be your first big step towards change. If you are wanting more calm and centeredness within yourself and more stability and connectedness in your relationships, we might be a good fit. I value collaboration, trust and safety above all else. I like to see us as a team where your sense of choice and voice are essential to the process. Together, we will work to forge a new path towards healing.
(202) 875-6116 View (202) 875-6116
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Adi Goldberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20002  (Online Only)
I am accepting new clients! I am a therapist that believes in meeting clients where they are and building sessions based on what the Client feels interested in focusing on. If you’re struggling with understanding how your past has impacted your current thoughts and actions, navigating through oppressive systems while maintaining pride in your identities, or interrupting unwanted thoughts and patterns- I can support you in building a life where you feel equipped to face the unexpected and feel present in your joyous moments. We will work together to find your inner strengths and support system to get you to your best life.
I am accepting new clients! I am a therapist that believes in meeting clients where they are and building sessions based on what the Client feels interested in focusing on. If you’re struggling with understanding how your past has impacted your current thoughts and actions, navigating through oppressive systems while maintaining pride in your identities, or interrupting unwanted thoughts and patterns- I can support you in building a life where you feel equipped to face the unexpected and feel present in your joyous moments. We will work together to find your inner strengths and support system to get you to your best life.
(202) 937-2698 View (202) 937-2698
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Dr. Aliza Goldberg
Psychological Associate, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20037  (Online Only)
My approach is active, identity-affirming, trauma-informed, and attachment-based.
Thanks for taking a look at my profile! I provide individual and couples therapy to adults and enjoy helping clients work through anxiety, trauma, attachment and relationship challenges, life transitions, and identity-related concerns. As your therapist, I will strive to understand your challenges and symptoms in the context of your personal history, biology, relationships, and intersectional identities. We will work collaboratively to develop an individualized treatment plan informed by our shared understanding of your presenting concerns and goals, my knowledge of psychology and evidence-based treatments, and your feedback.
My approach is active, identity-affirming, trauma-informed, and attachment-based.
Thanks for taking a look at my profile! I provide individual and couples therapy to adults and enjoy helping clients work through anxiety, trauma, attachment and relationship challenges, life transitions, and identity-related concerns. As your therapist, I will strive to understand your challenges and symptoms in the context of your personal history, biology, relationships, and intersectional identities. We will work collaboratively to develop an individualized treatment plan informed by our shared understanding of your presenting concerns and goals, my knowledge of psychology and evidence-based treatments, and your feedback.
(202) 915-7459 View (202) 915-7459
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Melanie Kolkin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20001  (Online Only)
Therapies Employed: Attachment-Based, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Culturally Sensitive, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Gender Affirming Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Multicultural, Person-Centered, Solution-Focused Therapy.
Mental health is the core of wellness. If that isn’t cultivated, everything else in life becomes ten times harder. I have been a therapist since 2018 and have broad experience in many areas. I possess excellent communication and rapport-building skills, as well as a strong background in trauma-informed clinical care, research, and advocacy. The most rewarding thing about being a therapist is the connection I make with clients and the trust they put in me. It is an experience I am both deeply humbled by and truly grateful for.
Therapies Employed: Attachment-Based, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Culturally Sensitive, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Gender Affirming Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Multicultural, Person-Centered, Solution-Focused Therapy.
Mental health is the core of wellness. If that isn’t cultivated, everything else in life becomes ten times harder. I have been a therapist since 2018 and have broad experience in many areas. I possess excellent communication and rapport-building skills, as well as a strong background in trauma-informed clinical care, research, and advocacy. The most rewarding thing about being a therapist is the connection I make with clients and the trust they put in me. It is an experience I am both deeply humbled by and truly grateful for.
(888) 870-6487 View (888) 870-6487
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Paul M Higgins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LGSW, LMSW, JD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
My therapeutic approaches include psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), strengths-based, client-centered, humanistic, mindfulness, and attachment-based models.
