Attachment-based Therapists in Minneapolis, MN

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Alexa J. Tennyson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
9 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55407
I use an attachment-based framework and socio-cultural lens to conceptualize relationships and behavior whether working with individuals, couples, or families.
Research shows the relationship between the client(s) and therapist is the most important component in creating change and relief from distress. My hope is to create a safe space for you to explore yourself and your relationship(s) and for us to work together respectfully, openly, and honestly to achieve your goals. I am passionate about working with couples and have advanced training in Emotionally-Focused Couple Therapy (EFT). I enjoy working on marital/couple issues, LGBTQ+-related concerns, life transitions, existential issues, and gender identity. I also like working with mental health professionals and therapists!
I use an attachment-based framework and socio-cultural lens to conceptualize relationships and behavior whether working with individuals, couples, or families.
Research shows the relationship between the client(s) and therapist is the most important component in creating change and relief from distress. My hope is to create a safe space for you to explore yourself and your relationship(s) and for us to work together respectfully, openly, and honestly to achieve your goals. I am passionate about working with couples and have advanced training in Emotionally-Focused Couple Therapy (EFT). I enjoy working on marital/couple issues, LGBTQ+-related concerns, life transitions, existential issues, and gender identity. I also like working with mental health professionals and therapists!
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Dr. Allison Battles
Psychologist, PhD, PSYPACT
Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55406  (Online Only)
I specialize in TA-RPG and interpersonal process group therapy as well as individual assessment and treatment of trauma, including complex PTSD, attachment-based trauma, and moral injury.
I use games, geek culture, and storytelling to help adults and teens build social skills, confidence, and connection. I offer individual and group therapy for those struggling to feel effective in navigating life challenges and in having relationships with themselves and others. I offer therapeutically applied role-playing game (TA-RPG) group therapy which uses Dungeons & Dragons to help those who feel socially anxious, isolated, lonely, or confused about what gets in the way of them building lasting relationships. Individual therapy services are tailored to your clinical, cultural, and geek needs. Offered virtually. Private pay.
I specialize in TA-RPG and interpersonal process group therapy as well as individual assessment and treatment of trauma, including complex PTSD, attachment-based trauma, and moral injury.
I use games, geek culture, and storytelling to help adults and teens build social skills, confidence, and connection. I offer individual and group therapy for those struggling to feel effective in navigating life challenges and in having relationships with themselves and others. I offer therapeutically applied role-playing game (TA-RPG) group therapy which uses Dungeons & Dragons to help those who feel socially anxious, isolated, lonely, or confused about what gets in the way of them building lasting relationships. Individual therapy services are tailored to your clinical, cultural, and geek needs. Offered virtually. Private pay.
(612) 887-3342 View (612) 887-3342
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Tessa Anttila
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55413
My areas of focus include: Psychotherapy (including Psychodynamic, Attachment-based therapy and Internal Family Systems), Eco Grief/Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Grief and Life Transitions.
Climate Collapse Healing Circles start in March. Visit my website for more info & to register. As a therapist with 15 years of experience, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential. We can’t take away the pain of the past but we can work together to better understand & resolve the challenges this pain has left you with so that it doesn’t take center stage in your story. I will help you create a space for opportunities to realize your unlimited, nature-built potential to heal from loss, gain emotional skillfulness, and learn to maintain healthy and satisfying relationships.
My areas of focus include: Psychotherapy (including Psychodynamic, Attachment-based therapy and Internal Family Systems), Eco Grief/Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Grief and Life Transitions.
Climate Collapse Healing Circles start in March. Visit my website for more info & to register. As a therapist with 15 years of experience, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential. We can’t take away the pain of the past but we can work together to better understand & resolve the challenges this pain has left you with so that it doesn’t take center stage in your story. I will help you create a space for opportunities to realize your unlimited, nature-built potential to heal from loss, gain emotional skillfulness, and learn to maintain healthy and satisfying relationships.
(612) 482-6488 View (612) 482-6488
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Nicole Parsons
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LGSW
Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Waitlist for new clients
Hi there! I’m Nicole (they/them), a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW). I have a BA in psychology and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from St. Catherine University. My therapeutic approach is relational, collaborative, and affirming. I recognize the role that systems of oppression have on well-being and thus strive to center anti-oppressive and liberatory practices in my work. I also work from a trauma-informed, attachment-based, harm reductive, and sex-positive lens.
