Attachment-based Therapists in Boston, MA

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Ashley Walker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02128  (Online Only)
I utilize a variety of treatment methods including CBT, mindfulness, and attachment-based strategies that are tailored to each individual.
Are there times when you feel anxious, sad, or uncertain? Do you have difficulty coping with your stressors and find that you often push or run away from unwanted thoughts and feelings? You have taken the brave first step to search for a clinician who may fit your needs. Clients who come to me can expect a trusting, compassionate, respectful therapeutic environment that fosters creating positive solutions. We will work together to address your unique needs and challenges in a non-judgmental, safe environment.
I utilize a variety of treatment methods including CBT, mindfulness, and attachment-based strategies that are tailored to each individual.
Are there times when you feel anxious, sad, or uncertain? Do you have difficulty coping with your stressors and find that you often push or run away from unwanted thoughts and feelings? You have taken the brave first step to search for a clinician who may fit your needs. Clients who come to me can expect a trusting, compassionate, respectful therapeutic environment that fosters creating positive solutions. We will work together to address your unique needs and challenges in a non-judgmental, safe environment.
(561) 770-6408 View (561) 770-6408
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Victoria LaTronica
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02114  (Online Only)
As a LICSW, I view people through the lens of their intersectional identities, within the greater context of their environment. I have worked with children, adolescents, young adults, and adults for nearly a decade in various settings. I am an affirming, supportive, active ally to the LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent communities. When life becomes overwhelming, it can be helpful to have a trusted support. I look forward to empowering you along your journey of self-discovery, whether that be seeking self-acceptance, integration of self or change-focused supports. I also take OptumVA. Please email me for a link to my scheduling platform.
As a LICSW, I view people through the lens of their intersectional identities, within the greater context of their environment. I have worked with children, adolescents, young adults, and adults for nearly a decade in various settings. I am an affirming, supportive, active ally to the LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent communities. When life becomes overwhelming, it can be helpful to have a trusted support. I look forward to empowering you along your journey of self-discovery, whether that be seeking self-acceptance, integration of self or change-focused supports. I also take OptumVA. Please email me for a link to my scheduling platform.
(781) 227-8403 View (781) 227-8403
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Jane Finley- Meridian Psychotherapy Associates
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02110
I utilize approaches such as, but not limited to, CBT, DBT, IFS, Psychodynamic, Narrative, Attachment-Based, Mindfulness, and Solution-Focused therapies.
I am an empathetic and compassionate clinical Psychotherapist in Massachusetts with Meridian Psychotherapy Associates, a team of culturally sensitive and trauma-informed psychotherapists. We work with individuals, couples, and families who may be struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, and other life stressors. Our ultimate mission is to support your healing process. We believe that your lived experiences should and will be heard.
I utilize approaches such as, but not limited to, CBT, DBT, IFS, Psychodynamic, Narrative, Attachment-Based, Mindfulness, and Solution-Focused therapies.
I am an empathetic and compassionate clinical Psychotherapist in Massachusetts with Meridian Psychotherapy Associates, a team of culturally sensitive and trauma-informed psychotherapists. We work with individuals, couples, and families who may be struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, and other life stressors. Our ultimate mission is to support your healing process. We believe that your lived experiences should and will be heard.
(617) 872-3612 View (617) 872-3612
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Kimika Watkins-Tashima
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02109  (Online Only)
She will use an integrative approach to intervention using her training in trauma-focused, psychodynamics, attachment-based, IFS, component-based psychotherapy, DBT, EMDR, body-mind approach such as sensorimotor psychotherapy, family therapy, ARC, SMART, Mindfulness and CBT.
Kimika is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) with 15+ years of clinical experience partnering with adults, children, families and couples seeking help with a wide variety of issues. She specializes particularly in treating individuals impacted by trauma including but not limited to attachment issues, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, sociocultural issues, addiction, emotion regulation issues, loss, and life transition.
She will use an integrative approach to intervention using her training in trauma-focused, psychodynamics, attachment-based, IFS, component-based psychotherapy, DBT, EMDR, body-mind approach such as sensorimotor psychotherapy, family therapy, ARC, SMART, Mindfulness and CBT.
