Attachment-based Therapists in Austin, TX

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Photo of Marilyn Gabrielle Ramirez, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Austin, TX
Marilyn Gabrielle Ramirez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78759
Please email for scheduling requests- Hello, I'm glad that you're here and are open to exploring your process for healing as an individual or couple. You're showing yourself a form of care by taking the steps to gain insight in to how your past experiences may be affecting your current thought patterns, behavior, and the relationship that you have with yourself and others. You are taking an active role in honoring your experience, and are giving yourself the opportunity and space to understand what you have been carrying.
Please email for scheduling requests- Hello, I'm glad that you're here and are open to exploring your process for healing as an individual or couple. You're showing yourself a form of care by taking the steps to gain insight in to how your past experiences may be affecting your current thought patterns, behavior, and the relationship that you have with yourself and others. You are taking an active role in honoring your experience, and are giving yourself the opportunity and space to understand what you have been carrying.
(737) 258-7686 View (737) 258-7686
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Gabrielle Racz
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, LPC-A
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731
My therapeutic approach draws from psychodynamic, person-centered, attachment-based, and feminist theories.
I work with adults and children. I consider my client’s cultural context and values, so that our work together is sensitive, relevant, and respectful of your individuality. My practice is also inclusive and affirming of queer-identified people. I am aware of the ways that one’s intersecting identities can shape their experiences, I am here to offer guidance, validation, and understanding. With children, I provide a space for kids to learn about their feelings, and how to process them. I draw from child-centered play therapy techniques and tailor my approach to honor your child's agency, individual preferences, and interests.
My therapeutic approach draws from psychodynamic, person-centered, attachment-based, and feminist theories.
I work with adults and children. I consider my client’s cultural context and values, so that our work together is sensitive, relevant, and respectful of your individuality. My practice is also inclusive and affirming of queer-identified people. I am aware of the ways that one’s intersecting identities can shape their experiences, I am here to offer guidance, validation, and understanding. With children, I provide a space for kids to learn about their feelings, and how to process them. I draw from child-centered play therapy techniques and tailor my approach to honor your child's agency, individual preferences, and interests.
(512) 714-3403 View (512) 714-3403
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Jeanie Bohall
Marriage & Family Therapist, MMFT, LMFT-S, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
Welcome! Finding a therapist that is a good match can be a struggle. I have experience in treating a wide range of symptoms from anxiety to trauma. The therapy models that I use most commonly are attachment based. I believe that no matter what you have experienced in life, you are able to be your own change agent in your life. I currently see clients on telehealth from Texas, Montana, Florida and Washington State.
Welcome! Finding a therapist that is a good match can be a struggle. I have experience in treating a wide range of symptoms from anxiety to trauma. The therapy models that I use most commonly are attachment based. I believe that no matter what you have experienced in life, you are able to be your own change agent in your life. I currently see clients on telehealth from Texas, Montana, Florida and Washington State.
(737) 727-4195 View (737) 727-4195
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Jenna Wade Garman
LPC Associate, MA, NCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759
Although we work with a variety of presenting needs, we specialize in an innovative, brief, attachment-based approach - Emotional Transformation therapy, (ETT).
Reclaiming your peace, clarity, and purpose is possible. Through a cutting-edge approach, you can experience rapid physical and emotional shifts. Maybe you have tried various types of therapy before, or maybe this is your first time considering something different. You want change. You want relief. You want results. Reaching out for help is a courageous, commendable step toward reclaiming the fulfilling life you desire. Please contact Reclaim U Counseling, PLLC for more information.
Although we work with a variety of presenting needs, we specialize in an innovative, brief, attachment-based approach - Emotional Transformation therapy, (ETT).
Reclaiming your peace, clarity, and purpose is possible. Through a cutting-edge approach, you can experience rapid physical and emotional shifts. Maybe you have tried various types of therapy before, or maybe this is your first time considering something different. You want change. You want relief. You want results. Reaching out for help is a courageous, commendable step toward reclaiming the fulfilling life you desire. Please contact Reclaim U Counseling, PLLC for more information.