I am a psychotherapist in a private practice in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC, where I provide individual, couples, and group therapy. I work with adults experiencing a variety of challenges, including depression, anxiety, trauma, difficulties coping with life stressors, emotion regulation, self-esteem issues, and relationship difficulties. I bring a warm, supportive, non-judgmental, and collaborative style to therapy.
My therapeutic approaches include psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), strengths-based, client-centered, humanistic, mindfulness, and attachment-based models.
I am a psychotherapist in a private practice in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC, where I provide individual, couples, and group therapy. I work with adults experiencing a variety of challenges, including depression, anxiety, trauma, difficulties coping with life stressors, emotion regulation, self-esteem issues, and relationship difficulties. I bring a warm, supportive, non-judgmental, and collaborative style to therapy.
(202) 804-8096 View (202) 804-8096
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Mali G Parke - Life Coachmediator
Coach, CPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009
I support what wants to emerge with approaches from Systemic Family Constellations, Attachment-Based and Trauma-Informed, Brain-Informed Empathic Coaching & Training, Body-Based Somatic and Polyvagal Applications, Collaborative and Change-Making Communication Skills, Restorative Practices, Positive Discipline, Systemic Transformative Justice and Change.
Are you longing for vitality, a sense of choice or self-love/confidence in your life? Are you looking for authenticity, courageous conversations, resonance or deep trust repair in your relationship/s? Are you hoping to find how to live a meaningful and impactful life? I support authentic, compassionate and empowered relating to yourself and others with courageous journeying opening your full expression, connection and power for change. My clients are individuals, partners, co-parents, educators, caregivers or leaders, teams or groups who want to achieve greater trust, connection, resonance, collaboration and systemic resilience.
I support what wants to emerge with approaches from Systemic Family Constellations, Attachment-Based and Trauma-Informed, Brain-Informed Empathic Coaching & Training, Body-Based Somatic and Polyvagal Applications, Collaborative and Change-Making Communication Skills, Restorative Practices, Positive Discipline, Systemic Transformative Justice and Change.
Are you longing for vitality, a sense of choice or self-love/confidence in your life? Are you looking for authenticity, courageous conversations, resonance or deep trust repair in your relationship/s? Are you hoping to find how to live a meaningful and impactful life? I support authentic, compassionate and empowered relating to yourself and others with courageous journeying opening your full expression, connection and power for change. My clients are individuals, partners, co-parents, educators, caregivers or leaders, teams or groups who want to achieve greater trust, connection, resonance, collaboration and systemic resilience.
(202) 760-2780 View (202) 760-2780
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Ana Cristina Ponce @ Modern Balance Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20002  (Online Only)
I offer a multicultural, relational, trauma-informed, and attachment-based approach to therapy.
Modern Balance Counseling is a bilingual virtual therapy practice for folks living in Texas, Michigan, DC, Virginia, and Florida. If you are navigating changes in your relationship, if you are navigating parenthood (in the teen years or the early years), if you are ready to own the healing of your inner child, if you are ready to discover more about yourself and heal from the scripts of the past... then this is the space for you! The name of the practice evokes its "why" as well as what I hope will be its offering for all that work with me. More than work-life balance, something relevant and practical... Modern Balance.
I offer a multicultural, relational, trauma-informed, and attachment-based approach to therapy.
Modern Balance Counseling is a bilingual virtual therapy practice for folks living in Texas, Michigan, DC, Virginia, and Florida. If you are navigating changes in your relationship, if you are navigating parenthood (in the teen years or the early years), if you are ready to own the healing of your inner child, if you are ready to discover more about yourself and heal from the scripts of the past... then this is the space for you! The name of the practice evokes its "why" as well as what I hope will be its offering for all that work with me. More than work-life balance, something relevant and practical... Modern Balance.
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Patricia Parra Moreno
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20007  (Online Only)
My approach to therapy includes EMDR processing, attachment-based resourcing and CBT techniques.
Do you ever feel like an imposter or struggle with feelings of inadequacy? Perhaps you lean towards perfectionism and feel like nothing you ever do is quite enough. Is it sometimes hard for you to set boundaries or take care of your needs? Many people with childhood trauma grapple with these difficulties and more. It may be hard for you to feel connected with others or to shake off feelings of loneliness. Sometimes you might even feel like it's hard to enjoy the good things in your life.