Kimika is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) with 15+ years of clinical experience partnering with adults, children, families and couples seeking help with a wide variety of issues. She specializes particularly in treating individuals impacted by trauma including but not limited to attachment issues, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, sociocultural issues, addiction, emotion regulation issues, loss, and life transition.
(508) 406-7522 View (508) 406-7522
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Johnny Xu
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02116  (Online Only)
Using attachment-based, cognitive, solution-focused, mindfulness-based, and trauma-informed therapy I ensure that our therapeutic relationship is a refuge from larger systemic trauma.
I believe the greatest gift a therapist can offer is full presence with a compassionate ear. Many clients seek therapy because something that was working for them is no longer working. Maybe you feel stuck, unseen, unheard, anxious, angry, or "enmeshed" in your interpersonal relationships. Maybe there's estrangement or you are contemplating cutoff. Maybe your values are being tested by your workplace. You have been here for a long time, but believed you needed permission to feel this way: "Just another year," "just a little more." In our therapy space, even if you take your shoes off at the door, you can bring your whole self.
Using attachment-based, cognitive, solution-focused, mindfulness-based, and trauma-informed therapy I ensure that our therapeutic relationship is a refuge from larger systemic trauma.
I believe the greatest gift a therapist can offer is full presence with a compassionate ear. Many clients seek therapy because something that was working for them is no longer working. Maybe you feel stuck, unseen, unheard, anxious, angry, or "enmeshed" in your interpersonal relationships. Maybe there's estrangement or you are contemplating cutoff. Maybe your values are being tested by your workplace. You have been here for a long time, but believed you needed permission to feel this way: "Just another year," "just a little more." In our therapy space, even if you take your shoes off at the door, you can bring your whole self.
(508) 687-6479 View (508) 687-6479
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Keisha Barnes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW, PIP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02114  (Online Only)
As an attachment-based therapist, I specialize in emotional pain & trauma.
Emotions like anxiety, sadness and shame are so overwhelming that it feels like your body could shatter from all of your feelings. A painful childhood, challenging relationships, loss or another distressing experience has left you feeling hopeless. You've never been able to explain what feeling abandoned is like, or why it's so hard to trust, so you feel more isolated in being misunderstood. You have some regrets on how you've responded or acted in the past while you were just trying to survive or feel connection.
As an attachment-based therapist, I specialize in emotional pain & trauma.
Emotions like anxiety, sadness and shame are so overwhelming that it feels like your body could shatter from all of your feelings. A painful childhood, challenging relationships, loss or another distressing experience has left you feeling hopeless. You've never been able to explain what feeling abandoned is like, or why it's so hard to trust, so you feel more isolated in being misunderstood. You have some regrets on how you've responded or acted in the past while you were just trying to survive or feel connection.
(919) 822-9125 View (919) 822-9125
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Anna Weiss- Psychotherapist And Parent Coach
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, MA
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02199  (Online Only)
I draw on psychodynamic, CBT, and attachment-based treatment modalities.
My approach to therapy is collaborative, strength-based, and client-centered. I believe in the healing power that exists within each individual, which is nurtured and strengthened within the context of our therapeutic relationship. I work with children, adults, and families who are facing complex struggles, including: parent-child relationship issues, transition to parenthood, postpartum difficulties, life transitions, behavior challenges, depression, anxiety, and more. My style is warm, empathic, and compassionate, and I work to create a safe environment to help you better understand and address the challenges you are facing.
I draw on psychodynamic, CBT, and attachment-based treatment modalities.
My approach to therapy is collaborative, strength-based, and client-centered. I believe in the healing power that exists within each individual, which is nurtured and strengthened within the context of our therapeutic relationship. I work with children, adults, and families who are facing complex struggles, including: parent-child relationship issues, transition to parenthood, postpartum difficulties, life transitions, behavior challenges, depression, anxiety, and more. My style is warm, empathic, and compassionate, and I work to create a safe environment to help you better understand and address the challenges you are facing.
(617) 819-0204 View (617) 819-0204
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Megan Blomberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02114  (Online Only)
I work with adults at all stages who express concerns with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, relationship difficulties, and adjustment challenges to loss or life transitions. My approach to therapy is very non-judgmental and de-stigmatizing, which tends to help lower defensiveness and enable honest self-reflection. The psychological safety to reflect on deep seated trauma wounds, difficult emotions, or toxic shame is paramount to healing because they are often the primary drivers of most mental health symptoms and unwanted behaviors.