Hi there! I’m Nicole (they/them), a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW). I have a BA in psychology and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from St. Catherine University. My therapeutic approach is relational, collaborative, and affirming. I recognize the role that systems of oppression have on well-being and thus strive to center anti-oppressive and liberatory practices in my work. I also work from a trauma-informed, attachment-based, harm reductive, and sex-positive lens.
(651) 240-1394 View (651) 240-1394
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Rachel Mira Hoff
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Minneapolis, MN 55408  (Online Only)
I am a visually impaired Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am trained and certified in Early Childhood Mental Health and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy. I believe that we are all created for relationships and the current world we live in fosters isolation and individuality. I seek to provide children, families, and adults effective mental health care that teaches them how to heal and recreate healthy relationships.
I am a visually impaired Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am trained and certified in Early Childhood Mental Health and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy. I believe that we are all created for relationships and the current world we live in fosters isolation and individuality. I seek to provide children, families, and adults effective mental health care that teaches them how to heal and recreate healthy relationships.
(612) 888-8683 View (612) 888-8683
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Dylan Thaemert
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MS, LPCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55405
The kind of therapy I use is informed by the tenets of Psychodynamic Theory, ACT, Narrative Therapy, multicultural models, and an attachment-based framework.
As a therapist, my goal is to help you to (re)discover the inner resources necessary to live a fulfilling life in the face of whatever challenges you are experiencing today. Whether a painful inner experience like depression or anxiety or a devastating life circumstance like loss or trauma, I aim to partner with you to author a new story in which your preferred outcomes are honored and those painful experiences are integrated into your life in a way that allows you to move forward with confidence.
The kind of therapy I use is informed by the tenets of Psychodynamic Theory, ACT, Narrative Therapy, multicultural models, and an attachment-based framework.
As a therapist, my goal is to help you to (re)discover the inner resources necessary to live a fulfilling life in the face of whatever challenges you are experiencing today. Whether a painful inner experience like depression or anxiety or a devastating life circumstance like loss or trauma, I aim to partner with you to author a new story in which your preferred outcomes are honored and those painful experiences are integrated into your life in a way that allows you to move forward with confidence.
(612) 688-9954 x104 View (612) 688-9954 x104
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Stefanie Dearman
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Waitlist for new clients
Sessions with me tend to incorporate a mix of Humanistic, Psychodynamic, and attachment-based approaches.
Overall, I would say that I am just a human who enjoys helping other humans no matter who they are or what problems they are navigating in life. Some of the most prevalent diagnoses I have worked with include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. I am passionate about working with individuals who are part of the LGBTQIA2+ community or are questioning any part of their identity. I also have a passion for supporting individuals have experienced religious or spiritual trauma and helping them unpack and overcome the unique challenges it can cause.
Sessions with me tend to incorporate a mix of Humanistic, Psychodynamic, and attachment-based approaches.
Overall, I would say that I am just a human who enjoys helping other humans no matter who they are or what problems they are navigating in life. Some of the most prevalent diagnoses I have worked with include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. I am passionate about working with individuals who are part of the LGBTQIA2+ community or are questioning any part of their identity. I also have a passion for supporting individuals have experienced religious or spiritual trauma and helping them unpack and overcome the unique challenges it can cause.
(612) 324-4368 View (612) 324-4368
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Leah Bonine
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55415
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. I work from a trauma-informed, harm reduction, sex positive, attachment-based lens. I specialize in working with adults from diverse backgrounds, particularly the LGBTQ+ community. I see clients for individual therapy. I especially enjoy working with creative people and have a deep understanding of the creative process. I am trained in EMDR, AEDP and DBT.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. I work from a trauma-informed, harm reduction, sex positive, attachment-based lens. I specialize in working with adults from diverse backgrounds, particularly the LGBTQ+ community. I see clients for individual therapy. I especially enjoy working with creative people and have a deep understanding of the creative process. I am trained in EMDR, AEDP and DBT.
