Attachment-based Therapists in Seattle, WA

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Breanna Peter
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
I enjoy supporting those in their journey of healing, reflection, and growth throughout life. I work with those who have a desire to move towards a place of thriving, while addressing topics that may have you feeling stuck or alone. Perhaps you are someone who never feels like you are good enough, has difficulty setting boundaries, is experiencing burnout, anxiety, or frustration. There might be dynamics from childhood that you’re curious about and how they may be impacting you today. In safely exploring some of these areas, together we can work in moving you towards a more fulfilled life.
I enjoy supporting those in their journey of healing, reflection, and growth throughout life. I work with those who have a desire to move towards a place of thriving, while addressing topics that may have you feeling stuck or alone. Perhaps you are someone who never feels like you are good enough, has difficulty setting boundaries, is experiencing burnout, anxiety, or frustration. There might be dynamics from childhood that you’re curious about and how they may be impacting you today. In safely exploring some of these areas, together we can work in moving you towards a more fulfilled life.
(206) 759-5625 View (206) 759-5625
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Brianna Foley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98105  (Online Only)
It's important to have support and understanding during life's most challenging moments. I have experience working with young adults and parents/caregivers. I am currently working as a social worker in a pediatric hospital and understand that there are many joys and challenges that come with parenthood but the challenges can be overwhelming when your child has medical or developmental needs. Together, we will explore your unique experiences, challenges, and strengths, while also addressing the social and systemic factors that may impact your mental health.
It's important to have support and understanding during life's most challenging moments. I have experience working with young adults and parents/caregivers. I am currently working as a social worker in a pediatric hospital and understand that there are many joys and challenges that come with parenthood but the challenges can be overwhelming when your child has medical or developmental needs. Together, we will explore your unique experiences, challenges, and strengths, while also addressing the social and systemic factors that may impact your mental health.
(206) 984-3832 View (206) 984-3832
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David Webb
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103
I believe that all mental anguish begins with loneliness and disconnection. This is why my approach to psychotherapy is grounded fundamentally in the relationship that we build together. Together we will move through suffering, creatively identifying new possibilities and ways of experiencing life. We will find hope and build your capacity to love both yourself and others more fully. From within this relationship, you will be able to safely try new things, to see what works for you, to ultimately move forward in your life with more ease. I like the expression "human flourishing" to describe this process.
I believe that all mental anguish begins with loneliness and disconnection. This is why my approach to psychotherapy is grounded fundamentally in the relationship that we build together. Together we will move through suffering, creatively identifying new possibilities and ways of experiencing life. We will find hope and build your capacity to love both yourself and others more fully. From within this relationship, you will be able to safely try new things, to see what works for you, to ultimately move forward in your life with more ease. I like the expression "human flourishing" to describe this process.
(206) 203-9261 View (206) 203-9261
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Molly Belliveau
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98105
Since no two people are alike, I specifically craft a treatment for each client, drawing from a psychodynamic, relational, and attachment-based model, as well as insights from mindfulness practices, body-based trauma treatments, and Acceptance-Commitment therapy.
I work primarily with individuals who feel bound in aversion toward themselves. Whether concerns manifest as self-hatred, shame, relational difficulties, terminal regret, questions around spirituality, depression, anxiety, or in any number of other ways, I wholeheartedly trust there is more to the story than meets the eye. I support our exploration by opening a receptive and creative space for truths that might not feel at home elsewhere. As we shift painful thought patterns out of isolation and into dialogue between two minds, new and surprising truths emerge. These can form the basis for new peace and possibilities.
Since no two people are alike, I specifically craft a treatment for each client, drawing from a psychodynamic, relational, and attachment-based model, as well as insights from mindfulness practices, body-based trauma treatments, and Acceptance-Commitment therapy.
I work primarily with individuals who feel bound in aversion toward themselves. Whether concerns manifest as self-hatred, shame, relational difficulties, terminal regret, questions around spirituality, depression, anxiety, or in any number of other ways, I wholeheartedly trust there is more to the story than meets the eye. I support our exploration by opening a receptive and creative space for truths that might not feel at home elsewhere. As we shift painful thought patterns out of isolation and into dialogue between two minds, new and surprising truths emerge. These can form the basis for new peace and possibilities.