I work with adults at all stages who express concerns with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, relationship difficulties, and adjustment challenges to loss or life transitions. My approach to therapy is very non-judgmental and de-stigmatizing, which tends to help lower defensiveness and enable honest self-reflection. The psychological safety to reflect on deep seated trauma wounds, difficult emotions, or toxic shame is paramount to healing because they are often the primary drivers of most mental health symptoms and unwanted behaviors.
(617) 752-8121 View (617) 752-8121
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Lexie Kremp
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02135  (Online Only)
As a trauma-informed, attachment-based therapist, I’m not interested in fixing you. I am interested in simply getting to know you. That’s it. Of course, we will be working together on YOU. But our relationship will be the center of the work. I ask that you show up each session as yourself, as much as you can that day, and we will take it from there. If showing up as yourself sounds scary, I totally understand. I will always work to show up as myself, too. You can expect me to tell you about my cat, or the coffee place I’ve tried recently, or to talk about whatever book I am reading. My goal is for therapy to be a conversation.
As a trauma-informed, attachment-based therapist, I’m not interested in fixing you. I am interested in simply getting to know you. That’s it. Of course, we will be working together on YOU. But our relationship will be the center of the work. I ask that you show up each session as yourself, as much as you can that day, and we will take it from there. If showing up as yourself sounds scary, I totally understand. I will always work to show up as myself, too. You can expect me to tell you about my cat, or the coffee place I’ve tried recently, or to talk about whatever book I am reading. My goal is for therapy to be a conversation.
(215) 714-4300 View (215) 714-4300
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Amanda Weintraub
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02116  (Online Only)
Limited availability at this time. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has provided psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families across the life spectrum for over 10 years. I have been told my style is warm, engaging, and dynamic. I believe that overcoming anxiety, depression, PTSD, complex trauma, and other forms of chronic and acute symptoms can happen within a collaborative and attachment-based therapeutic approach. Transformative healing is possible for all of us! It is an honor to be with my clients on each of their unique journeys.
Limited availability at this time. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has provided psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families across the life spectrum for over 10 years. I have been told my style is warm, engaging, and dynamic. I believe that overcoming anxiety, depression, PTSD, complex trauma, and other forms of chronic and acute symptoms can happen within a collaborative and attachment-based therapeutic approach. Transformative healing is possible for all of us! It is an honor to be with my clients on each of their unique journeys.
(351) 205-1736 View (351) 205-1736
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Nikki Huijun Li
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, R-DMT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02111
Nikki provides culturally-affirming, attachment-based, queer-affirming, poly-friendly, strength-based and client-centered services, integrating trauma-informed and evidence-based theories including Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT), Expressive Arts Therapy, Family Systems Theory, Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Mindfulness.
Nikki works with children and adults of all backgrounds, specializing in children with special needs, parenting/co-parenting, couples therapy and polyamory, international students, and Asian mental health. She has experience with a wide range of issues including anxiety, communication, self-image, personal growth, embodiment, relational issues, boundary setting, neurodivergent and queer experiences, racial trauma, etc. Her therapeutic approach is creative and relational, and she provides language-specific care in both English and Mandarin Chinese.
Nikki provides culturally-affirming, attachment-based, queer-affirming, poly-friendly, strength-based and client-centered services, integrating trauma-informed and evidence-based theories including Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT), Expressive Arts Therapy, Family Systems Theory, Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Mindfulness.
Nikki works with children and adults of all backgrounds, specializing in children with special needs, parenting/co-parenting, couples therapy and polyamory, international students, and Asian mental health. She has experience with a wide range of issues including anxiety, communication, self-image, personal growth, embodiment, relational issues, boundary setting, neurodivergent and queer experiences, racial trauma, etc. Her therapeutic approach is creative and relational, and she provides language-specific care in both English and Mandarin Chinese.
(617) 765-9820 View (617) 765-9820
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Youngsuk Kim
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02108  (Online Only)
I provide integrative therapy using evidence-based treatment approaches including cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), cognitive processing therapy (CPT), prolonged exposure (PE), complex grief therapy, trauma-focused therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and attachment-based therapy.