(612) 800-0486 View (612) 800-0486
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Isak Morris
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55408
My clinical work is attachment-based and trauma-informed, focusing on child and adolescent populations.
As a systemic therapist, I think of people kind of like nesting dolls: we all go through life as the little one in the middle, whole and independent, yet undeniably we are nestled in larger contextual structures. I will meet you with compassion, humor, and non-judgment in the therapy space, holding your whole picture in mind as we work together to integrate the realities of your context with the realities of your heart. All parts of you are welcomed and held. I am a queer-identifying provider and enjoy supporting clients in navigating their own identities.
My clinical work is attachment-based and trauma-informed, focusing on child and adolescent populations.
As a systemic therapist, I think of people kind of like nesting dolls: we all go through life as the little one in the middle, whole and independent, yet undeniably we are nestled in larger contextual structures. I will meet you with compassion, humor, and non-judgment in the therapy space, holding your whole picture in mind as we work together to integrate the realities of your context with the realities of your heart. All parts of you are welcomed and held. I am a queer-identifying provider and enjoy supporting clients in navigating their own identities.
(612) 482-2652 View (612) 482-2652
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Emily Jane Gibbs
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55405
My practice is centered around supporting individuals and couples at those tricky life stage transitions, and to support the development of a new rhythm of being, while integrating both their past and present identities as a person, partner, and parent. My approach to therapy is collaborative - where healing occurs within relational contexts. As I walk along side you, I attempt to remain rooted within a trauma informed, systems and attachment-based perspective.
My practice is centered around supporting individuals and couples at those tricky life stage transitions, and to support the development of a new rhythm of being, while integrating both their past and present identities as a person, partner, and parent. My approach to therapy is collaborative - where healing occurs within relational contexts. As I walk along side you, I attempt to remain rooted within a trauma informed, systems and attachment-based perspective.
(763) 888-0923 View (763) 888-0923
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Tito Oca Catuncan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55415
I use a trauma-informed, person-centered, strengths-based, harm-reduction, interpersonal, attachment-based approach to therapy.
Do you feel alone in your struggles, whether those are battling depression or anxiety, exploring sexuality, navigating cultural generational divides in your family, avoiding burnout, or how to survive/thrive amidst racism, sexism, queerphobia, transphobia, and other isms? I work with clients to create a safer and more affirming space to explore their identities, navigate complex relationships, and address the effects of systemic oppression, discrimination, and trauma on mental health.
I use a trauma-informed, person-centered, strengths-based, harm-reduction, interpersonal, attachment-based approach to therapy.
Do you feel alone in your struggles, whether those are battling depression or anxiety, exploring sexuality, navigating cultural generational divides in your family, avoiding burnout, or how to survive/thrive amidst racism, sexism, queerphobia, transphobia, and other isms? I work with clients to create a safer and more affirming space to explore their identities, navigate complex relationships, and address the effects of systemic oppression, discrimination, and trauma on mental health.
(612) 255-6685 View (612) 255-6685
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Melissa Wheelock Pederson
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55410
I have worked with adults of all genders to overcome a wide range of issues using a combination of compassion-focused, cognitive behavioral and attachment-based therapy.
We all experience times when life becomes overwhelming, leaving us feeling vulnerable and off-centered, sometimes leading to profound depression, grief, anxiety or the use of unhealthy coping strategies. Stressors include major life transitions, relational challenges (conflict, separation/divorce, domestic abuse), parenting or/caregiving responsibilities, health difficulties, social oppression/discrimination, and trauma as a child or adult. No matter how strong you may be, you don't have to go it alone. Everyone struggles from time to time, and many benefit from seeking help from an experienced, highly trained psychotherapist.
I have worked with adults of all genders to overcome a wide range of issues using a combination of compassion-focused, cognitive behavioral and attachment-based therapy.
We all experience times when life becomes overwhelming, leaving us feeling vulnerable and off-centered, sometimes leading to profound depression, grief, anxiety or the use of unhealthy coping strategies. Stressors include major life transitions, relational challenges (conflict, separation/divorce, domestic abuse), parenting or/caregiving responsibilities, health difficulties, social oppression/discrimination, and trauma as a child or adult. No matter how strong you may be, you don't have to go it alone. Everyone struggles from time to time, and many benefit from seeking help from an experienced, highly trained psychotherapist.