(512) 729-5684 View (512) 729-5684
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Lindsay Burns
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MA
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
I provide Attachment-Based Therapy for Perfectionists, People-Pleasers, and the Anxiously Attached.
Do you feel exhausted, overworked, and under appreciated? Perhaps you believe that if you are just the perfect partner, parent, child, sibling, or employee that you will no longer feel this way. However, the burnout is becoming extreme, and you desperately want to feel differently. Maybe you are an empath who worries that you are “too sensitive”, or have an anxious attachment style and fear being considered “too needy”, or a perfectionist who worries that you will never be worthy of the joy, peace, and love that you see others experiencing. Or perhaps you are a people-pleaser wondering if anyone will every truly know the real you.
I provide Attachment-Based Therapy for Perfectionists, People-Pleasers, and the Anxiously Attached.
Do you feel exhausted, overworked, and under appreciated? Perhaps you believe that if you are just the perfect partner, parent, child, sibling, or employee that you will no longer feel this way. However, the burnout is becoming extreme, and you desperately want to feel differently. Maybe you are an empath who worries that you are “too sensitive”, or have an anxious attachment style and fear being considered “too needy”, or a perfectionist who worries that you will never be worthy of the joy, peace, and love that you see others experiencing. Or perhaps you are a people-pleaser wondering if anyone will every truly know the real you.
(512) 601-8049 View (512) 601-8049
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Amy Stokes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78748
I use a trauma informed and attachment-based approach, and I am trained in CBT, EMDR, and play therapy.
A therapeutic alliance is the only relationship that can be completely about you and judgment free. This gives you the opportunity and emotional space to uncover and work through unhelpful patterns that you have learned as a means of survival. The good news is that you no longer have to merely survive. Through our work together, we will create new patterns of coping that will help you thrive in all areas of your life.
I use a trauma informed and attachment-based approach, and I am trained in CBT, EMDR, and play therapy.
A therapeutic alliance is the only relationship that can be completely about you and judgment free. This gives you the opportunity and emotional space to uncover and work through unhelpful patterns that you have learned as a means of survival. The good news is that you no longer have to merely survive. Through our work together, we will create new patterns of coping that will help you thrive in all areas of your life.
(512) 790-9601 View (512) 790-9601
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Deb Burkhardt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78751  (Online Only)
I work from a relational, attachment-based perspective, helping clients create change through the recognition and dismantling of behavioral patterns that may be holding them back from living authentically.
Realizing our own needs for acceptance and validation can be hard, especially when we have not been taught to ask for them ourselves. If you feel like you are bursting at the seams with new ideas but don't know where to start or are feeling pressured by new life transitions or impending crises, therapy may be a helpful place to lay your cards on the table and decide the next step.
I work from a relational, attachment-based perspective, helping clients create change through the recognition and dismantling of behavioral patterns that may be holding them back from living authentically.
Realizing our own needs for acceptance and validation can be hard, especially when we have not been taught to ask for them ourselves. If you feel like you are bursting at the seams with new ideas but don't know where to start or are feeling pressured by new life transitions or impending crises, therapy may be a helpful place to lay your cards on the table and decide the next step.
(512) 890-0413 View (512) 890-0413
Photo of Tiffany Stewart, M.A., LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
Tiffany Stewart, M.A., LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
As a LPC in Austin, TX, it is my passion to work with individuals who are dealing with situations, behaviors or relationships that are causing them distress. I work with clients to create a highly-individualized treatment plan. I use an integrative approach, incorporating interpersonal and attachment-based interventions, as well as mindfulness, and trauma-informed modalities. My clients say they find me to be warm, empathic, and intuitive. My goal is for my clients leave every session feeling deeply heard and understood. I am EMDR-trained and am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
As a LPC in Austin, TX, it is my passion to work with individuals who are dealing with situations, behaviors or relationships that are causing them distress. I work with clients to create a highly-individualized treatment plan. I use an integrative approach, incorporating interpersonal and attachment-based interventions, as well as mindfulness, and trauma-informed modalities. My clients say they find me to be warm, empathic, and intuitive. My goal is for my clients leave every session feeling deeply heard and understood. I am EMDR-trained and am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
(737) 210-4348 View (737) 210-4348
Photo of Alice Kelly, Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX
Alice Kelly
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78759  (Online Only)
Integrating multiple modalities, including, but not limited to, trauma focused, strengths-based, narrative, solution-focused, attachment-based, mindfulness, CBT approaches, and EMDR.