Independent of my job at MGH/Harvard Medical School as a clinical psychologist, I see clients in my private practice (Psychological Care and Consultancy, PLLC). I provide video telehealth only. I have extensive experience treating adults and 65+ suffering from anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, trauma, grief and loss, adjustment difficulties, low self-esteem, stresses associated with relationship and family conflicts, and educational and occupational concerns. I also have experience working with health professionals, high-functioning autism, late teens, and military service members. I am licensed in MA and RI.
I provide integrative therapy using evidence-based treatment approaches including cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), cognitive processing therapy (CPT), prolonged exposure (PE), complex grief therapy, trauma-focused therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and attachment-based therapy.
Independent of my job at MGH/Harvard Medical School as a clinical psychologist, I see clients in my private practice (Psychological Care and Consultancy, PLLC). I provide video telehealth only. I have extensive experience treating adults and 65+ suffering from anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, trauma, grief and loss, adjustment difficulties, low self-esteem, stresses associated with relationship and family conflicts, and educational and occupational concerns. I also have experience working with health professionals, high-functioning autism, late teens, and military service members. I am licensed in MA and RI.
(857) 380-0222 View (857) 380-0222
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Andre Perreault
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02110
I am a psychotherapist specializing in relationship counseling. Couples most often come in saying, “we’re having difficulty communicating”. I understand relationship dynamics, emotional communication, and the neurophysiology of secure connections. I help clients better understand their patterns of connection as well as conflict, and I will help make your relationship stronger.
I am a psychotherapist specializing in relationship counseling. Couples most often come in saying, “we’re having difficulty communicating”. I understand relationship dynamics, emotional communication, and the neurophysiology of secure connections. I help clients better understand their patterns of connection as well as conflict, and I will help make your relationship stronger.
(617) 606-7738 View (617) 606-7738
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Carl J DeJohn Jr
MA, LPCC-S
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02101
My clinical approaches are as follows: Attachment-Based Therapy, CBT, DBT, Existential Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma-focused.
Being able to recognize our own strengths and how we have used those strengths to succeed in the past, can be a useful tool in reducing acute symptoms of anxiety, depression, and many other mental health concerns. Long-term, I work with clients in hopes of building the confidence and skill set to move forward knowing that they are more than capable of managing anything that life throws your way. I believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and that every person has the ability within themselves to not only enact change, but be their very own change agent.
My clinical approaches are as follows: Attachment-Based Therapy, CBT, DBT, Existential Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma-focused.
Being able to recognize our own strengths and how we have used those strengths to succeed in the past, can be a useful tool in reducing acute symptoms of anxiety, depression, and many other mental health concerns. Long-term, I work with clients in hopes of building the confidence and skill set to move forward knowing that they are more than capable of managing anything that life throws your way. I believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and that every person has the ability within themselves to not only enact change, but be their very own change agent.
(440) 745-7235 View (440) 745-7235
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Renee Grelecki
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02101  (Online Only)
I pull from attachment-based neuroscience and trauma-informed practices.
I work with individuals to strengthen their sense of choice and meaning in their lives. I believe we can emerge more whole when we get curious about the parts of us that seem inglorious. I do not believe in oversimplifying the human condition into "good" or "bad" because there is more truth in the spectrum. I want therapy to be accessible, helpful and grounded in the reality that we live our day-to-day lives outside the therapy office. Good therapy extends beyond one hour a week; good therapy informs how we relate to, engage with and move through the real world.
I pull from attachment-based neuroscience and trauma-informed practices.
I work with individuals to strengthen their sense of choice and meaning in their lives. I believe we can emerge more whole when we get curious about the parts of us that seem inglorious. I do not believe in oversimplifying the human condition into "good" or "bad" because there is more truth in the spectrum. I want therapy to be accessible, helpful and grounded in the reality that we live our day-to-day lives outside the therapy office. Good therapy extends beyond one hour a week; good therapy informs how we relate to, engage with and move through the real world.
(510) 939-7273 View (510) 939-7273
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Marissa Jaacobi
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02114
Therapy is one of the most worthwhile investments you can make in yourself. Though the decision to start therapy might feel overwhelming, it offers the unique opportunity to reflect, heal, and create a life that feels most authentic to you. With a psychodynamic and attachment-based approach, I work with clients to explore past and present experiences, and enable self-awareness from within. Together, we will focus on transforming your relationship with yourself and others through identifying and repairing patterns that have left you feeling stuck or unfulfilled.