My approach to therapy includes EMDR processing, attachment-based resourcing and CBT techniques.
Do you ever feel like an imposter or struggle with feelings of inadequacy? Perhaps you lean towards perfectionism and feel like nothing you ever do is quite enough. Is it sometimes hard for you to set boundaries or take care of your needs? Many people with childhood trauma grapple with these difficulties and more. It may be hard for you to feel connected with others or to shake off feelings of loneliness. Sometimes you might even feel like it's hard to enjoy the good things in your life.
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Meredith Luttrell
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCPC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20001
I view therapy as a collaborative process where the client is the expert on themselves, and the therapeutic relationship is the most important factor in creating change. It is important to have a safe, empowering, and supportive environment in order to examine hurtful relationship patterns and emotional difficulties, and in turn change negative self-evaluations to better respond to life's challenges. I am genuinely interested in and committed to helping my clients gain insight and express their needs in order to engage in more healthy relationships and live the life they want.
I view therapy as a collaborative process where the client is the expert on themselves, and the therapeutic relationship is the most important factor in creating change. It is important to have a safe, empowering, and supportive environment in order to examine hurtful relationship patterns and emotional difficulties, and in turn change negative self-evaluations to better respond to life's challenges. I am genuinely interested in and committed to helping my clients gain insight and express their needs in order to engage in more healthy relationships and live the life they want.
(757) 793-2859 View (757) 793-2859
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The Barker Adoption Foundation
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20011
I utilize my expertise in adoption-competency, attachment-based therapy, sensory-integration interventions, and trauma-informed therapy to provide interventions that are tailored for your unique child/teen and/or family.
Touched by Adoption? The Barker Foundation recognizes that adoption is a lifelong journey, with normal developmental challenges and tasks. We will walk with you through and support you through your journey. Whether you are an adoptive parent with a child that is struggling emotionally or academically; a birth parent who is seeking understanding, reflection, or search and reunion; or an adoptee looking for support- we are here for you.
I utilize my expertise in adoption-competency, attachment-based therapy, sensory-integration interventions, and trauma-informed therapy to provide interventions that are tailored for your unique child/teen and/or family.
Touched by Adoption? The Barker Foundation recognizes that adoption is a lifelong journey, with normal developmental challenges and tasks. We will walk with you through and support you through your journey. Whether you are an adoptive parent with a child that is struggling emotionally or academically; a birth parent who is seeking understanding, reflection, or search and reunion; or an adoptee looking for support- we are here for you.
(240) 245-2720 View (240) 245-2720
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Lindsay Summers
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20001  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
In addition, I integrate motivational interviewing (MI), polyvagal theory, narrative therapy, psychodynamic theories, attachment-based therapy, and strength-based therapy modalities.
I am a licensed therapist practicing in Maryland, DC, and South Carolina. I approach my practice through a lens of anti-oppression, feminist, and queer theory. Recognizing the healing potential of the therapeutic relationship, I emphasize client-centered therapy that values and honors all aspects of my clients' identities. I continuously strive to address my power and privilege, serving as an ally to BIPOC, disabled individuals, sex workers, those living in poverty, fat/larger bodied individuals, immigrants, houseless individuals, the aging population, individuals under the age of 18, and those who are or have been incarcerated.
In addition, I integrate motivational interviewing (MI), polyvagal theory, narrative therapy, psychodynamic theories, attachment-based therapy, and strength-based therapy modalities.
I am a licensed therapist practicing in Maryland, DC, and South Carolina. I approach my practice through a lens of anti-oppression, feminist, and queer theory. Recognizing the healing potential of the therapeutic relationship, I emphasize client-centered therapy that values and honors all aspects of my clients' identities. I continuously strive to address my power and privilege, serving as an ally to BIPOC, disabled individuals, sex workers, those living in poverty, fat/larger bodied individuals, immigrants, houseless individuals, the aging population, individuals under the age of 18, and those who are or have been incarcerated.