(206) 589-1279 View (206) 589-1279
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Catherine Harrison
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSWAIC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98199
You have taken a courageous step to consider counseling! It is my privilege to create a safe, nurturing space for you to breathe... to concentrate on self-care. There is rest, here. There is room for you to BE you. Room to step back, to consider, to contemplate. Room to grow in understanding, practical skills, and a fresh perspective. There is room for hope. My practice focuses on strengthening marriages, couples' relationships, and on individual counseling for a variety of issues. My approach is attachment based, client focused, interactive, and is grounded in Biblical principles of love, gratitude and grace.
You have taken a courageous step to consider counseling! It is my privilege to create a safe, nurturing space for you to breathe... to concentrate on self-care. There is rest, here. There is room for you to BE you. Room to step back, to consider, to contemplate. Room to grow in understanding, practical skills, and a fresh perspective. There is room for hope. My practice focuses on strengthening marriages, couples' relationships, and on individual counseling for a variety of issues. My approach is attachment based, client focused, interactive, and is grounded in Biblical principles of love, gratitude and grace.
(206) 278-2372 View (206) 278-2372
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Carmen Marina Counseling Services
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MFTA
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98119  (Online Only)
My best work is done with folks who are looking to deepen their understanding of themself and their partner. As a lover of attachment theory, it is so powerful to help clients discover how they can feel more securely connected to themselves, their relationships, and the world around them.
My best work is done with folks who are looking to deepen their understanding of themself and their partner. As a lover of attachment theory, it is so powerful to help clients discover how they can feel more securely connected to themselves, their relationships, and the world around them.
(206) 222-7250 View (206) 222-7250
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Lauren R Pollard
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98102
I generally work from a psychodynamic, attachment-based perspective, but often incorporate other approaches in order to best meet the needs of my clients.
I often hear clients use the word "stuck" to describe themselves: stuck in a pattern, stuck in a rut, stuck in a lonely place. Together, we will explore and unpack the feelings, beliefs, and behaviors that are holding you back. Your relationships, life circumstances, or family history might be weighing on you. Perhaps a past trauma has left you depressed, angry, or unable to connect with others. Therapy can help you better understand yourself and the choices you make in your life, and provide support as you navigate life's ups and downs.
I generally work from a psychodynamic, attachment-based perspective, but often incorporate other approaches in order to best meet the needs of my clients.
I often hear clients use the word "stuck" to describe themselves: stuck in a pattern, stuck in a rut, stuck in a lonely place. Together, we will explore and unpack the feelings, beliefs, and behaviors that are holding you back. Your relationships, life circumstances, or family history might be weighing on you. Perhaps a past trauma has left you depressed, angry, or unable to connect with others. Therapy can help you better understand yourself and the choices you make in your life, and provide support as you navigate life's ups and downs.
(253) 248-4508 View (253) 248-4508
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Liz Rogers
Counselor, LMHCA
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98109  (Online Only)
I practice from a relational, attachment-based lens and prioritize your holistic well-being.
Welcome! I’m glad you’re here. I enjoy partnering with individuals navigating the challenges of emerging adulthood. This transition can be a daunting experience filled with uncertainty and self-doubt. You may be facing several life transitions with school, career, and relationships. Along the way, issues like anxiety, depression, ADHD, stress, low self-esteem, and past trauma may be making these changes more difficult. We will work together to help you by approaching your unique needs and goals through understanding your story, working with your strengths, and building your inner resources to tend to yourself when challenges arise.
I practice from a relational, attachment-based lens and prioritize your holistic well-being.
Welcome! I’m glad you’re here. I enjoy partnering with individuals navigating the challenges of emerging adulthood. This transition can be a daunting experience filled with uncertainty and self-doubt. You may be facing several life transitions with school, career, and relationships. Along the way, issues like anxiety, depression, ADHD, stress, low self-esteem, and past trauma may be making these changes more difficult. We will work together to help you by approaching your unique needs and goals through understanding your story, working with your strengths, and building your inner resources to tend to yourself when challenges arise.
(206) 889-5993 View (206) 889-5993
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Sarah J Kyle
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98109
I use an attachment-based, psychodynamic, and intersectional feminist approach to therapy.