Therapy is one of the most worthwhile investments you can make in yourself. Though the decision to start therapy might feel overwhelming, it offers the unique opportunity to reflect, heal, and create a life that feels most authentic to you. With a psychodynamic and attachment-based approach, I work with clients to explore past and present experiences, and enable self-awareness from within. Together, we will focus on transforming your relationship with yourself and others through identifying and repairing patterns that have left you feeling stuck or unfulfilled.
(561) 269-1340 View (561) 269-1340
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Olivia Eusden
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02114  (Online Only)
I draw on narrative, CBT, Internal Family Systems, and attachment-based treatment modalities to create a client-centered and effective space for therapy.
I work with adults who are navigating relationship challenges, life transitions, and/or the parenting journey. I help clients orient themselves towards their needs and goals, set and maintain healthy boundaries in their relationships, and develop skills for regulating emotions and managing behaviors. I support my clients in nurturing more loving, trusting relationships with themselves.
I draw on narrative, CBT, Internal Family Systems, and attachment-based treatment modalities to create a client-centered and effective space for therapy.
I work with adults who are navigating relationship challenges, life transitions, and/or the parenting journey. I help clients orient themselves towards their needs and goals, set and maintain healthy boundaries in their relationships, and develop skills for regulating emotions and managing behaviors. I support my clients in nurturing more loving, trusting relationships with themselves.
(339) 201-9923 View (339) 201-9923
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Oshetha L Shakoor-Rivera
Counselor, MA, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02104  (Online Only)
Are you ready to integrate loving kindness and compassion into the relationship you have with yourself and others? This may seem an impossible healing for those who have endured relational betrayal, death, loss, hurt or trauma. However, shifting focus towards meaning, resilience, and possibility can liberate you from your past and present suffering. What does this mean for you and your loved ones? It means here is an invitation to sit with a non-judgmental human being while you recover, connect, and heal in new ways. It means you may shed old roles, affirm new strengths, and learn others with vulnerability and without guard.
Are you ready to integrate loving kindness and compassion into the relationship you have with yourself and others? This may seem an impossible healing for those who have endured relational betrayal, death, loss, hurt or trauma. However, shifting focus towards meaning, resilience, and possibility can liberate you from your past and present suffering. What does this mean for you and your loved ones? It means here is an invitation to sit with a non-judgmental human being while you recover, connect, and heal in new ways. It means you may shed old roles, affirm new strengths, and learn others with vulnerability and without guard.
(678) 940-8805 View (678) 940-8805
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Jen Lescher
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02199  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am a licensed Psychotherapist who is passionate about supporting clients in healing through difficult situations. I feel honored to work with folks in such a meaningful way and believe therapy can lead to lasting personal transformation. I have received special training from the Cognitive Behavioral Institute in the treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders such as social anxiety, panic disorder, and phobias. I am certified in ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention) which is the evidenced based treatment for OCD. I am also trained in ICBT which is another evidenced based treatment for OCD.
Welcome! I am a licensed Psychotherapist who is passionate about supporting clients in healing through difficult situations. I feel honored to work with folks in such a meaningful way and believe therapy can lead to lasting personal transformation. I have received special training from the Cognitive Behavioral Institute in the treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders such as social anxiety, panic disorder, and phobias. I am certified in ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention) which is the evidenced based treatment for OCD. I am also trained in ICBT which is another evidenced based treatment for OCD.
(213) 616-9012 View (213) 616-9012
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Teresa Maguire
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02114
Teresa Maguire is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in both New York and Massachusetts with 25 years of experience as a psychotherapist treating individuals, groups, and families coping with behavioral health issues. Teresa completed her Bachelor of Arts (BA) at Marist College and her Master of Social Work (MSW) at Adelphi University.
Teresa Maguire is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in both New York and Massachusetts with 25 years of experience as a psychotherapist treating individuals, groups, and families coping with behavioral health issues. Teresa completed her Bachelor of Arts (BA) at Marist College and her Master of Social Work (MSW) at Adelphi University.
(617) 826-8145 View (617) 826-8145
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.