(301) 820-7762 View (301) 820-7762
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Karen L Hahn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20007
I have completed specialized training in Trauma Focused Therapy, Attachment-based Therapy, Child Centered Play Therapy, and Sand Tray Therapy.
My work with adults includes those with a trauma history, depression, anxiety, grief, relational issues, somatic symptoms with no medical explanation, feeling stuck or sensing that something is just “not right”, as well as healthcare providers & other first responders who have experienced increased stress during the COVID crisis. My experience with children includes those with a trauma history, adoption, depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, divorce, school refusal, low self-esteem, difficult peer & family relationships, immigration, & cross-cultural adjustments.
I have completed specialized training in Trauma Focused Therapy, Attachment-based Therapy, Child Centered Play Therapy, and Sand Tray Therapy.
My work with adults includes those with a trauma history, depression, anxiety, grief, relational issues, somatic symptoms with no medical explanation, feeling stuck or sensing that something is just “not right”, as well as healthcare providers & other first responders who have experienced increased stress during the COVID crisis. My experience with children includes those with a trauma history, adoption, depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, divorce, school refusal, low self-esteem, difficult peer & family relationships, immigration, & cross-cultural adjustments.
(571) 487-7202 View (571) 487-7202
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Inma Iglesias
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C, RPT-S
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20011  (Online Only)
I am trained in Trauma-Informed, Psychodynamic therapies, and CBT, and I offer an attachment-based approach in therapy.
I work with children, adolescents, and adults. I specialize in attachment, conflictive relationships, life transitions, anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD and executive functioning deficits. I have experience working with children that struggle with behavior and emotional dysregulation. I provide family therapy to support parents in managing behavioral challenges at home and can also provide coaching to their teachers. As a Play Therapist Supervisor and board approved supervisor in Maryland, I offer clinical consultation and trainings to other mental health professionals.
I am trained in Trauma-Informed, Psychodynamic therapies, and CBT, and I offer an attachment-based approach in therapy.
I work with children, adolescents, and adults. I specialize in attachment, conflictive relationships, life transitions, anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD and executive functioning deficits. I have experience working with children that struggle with behavior and emotional dysregulation. I provide family therapy to support parents in managing behavioral challenges at home and can also provide coaching to their teachers. As a Play Therapist Supervisor and board approved supervisor in Maryland, I offer clinical consultation and trainings to other mental health professionals.
(202) 602-2282 View (202) 602-2282
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Sahaya Therapy, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20006  (Online Only)
I believe that each individual that seeks therapy makes an important decision to create a change. I understand that asking for help and taking the first step feels difficult. I am qualified with professional and life experience for 30 years to assist you in making the desired change. I am sincerely committed, enthusiastic, dedicated, and available to assist you to take charge and create that positive desired outcome to discover the road to recovery. My mission is to provide quality psychotherapy and recovery services for late teens, adults, couples, and families for them to reach their fullest potential and personal growth.
I believe that each individual that seeks therapy makes an important decision to create a change. I understand that asking for help and taking the first step feels difficult. I am qualified with professional and life experience for 30 years to assist you in making the desired change. I am sincerely committed, enthusiastic, dedicated, and available to assist you to take charge and create that positive desired outcome to discover the road to recovery. My mission is to provide quality psychotherapy and recovery services for late teens, adults, couples, and families for them to reach their fullest potential and personal growth.
(571) 297-2579 View (571) 297-2579
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Nicolle Castro Caroca
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Originally from Chile, I am a bilingual culturally-conscious and trauma-informed therapist helping individuals heal from intergenerational trauma, migratory and cultural issues, family dysfunction, sex and relational issues, and mood disorders. Whether this is your first time or not, if you’re here you’re taking an active step to dedicate time and invest in you and your wellbeing. That is AWESOME. I value the co-creation of a strong relationship that allows reconnection with your emotional self, all the intersections of your existence, and the life experiences that informed your view of self and the world.