I specialize in couples therapy, where I help partners work toward relational repair after infidelity, betrayal, or ongoing conflict. I also work with individuals who want to work through attachment and relationship issues, identity development, spirituality, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Therapy is work that asks a great deal from us, but it also holds potential for meaningful change: to awaken to your own life, to make strides toward repairing broken bonds, and to imagine new possibilities and new ways of being, for yourself and for your relationships.
I use an attachment-based, psychodynamic, and intersectional feminist approach to therapy.
I specialize in couples therapy, where I help partners work toward relational repair after infidelity, betrayal, or ongoing conflict. I also work with individuals who want to work through attachment and relationship issues, identity development, spirituality, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Therapy is work that asks a great deal from us, but it also holds potential for meaningful change: to awaken to your own life, to make strides toward repairing broken bonds, and to imagine new possibilities and new ways of being, for yourself and for your relationships.
(206) 339-4277 View (206) 339-4277
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Tiffany Somera
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA , LMFT, MHP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98108
My approach to therapy is attachment-based and grounded within a social justice framework.
Life can be challenging and change is inevitable, and with transitions there are many aspects to growth and loss. I work with individuals, couples, and family systems; often dealing with unprocessed grief, trauma, parenting, identity issues, and midlife decisions. It takes courage to communicate the strong emotions felt within these difficult topics, especially to those you love the most. I prioritize holding a non-judgmental space for these strong emotions to be seen, heard, and liberated.
My approach to therapy is attachment-based and grounded within a social justice framework.
Life can be challenging and change is inevitable, and with transitions there are many aspects to growth and loss. I work with individuals, couples, and family systems; often dealing with unprocessed grief, trauma, parenting, identity issues, and midlife decisions. It takes courage to communicate the strong emotions felt within these difficult topics, especially to those you love the most. I prioritize holding a non-judgmental space for these strong emotions to be seen, heard, and liberated.
(253) 525-5712 View (253) 525-5712
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Madeleine Bloch
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSWAIC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
Hello! Welcome to therapy. I’m Madeleine. If you are seeking therapy, you may be struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, family/relationship issues, or perhaps you just need someone to talk to without fear of being judged. I use a collaborative approach and believe that you are the expert in your own life. We will work together to identify any patterns of behavior that you feel are interfering with your life, discuss the ways your family, environment, and society may be reinforcing these, and develop the skills to alter or cope with these patterns more effectively.
Hello! Welcome to therapy. I’m Madeleine. If you are seeking therapy, you may be struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, family/relationship issues, or perhaps you just need someone to talk to without fear of being judged. I use a collaborative approach and believe that you are the expert in your own life. We will work together to identify any patterns of behavior that you feel are interfering with your life, discuss the ways your family, environment, and society may be reinforcing these, and develop the skills to alter or cope with these patterns more effectively.
(206) 208-7081 View (206) 208-7081
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Alison A. Mim Mack
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFTA
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98112
I am a systemic and attachment-based therapist that works with individuals, couples, families, and other multisystem clients. My passion lies in working with those with queer, trans, and gender non-conforming identities, as well as interests or concerns surrounding sex, intimacy, kink, and polyamorous/non-traditional relationships. I aim to create a safe and affirming space for clients to explore their identities and relationships. I recognize the unique challenges and experiences faced by individuals within marginalized communities and am committed to providing culturally competent care within my therapeutic practice.
I am a systemic and attachment-based therapist that works with individuals, couples, families, and other multisystem clients. My passion lies in working with those with queer, trans, and gender non-conforming identities, as well as interests or concerns surrounding sex, intimacy, kink, and polyamorous/non-traditional relationships. I aim to create a safe and affirming space for clients to explore their identities and relationships. I recognize the unique challenges and experiences faced by individuals within marginalized communities and am committed to providing culturally competent care within my therapeutic practice.
(206) 669-4336 View (206) 669-4336
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Jen Hargrove
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, CMHS
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98115  (Online Only)
Stress, perfectionism, and relationship challenges can leave us feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or disconnected. Sometimes we need support to enhance communication, foster respectful relationships, and cultivate loving connections with those we care about. I am an attachment-based therapist who believes that through a trusting and secure therapeutic relationship, we can all access what we need to make changes and strengthen our connection to ourselves and others. I hold a special affinity for supporting neurodivergent individuals as well as LGBTQ+ teens and their families. Having supportive, affirming care is essential to well-being.