(952) 800-3529 View (952) 800-3529
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Emily Steece
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55416
I believe that everyone is the expert on themselves, but at times this expertise can be difficult to harness due to the curveballs life often throws our way. My approach is empathetic, flexible, non-judgmental with a dash of humor, and some occasional colorful language. I can also be very direct when needed. Utilizing both trauma-informed and attachment-based perspectives, I will collaborate with you on discovering that expertise. I am passionate about diversity and inclusion which allows me to honor the unique needs of everyone who grants me the privilege of joining them on their journey.
I believe that everyone is the expert on themselves, but at times this expertise can be difficult to harness due to the curveballs life often throws our way. My approach is empathetic, flexible, non-judgmental with a dash of humor, and some occasional colorful language. I can also be very direct when needed. Utilizing both trauma-informed and attachment-based perspectives, I will collaborate with you on discovering that expertise. I am passionate about diversity and inclusion which allows me to honor the unique needs of everyone who grants me the privilege of joining them on their journey.
(763) 265-6228 View (763) 265-6228
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Kaylee Burnham
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LGSW
Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55423
Waitlist for new clients
My approach incorporates relational, psychodynamic, attachment-based and holistic lenses.
If you're reading this page, you are likely experiencing some emotional distress and/or dissatisfaction that you would like support to understand and resolve. Perhaps you can identify causes and perhaps it just feels confusing. Meeting with someone to gain understanding around where these experiences originate, as well as tools to address them, is a great (and brave) step. I would love to chat to see if we may be a good fit in that important work.
My approach incorporates relational, psychodynamic, attachment-based and holistic lenses.
If you're reading this page, you are likely experiencing some emotional distress and/or dissatisfaction that you would like support to understand and resolve. Perhaps you can identify causes and perhaps it just feels confusing. Meeting with someone to gain understanding around where these experiences originate, as well as tools to address them, is a great (and brave) step. I would love to chat to see if we may be a good fit in that important work.
(612) 712-7937 View (612) 712-7937
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Nicole Duarte
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CST
Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55414  (Online Only)
The decision to seek therapy is positive and courageous! It is important to find the right therapist to help you with your problems. I take an integrative and collaborative approach to therapy which is client centered and goal driven. I create a safe and non-judgmental space where we work together to solve problems, overcome obstacles, and facilitate personal and relational growth. I assess the biological, psychological and social aspects of a person, couple or family, using a balance of approaches that are attachment based and include insight-oriented and cognitive behavior therapies to treat depression/anxiety, grief, trauma, etc.
The decision to seek therapy is positive and courageous! It is important to find the right therapist to help you with your problems. I take an integrative and collaborative approach to therapy which is client centered and goal driven. I create a safe and non-judgmental space where we work together to solve problems, overcome obstacles, and facilitate personal and relational growth. I assess the biological, psychological and social aspects of a person, couple or family, using a balance of approaches that are attachment based and include insight-oriented and cognitive behavior therapies to treat depression/anxiety, grief, trauma, etc.
(773) 904-2284 View (773) 904-2284
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Jacob Schuchman Falk
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55435
Waitlist for new clients
I work best with people who are highly motivated for personal growth and self discovery even if it is painful at times. I have a non-judgmental and empathic engagement style - placing emphasis on the therapeutic relationship itself. Most of my clients are looking to gain deeper insight into themselves, recognizing and changing internal thought and behavioral patterns, discovering the true depths of their feelings, and create new tools or skills to cope with speed and stress of modern day life. I specialize in trauma, anxiety, transitions, shame, relational dynamics, Autism, and identity. Email is best way to reach me.
I work best with people who are highly motivated for personal growth and self discovery even if it is painful at times. I have a non-judgmental and empathic engagement style - placing emphasis on the therapeutic relationship itself. Most of my clients are looking to gain deeper insight into themselves, recognizing and changing internal thought and behavioral patterns, discovering the true depths of their feelings, and create new tools or skills to cope with speed and stress of modern day life. I specialize in trauma, anxiety, transitions, shame, relational dynamics, Autism, and identity. Email is best way to reach me.