Are you facing challenges in your personal life that's impacting your relationships? Do you often feel these challenges leave you feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or confused? I work collaboratively with clients, to help identify and achieve their goals. I sincerely strive to be a source of strength, hope, and empowerment for my clients. I have experience and enjoy working with a broad and diverse group of people; children, adolescents, individual adults, couples, and families. Issues I am passionate about are; trauma, grief, family/romantic relationships, anxiety, effective communication skills, depression, and life transitions.
Integrating multiple modalities, including, but not limited to, trauma focused, strengths-based, narrative, solution-focused, attachment-based, mindfulness, CBT approaches, and EMDR.
Are you facing challenges in your personal life that's impacting your relationships? Do you often feel these challenges leave you feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or confused? I work collaboratively with clients, to help identify and achieve their goals. I sincerely strive to be a source of strength, hope, and empowerment for my clients. I have experience and enjoy working with a broad and diverse group of people; children, adolescents, individual adults, couples, and families. Issues I am passionate about are; trauma, grief, family/romantic relationships, anxiety, effective communication skills, depression, and life transitions.
(737) 204-5592 View (737) 204-5592
Photo of Aaron D. Bandy, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Austin, TX
Aaron D. Bandy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, NBCT
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
I use neurobiological and attachment-based relational theories in my practice and train in modern psychoanalytic interventions to help people notice and then integrate their thoughts, feelings/emotions, and body sensations.
If you feel like you are expected to “do it all” and carry more responsibilities than others in your life, and feel like you need a break, I may be able to help. Some people find that their personal relationships, either with friends, family, or co-workers, seem shallow, one-dimensional, or unequal. If you would like to improve your relationship with yourself and others, this may be something we can work on together. People may find themselves noticing that they keep engaging in relationships that wound them and wonder “is there something wrong with me?” We can answer that question together.
I use neurobiological and attachment-based relational theories in my practice and train in modern psychoanalytic interventions to help people notice and then integrate their thoughts, feelings/emotions, and body sensations.
If you feel like you are expected to “do it all” and carry more responsibilities than others in your life, and feel like you need a break, I may be able to help. Some people find that their personal relationships, either with friends, family, or co-workers, seem shallow, one-dimensional, or unequal. If you would like to improve your relationship with yourself and others, this may be something we can work on together. People may find themselves noticing that they keep engaging in relationships that wound them and wonder “is there something wrong with me?” We can answer that question together.
(512) 856-6820 View (512) 856-6820
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Ana Cristina Ponce @ Modern Balance Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731  (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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Photo of Jody Hatch, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
Jody Hatch
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78723  (Online Only)
Clients present with many concerns, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, and relationship issues to name a few. Everyone experiences emotional ups and downs, successes and failures. However, when one is stuck in the "downs" and the "failures" we may feel overwhelmed, anxious & depressed. Often one turns to unhealthy coping such as alcohol and drugs, eating, compulsive behaviors - shopping and exercising, isolation or avoidance. Untangling the unique threads of your life; and understanding how they affect you can be the beginning to feeling more in charge and living according to your values and desires.
Clients present with many concerns, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, and relationship issues to name a few. Everyone experiences emotional ups and downs, successes and failures. However, when one is stuck in the "downs" and the "failures" we may feel overwhelmed, anxious & depressed. Often one turns to unhealthy coping such as alcohol and drugs, eating, compulsive behaviors - shopping and exercising, isolation or avoidance. Untangling the unique threads of your life; and understanding how they affect you can be the beginning to feeling more in charge and living according to your values and desires.
(512) 645-1558 View (512) 645-1558
Photo of Gabrielle Coolidge, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX
Gabrielle Coolidge
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA, LPC-A
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78704
You don't want to live this way anymore. In the depth of your being you know there is more to life and more to love than what you have been feeling. You no longer want to numb your reality with 80 hour work weeks, superficial relationships, drugs, alcohol, or shopping. You are ready to listen to the voice calling out from that pit of internal emptiness. You are ready to step fully into life. And as you take this first step on the path back to your essential nature, I would be honored to walk alongside you and support you in your journey to reconnect with yourself, with your life, and with your purpose.