Stress, perfectionism, and relationship challenges can leave us feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or disconnected. Sometimes we need support to enhance communication, foster respectful relationships, and cultivate loving connections with those we care about. I am an attachment-based therapist who believes that through a trusting and secure therapeutic relationship, we can all access what we need to make changes and strengthen our connection to ourselves and others. I hold a special affinity for supporting neurodivergent individuals as well as LGBTQ+ teens and their families. Having supportive, affirming care is essential to well-being.
(206) 672-5051 View (206) 672-5051
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Bonnie Amdur
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
I employ an integrative approach grounded in attachment-based, relational-psychodynamic, and existential perspectives.
Are you feeling disconnected from yourself or your life’s purpose? Are stress and uncertainty making it tough to envision what you truly desire? I’ll work with you to better understand yourself, leverage strengths, and align with your most meaningful goals. I’m particularly attuned to working with creative, high-intensity, and out-of-the-box thinkers. Constellations of these traits often include aspects of ADHD, giftedness, high sensitivity, and other forms of neurodivergence. I also specialize in working with unique concerns that can emerge at midlife.
I employ an integrative approach grounded in attachment-based, relational-psychodynamic, and existential perspectives.
Are you feeling disconnected from yourself or your life’s purpose? Are stress and uncertainty making it tough to envision what you truly desire? I’ll work with you to better understand yourself, leverage strengths, and align with your most meaningful goals. I’m particularly attuned to working with creative, high-intensity, and out-of-the-box thinkers. Constellations of these traits often include aspects of ADHD, giftedness, high sensitivity, and other forms of neurodivergence. I also specialize in working with unique concerns that can emerge at midlife.
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Brianna Nechelle Lewis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, LSWAIC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Brianna Lewis. I first want to say thank you for being here. As a clinician it is always an honor to hold space for you on your healing journey. Self-acceptance and alignment is what we will work towards by unburdening "parts" of who you are, healing your inner child, and uncovering your authentic Self. With adequate knowledge, support, and skills you can move away from limiting beliefs that impact your self-esteem and release traumas keeping you stuck. We can also identify areas of potential growth that will result in increased self-awareness, positive relationships & healthy boundaries.
Hello, my name is Brianna Lewis. I first want to say thank you for being here. As a clinician it is always an honor to hold space for you on your healing journey. Self-acceptance and alignment is what we will work towards by unburdening "parts" of who you are, healing your inner child, and uncovering your authentic Self. With adequate knowledge, support, and skills you can move away from limiting beliefs that impact your self-esteem and release traumas keeping you stuck. We can also identify areas of potential growth that will result in increased self-awareness, positive relationships & healthy boundaries.
(509) 213-0014 View (509) 213-0014
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Melissa Haigh
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98121  (Online Only)
Using an Attachment-Based perspective in combination with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques.
On the outside you appear to have a great life. Meanwhile, internally you feel empty, hopeless, on edge, excessive worrying, and an inability to create balance in all areas of your life. You’re probably exhausted from attempting to tackle these uncomfortable feelings day after day to no avail. It’s almost as if the harder you try to feel at peace or content with yourself you sink deeper into feeling you’re just not good enough or a failure. You’ve possibly wondered if there is something wrong with you.
Using an Attachment-Based perspective in combination with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques.
On the outside you appear to have a great life. Meanwhile, internally you feel empty, hopeless, on edge, excessive worrying, and an inability to create balance in all areas of your life. You’re probably exhausted from attempting to tackle these uncomfortable feelings day after day to no avail. It’s almost as if the harder you try to feel at peace or content with yourself you sink deeper into feeling you’re just not good enough or a failure. You’ve possibly wondered if there is something wrong with you.
(206) 589-2218 View (206) 589-2218
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Chris Keller
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98119
In my psychotherapy work, I draw from psychodynamic, mindfulness-based cognitive and behavioral therapies, and attachment-based therapies.