(612) 979-1789 View (612) 979-1789
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Nicole Kerr
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55424
I work from an attachment-based lens with a mind-body approach.
Hey, I'm Nicole. I specialize in helping modern women in their 20s and 30s overcome anxiety, foster meaningful relationships, and become their truest, healthiest selves. If you're struggling with people pleasing, insecure attachment, boundaries, high-functioning anxiety, codependency, perfectionism, or general relationship issues, I'm here to help. I'm passionate about working with individuals who are ready to jump in and do the work, and I'm committed to helping you achieve your goals. I am also a board approved supervisor for therapists working towards LPCC licensure in the state of MN.
I work from an attachment-based lens with a mind-body approach.
Hey, I'm Nicole. I specialize in helping modern women in their 20s and 30s overcome anxiety, foster meaningful relationships, and become their truest, healthiest selves. If you're struggling with people pleasing, insecure attachment, boundaries, high-functioning anxiety, codependency, perfectionism, or general relationship issues, I'm here to help. I'm passionate about working with individuals who are ready to jump in and do the work, and I'm committed to helping you achieve your goals. I am also a board approved supervisor for therapists working towards LPCC licensure in the state of MN.
(612) 887-1910 View (612) 887-1910
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Rebecca Ann Zabinski
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55400  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Rebecca Zabinski, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in Minnesota. I am originally from New Mexico and met my husband in the United States Air Force. I am a woman veteran and have grown to love Minnesota and everything it has to offer. I have 3 boys and love my animals. I have over 11 years of experience in the counseling world and started my career in the Air Force. My approach to therapy is meeting people where they are at and coming up with some goals together so that there is a common focus between us.
Hello, I'm Rebecca Zabinski, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in Minnesota. I am originally from New Mexico and met my husband in the United States Air Force. I am a woman veteran and have grown to love Minnesota and everything it has to offer. I have 3 boys and love my animals. I have over 11 years of experience in the counseling world and started my career in the Air Force. My approach to therapy is meeting people where they are at and coming up with some goals together so that there is a common focus between us.
(651) 362-1964 View (651) 362-1964
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Morgan Phillips
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CSAC, LICSW, LADC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55413  (Online Only)
I am trained in multiple modalities including attachment-based, brainspotting, mindfulness and DBT.
Thanks for visiting my profile. Are you struggling to feel connected to yourself and those around you? Feeling depressed, anxious, or lost? I would love to hold space with you while you explore the inner workings of all things related to you. I believe that as human beings, everything we do is relational, therefore, I believe therapy offers the opportunity to heal with another person being present. I have been working as a clinical social worker for the past 12 years. I currently offer telehealth services in Minnesota and Wisconsin to individuals 18 and older.
I am trained in multiple modalities including attachment-based, brainspotting, mindfulness and DBT.
Thanks for visiting my profile. Are you struggling to feel connected to yourself and those around you? Feeling depressed, anxious, or lost? I would love to hold space with you while you explore the inner workings of all things related to you. I believe that as human beings, everything we do is relational, therefore, I believe therapy offers the opportunity to heal with another person being present. I have been working as a clinical social worker for the past 12 years. I currently offer telehealth services in Minnesota and Wisconsin to individuals 18 and older.
(651) 615-9099 View (651) 615-9099
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Chiara Mesia Doig
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55419
I am originally from Peru but I have lived in MN since 2004. Spanish is my native language. I also speak English fluently. I identify as a cis, straight, immigrant, Latina or Latinx woman & social worker. My work focuses on offering empathy, support, promoting insight, and working collaboratively to achieve goals. I strive to understand people's experiences within their own unique context and take into account larger community and social issues, and how they impact our experience.
I am originally from Peru but I have lived in MN since 2004. Spanish is my native language. I also speak English fluently. I identify as a cis, straight, immigrant, Latina or Latinx woman & social worker. My work focuses on offering empathy, support, promoting insight, and working collaboratively to achieve goals. I strive to understand people's experiences within their own unique context and take into account larger community and social issues, and how they impact our experience.
(651) 504-8933 View (651) 504-8933

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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.