You don't want to live this way anymore. In the depth of your being you know there is more to life and more to love than what you have been feeling. You no longer want to numb your reality with 80 hour work weeks, superficial relationships, drugs, alcohol, or shopping. You are ready to listen to the voice calling out from that pit of internal emptiness. You are ready to step fully into life. And as you take this first step on the path back to your essential nature, I would be honored to walk alongside you and support you in your journey to reconnect with yourself, with your life, and with your purpose.
(512) 955-5847 View (512) 955-5847
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Karen M Boeke
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
I have enjoyed working in private practice for 30 years with adolescents and adults. Their issues generally include such things as depression, trauma, anxiety, and relationship conflict or disconnection from loved ones. Sometimes people have been struggling with these things for a very long time. Experience has shown me that using an Internal Family Systems/Attachment-based psychodynamic approach works best for most people, and can lead to deep and lasting transformation in people's lives. At other times I work with people on a more short-term basis, using a more eclectic, skill building approach to our work together.
I have enjoyed working in private practice for 30 years with adolescents and adults. Their issues generally include such things as depression, trauma, anxiety, and relationship conflict or disconnection from loved ones. Sometimes people have been struggling with these things for a very long time. Experience has shown me that using an Internal Family Systems/Attachment-based psychodynamic approach works best for most people, and can lead to deep and lasting transformation in people's lives. At other times I work with people on a more short-term basis, using a more eclectic, skill building approach to our work together.
(512) 468-3649 View (512) 468-3649
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Dr. Victoria Latifses
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746  (Online Only)
My work is attachment-based and humanistic.
Change is often uncomfortable so having a trusted ally and skilled clinician at your side can be essential. My goal is to help you along your path towards a balanced and healthy life. My approach is strength-based and positive. I have worked with hundreds of children, adolescents, adults and their families on almost every kind of issue. I work to balance empathy and sensitivity and yet help people find healing, move forward, and make meaning from their experiences. Nothing is wrong with you. It is possible to change negative, self-defeating patterns and emerge into a fulfilling life with greater freedom, expansion and joy.
My work is attachment-based and humanistic.
Change is often uncomfortable so having a trusted ally and skilled clinician at your side can be essential. My goal is to help you along your path towards a balanced and healthy life. My approach is strength-based and positive. I have worked with hundreds of children, adolescents, adults and their families on almost every kind of issue. I work to balance empathy and sensitivity and yet help people find healing, move forward, and make meaning from their experiences. Nothing is wrong with you. It is possible to change negative, self-defeating patterns and emerge into a fulfilling life with greater freedom, expansion and joy.
(512) 883-3974 View (512) 883-3974
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Emily Dirksmeyer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78724  (Online Only)
I use an attachment-based lens to my work with clients and I have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, and Trust-Based Relational Interventions.
You deserve the space to explore your most honest and vulnerable self safely and without judgment. Through deep connection and an unearthing of your existing wisdom, I will support you in your journey towards healing. As a therapist, I have had the opportunity to work with diverse populations in varied clinical and public policy settings. From these experiences, I have developed an approach that is extremely person centered and I prioritize my role as an advocate to champion your needs. I am passionate about elevating my clients voice to prioritize their well deserved opportunity to thrive.
I use an attachment-based lens to my work with clients and I have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, and Trust-Based Relational Interventions.
You deserve the space to explore your most honest and vulnerable self safely and without judgment. Through deep connection and an unearthing of your existing wisdom, I will support you in your journey towards healing. As a therapist, I have had the opportunity to work with diverse populations in varied clinical and public policy settings. From these experiences, I have developed an approach that is extremely person centered and I prioritize my role as an advocate to champion your needs. I am passionate about elevating my clients voice to prioritize their well deserved opportunity to thrive.