Thank you for visiting my profile. I provide psychotherapy and assessment services to adults (individuals, couples, and groups) who are struggling to thrive. I help others increase insight into their struggles and make concrete changes toward experiencing a more fulfilling life. During difficult times it is common to struggle with daily functioning while also trying to heal broader psychological and emotional concerns (e.g., trauma, relational struggles, problematic behavior). Therefore, I often will establish short-term and long-term goals, collaboratively with you, so that counseling can be sustainable, supportive, and effective.
In my psychotherapy work, I draw from psychodynamic, mindfulness-based cognitive and behavioral therapies, and attachment-based therapies.
Thank you for visiting my profile. I provide psychotherapy and assessment services to adults (individuals, couples, and groups) who are struggling to thrive. I help others increase insight into their struggles and make concrete changes toward experiencing a more fulfilling life. During difficult times it is common to struggle with daily functioning while also trying to heal broader psychological and emotional concerns (e.g., trauma, relational struggles, problematic behavior). Therefore, I often will establish short-term and long-term goals, collaboratively with you, so that counseling can be sustainable, supportive, and effective.
(206) 472-1189 View (206) 472-1189
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Alyx Steadman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSWAIC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98102
My approach is trauma-informed, attachment-based, relational, sex and body-positive, and affirming of queer, polyamory, and kink identities.
The past is just a story we tell ourselves. Through early formative experiences, we mold core beliefs about belonging, worth, and lovability. Therapy is a place to untangle the narratives we have internalized (perhaps unconsciously) and impact our ability to show up in the world authentically and connect with others deeply. Understanding our past can help us bring compassion and awareness to the present moment. Let us bravely explore the complexity and messiness of the human experience - embracing all that you are.
My approach is trauma-informed, attachment-based, relational, sex and body-positive, and affirming of queer, polyamory, and kink identities.
The past is just a story we tell ourselves. Through early formative experiences, we mold core beliefs about belonging, worth, and lovability. Therapy is a place to untangle the narratives we have internalized (perhaps unconsciously) and impact our ability to show up in the world authentically and connect with others deeply. Understanding our past can help us bring compassion and awareness to the present moment. Let us bravely explore the complexity and messiness of the human experience - embracing all that you are.
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Madison McElroy
Counselor, LMHCA
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
We I draw from: Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, somatic therapy, and attachment-based approaches.
You might be seeking therapy because you’re feeling worn out, anxious, and out of alignment with where you want to be in life. Therapy can help you embody ways of being that support who you are and who you’d like to be in relationship to yourself, others, and the larger community around you. Every person comes to therapy holding unique stories, thoughts, beliefs, emotions, values, experiences, and behaviors. I offer a relationally supportive, collaborative, and warm environment where it all belongs and I would be honored to help you sort through it all.
We I draw from: Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, somatic therapy, and attachment-based approaches.
You might be seeking therapy because you’re feeling worn out, anxious, and out of alignment with where you want to be in life. Therapy can help you embody ways of being that support who you are and who you’d like to be in relationship to yourself, others, and the larger community around you. Every person comes to therapy holding unique stories, thoughts, beliefs, emotions, values, experiences, and behaviors. I offer a relationally supportive, collaborative, and warm environment where it all belongs and I would be honored to help you sort through it all.
(206) 759-7507 View (206) 759-7507
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Madeline Young
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSWAIC, LMT
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98119
Our emotions are a biochemical reality in our bodies; we deserve to have a safe space to discover what they are telling us and how to fully express them. Oftentimes, our feelings today are based on belief systems we created in childhood to keep us safe from painful experiences. The way we made sense of our world when we were young influence and shape the quality of our relationships, how we feel about ourselves, and how we fit into the world as adults today. Sometimes this can be limiting. This whole process occurs in our body - our emotions and old belief systems that we may be unaware of ultimately guide our choices and behavior.
Our emotions are a biochemical reality in our bodies; we deserve to have a safe space to discover what they are telling us and how to fully express them. Oftentimes, our feelings today are based on belief systems we created in childhood to keep us safe from painful experiences. The way we made sense of our world when we were young influence and shape the quality of our relationships, how we feel about ourselves, and how we fit into the world as adults today. Sometimes this can be limiting. This whole process occurs in our body - our emotions and old belief systems that we may be unaware of ultimately guide our choices and behavior.
(206) 309-9106 View (206) 309-9106
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.