The focus of Attachment Based Therapy is to understand the connection between a person's early attachment during infantry, and their primary caregivers. This connection leads to how a person will develop, and if they're able to form healthy emotional and physical relationships later on in life as an adult. When a caregiver is neglectful or gives unreliable care, it creates a feeling of separation and trauma for the child that can eventually lead to attachment issues. With Attachment Based Therapy, your therapist will explore these early connections and aim to help the patient be able to build strong, supportive, and trusting relationships.(Psychology Today).
Having these types of relationships in your life greatly impacts both your mental and physical health, research suggests that healthy social relationships can lead to a longer life by lowering blood pressure, alleviating stress, and even contributing to faster healing time. When you're in a healthy relationship, it's also a great motivation for healthier behaviors such as exercising, eating a healthy diet, quitting smoking, etc. You're more likely to commit to a healthier lifestyle when you have friends or loved ones who encourage you to do so.
ABFT or Attachment-Based Therapy works by addressing the foundation of how an individual's relationship with their caregiver was formed, and for clients to overcome the negative effects of early attachment issues. This is done by rebuilding the bond through the relationship between the therapist and client so that the client can become more secure in how they build and maintain relationships. ABFT therapy can be used for individuals, couples, family, and group therapy. Oftentimes, a clinician may combine individual therapy with family or group therapy in order to work through foundational attachment issues that a client may have. Here at Transformative Growth Counseling, we have clinicians who specialize in treating Attachment Issues with ABFT therapy.
It's important to note that both adults and children can experience symptoms of an Attachment Issue, some common signs are :
We've gone over how Attachment Issues begin at a young age, between a child and primary caregiver(s). Here are some common reasons for why attachment disorders form :
Some of our most frequently asked questions about Attachment Disorders.
It's important to highlight that both children and adults can experience symptoms of Attachment Therapy. Some common symptoms include : Difficulty regulating emotions, creating boundaries, and forming emotional bonds. Common symptoms also include feelings of isolation, anxiety, mood swings, intensive anger, and social withdrawal.