(737) 510-7904 View (737) 510-7904
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Megan Joiner
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
My approach is holistic, drawing from a range of evidence-based therapies including psychodynamic therapy, attachment-based therapy, CBT, DBT, & mindfulness-based techniques.
I'm excited to help you embark on a powerful journey of healing and growth. As a Licensed Master Social Worker and therapist, I bring my genuine and thoughtful nature to every session, along with my dedication, reliability, and attention to detail. My clients often describe me as warm, empathetic, and honest, providing a safe space where they feel seen, heard, and understood.
My approach is holistic, drawing from a range of evidence-based therapies including psychodynamic therapy, attachment-based therapy, CBT, DBT, & mindfulness-based techniques.
I'm excited to help you embark on a powerful journey of healing and growth. As a Licensed Master Social Worker and therapist, I bring my genuine and thoughtful nature to every session, along with my dedication, reliability, and attention to detail. My clients often describe me as warm, empathetic, and honest, providing a safe space where they feel seen, heard, and understood.
(512) 598-4231 View (512) 598-4231
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Alyssa M Finley
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
I navigate from the belief that we all want to see and be seen well and to engage in complete freedom to be all that we are. As a therapist, my hope is that you will find that here. I practice psychotherapy through various modalities including psychodynamic, attachment-based, somatic attention, and trauma-informed theories. However, my foundational approach is Relational. I believe that if our wounds begin in relationship, they can only find healing within a restorative one.
I navigate from the belief that we all want to see and be seen well and to engage in complete freedom to be all that we are. As a therapist, my hope is that you will find that here. I practice psychotherapy through various modalities including psychodynamic, attachment-based, somatic attention, and trauma-informed theories. However, my foundational approach is Relational. I believe that if our wounds begin in relationship, they can only find healing within a restorative one.
(210) 908-5499 View (210) 908-5499
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Madeline Vanek
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78752  (Online Only)
I provide individual therapy for adults of all ages. Many of my clients struggle with depression, anxiety, perinatal mood disorders such as postpartum anxiety/depression, bipolar disorder and other serious mental illnesses, trauma, self-esteem issues, stress management, LGBTQIA issues/discrimination, life transitions, and maintaining healthy relationships. In my work, I draw from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as person-centered and attachment-based modalities. I can help you recognize some of your underlying problem areas, identify and utilize your strengths, and adjust your thoughts and behaviors to see things differently.
I provide individual therapy for adults of all ages. Many of my clients struggle with depression, anxiety, perinatal mood disorders such as postpartum anxiety/depression, bipolar disorder and other serious mental illnesses, trauma, self-esteem issues, stress management, LGBTQIA issues/discrimination, life transitions, and maintaining healthy relationships. In my work, I draw from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as person-centered and attachment-based modalities. I can help you recognize some of your underlying problem areas, identify and utilize your strengths, and adjust your thoughts and behaviors to see things differently.
(512) 523-4065 View (512) 523-4065
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Juliana O'Brien
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MDiv
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78745  (Online Only)
I am trained in somatic and attachment-based therapies, CBT, DBT, gestalt, family systems, sex and mindfulness, and am a certified spiritual director.
Texas and Vermont teletherapy clients only. If you are feeling afraid, confused and isolated, you are not alone. How do we stay mentally resilient, manage fear and have hope? If you are an individual or in a relationship struggling with connection, satisfaction or cyclical unhealthy patterns, reach out. I see individuals and couples who are willing to look at themselves and practice new ways of being in their mind and body. Together we will find your way to a healthy and meaningful life. It has been a tough year with an overload of stressors.
I am trained in somatic and attachment-based therapies, CBT, DBT, gestalt, family systems, sex and mindfulness, and am a certified spiritual director.
Texas and Vermont teletherapy clients only. If you are feeling afraid, confused and isolated, you are not alone. How do we stay mentally resilient, manage fear and have hope? If you are an individual or in a relationship struggling with connection, satisfaction or cyclical unhealthy patterns, reach out. I see individuals and couples who are willing to look at themselves and practice new ways of being in their mind and body. Together we will find your way to a healthy and meaningful life. It has been a tough year with an overload of stressors.
(802) 278-6781 View (802) 278-6781

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.