Originally from Chile, I am a bilingual culturally-conscious and trauma-informed therapist helping individuals heal from intergenerational trauma, migratory and cultural issues, family dysfunction, sex and relational issues, and mood disorders. Whether this is your first time or not, if you’re here you’re taking an active step to dedicate time and invest in you and your wellbeing. That is AWESOME. I value the co-creation of a strong relationship that allows reconnection with your emotional self, all the intersections of your existence, and the life experiences that informed your view of self and the world.
(202) 846-2337 View (202) 846-2337
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Joseph Kosowsky
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20005
Do you feel like life has become more challenging? Have you begun to feel less fulfilled or feel like something is wrong? People seek therapy at various stages of their life to address their challenges. Sometimes you might know why, and other times it can be confusing or difficult to pinpoint. Therapy not only can help you understand your sources of stress but also to improve symptoms that prevent you from feeling your best. Together, we will work to support you, face challenges within yourself, work towards your goals, and, most importantly, improve your own sense of a life that is meaningful and fulfilled.
Do you feel like life has become more challenging? Have you begun to feel less fulfilled or feel like something is wrong? People seek therapy at various stages of their life to address their challenges. Sometimes you might know why, and other times it can be confusing or difficult to pinpoint. Therapy not only can help you understand your sources of stress but also to improve symptoms that prevent you from feeling your best. Together, we will work to support you, face challenges within yourself, work towards your goals, and, most importantly, improve your own sense of a life that is meaningful and fulfilled.
(202) 831-4943 View (202) 831-4943
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Tyrone White
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, LCSW, CGP
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20011  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Together we can improve your health, well-being, and help you overcome obstacles that may be getting in the way of life. My approach typically targets how you can be more open, aware, and actively engaged in your life. It is informed by a commitment to healing justice and fostering diversity and inclusion in all spaces. To accomplish this, I use several frameworks that bolster your intrinsic strengths, aid you in shaking free of unhelpful stories, deepen your sense of self-awareness, and allow you to heal collectively with natural supports. I also integrate the wisdom and the life experience that you bring.
Together we can improve your health, well-being, and help you overcome obstacles that may be getting in the way of life. My approach typically targets how you can be more open, aware, and actively engaged in your life. It is informed by a commitment to healing justice and fostering diversity and inclusion in all spaces. To accomplish this, I use several frameworks that bolster your intrinsic strengths, aid you in shaking free of unhelpful stories, deepen your sense of self-awareness, and allow you to heal collectively with natural supports. I also integrate the wisdom and the life experience that you bring.
(202) 991-3700 View (202) 991-3700
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Rachel Yutzy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSS , LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20002
I enjoy working with clients of all ages in individual, family, and group contexts. My practice is rooted in compassion and collaboration with clients and families, and I am experienced in working with clients through the lifespan regarding anxiety, OCD, trauma, and grief related issues. I excel in building a strong therapeutic relationship and believe this is the foundation of change and personal growth. I approach sessions with empathy and creativity, helping my clients as they learn to manage difficult emotions, navigate life’s many challenges, and cultivate healthy relationships.
I enjoy working with clients of all ages in individual, family, and group contexts. My practice is rooted in compassion and collaboration with clients and families, and I am experienced in working with clients through the lifespan regarding anxiety, OCD, trauma, and grief related issues. I excel in building a strong therapeutic relationship and believe this is the foundation of change and personal growth. I approach sessions with empathy and creativity, helping my clients as they learn to manage difficult emotions, navigate life’s many challenges, and cultivate healthy relationships.
(844) 719-3413 View (844) 719-3413
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Daniel Morris
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LISW-CP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20006  (Online Only)
Life is lived in the intersection where intentions and outcomes are determined by our actions. We are happy when our intentions match our outcomes... but when they do not, we can feel stressed, anxious, depressed, disappointed or even desperate. At such moments, it is helpful to speak to someone that can help us feel understood and find the courage to power forward.
Life is lived in the intersection where intentions and outcomes are determined by our actions. We are happy when our intentions match our outcomes... but when they do not, we can feel stressed, anxious, depressed, disappointed or even desperate. At such moments, it is helpful to speak to someone that can help us feel understood and find the courage to power forward.
(202) 931-7269 View (202) 931-7269

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.