What Can Attachment-Based Theory Help Me With?

If you or someone you know struggles with anxiety, mood disorders, relationship issues, or any unresolved trauma—specifically childhood trauma—they may be a candidate for attachment-based therapy. This style of counseling is meant to help people work through and resolve attachment wounds and trauma from their childhood. In attachment-based therapy, the therapist will work through issues at the root of various relationship and psychological issues.

Attachment-Based Therapy Defined

This type of trauma-informed therapy is based on attachment theory. That theory focuses on the role that early interactions between children and adults play in the child’s life. 

Attachment-based therapy goes one step further as a therapy used by families for young children and teenagers who suffer from emotional and behavioral problems. Typically, these problems are the result of childhood trauma and poor attachment styles.

It can be used for adults, couples, children, or families across various age groups. Attachment-based therapy can help people with a variety of mental health and relationship issues. Although it’s used for a wide variety of people, it’s most often used for those who have suffered family dysfunction or childhood trauma.

Some of the most common uses and cases for this therapy include helping teenagers and children who have been through traumatic events, including:

  • Death of a parent or caregiver
  • Divorce
  • Adoption or foster care
  • Victim of neglect or abuse; physical and/or emotional
  • Separation from parent or caregiver
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Drug abuse, mental illness, or addiction in the home
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It can also be used for adults. Some scenarios where this therapy could be appropriate for an adult would be similar to those who go through therapy as children or teenagers. Those scenarios include the following:

  • Having unhealthy relationships with their family
  • Struggling with substance abuse disorder
  • Showing symptoms of a personality disorder
  • More likely to be in abusive, codependent, or unhealthy relationships
  • Trust issues, including being able to form close relationships or fear of abandonment
  • Unable to control their emotions

Attachment-Based Theory Benefits

It’s okay if attachment-based therapy isn’t right for you, but it may benefit someone close to you in many ways. As mentioned above, those who’ve had childhood trauma or suffered abuse or neglect are more likely to benefit from this therapy.

Other benefits of attachment-based therapy include feeling more stable and positive. After going through this therapy, you may feel more optimistic and secure in your everyday life and in your relationships.

Another benefit for many involves having better communication skills and healthier relationships that tend to have fewer conflicts. 

As caregivers, it also improves the bond you have with your children and your overall parenting when you’re able to address your past traumas healthily. If it’s a child suffering from trauma, it helps the parent know how to better help their child cope.

Is It a Good Fit?

At this point, you may be wondering if attachment-based therapy is a good fit for you or someone you know. It’s important to remember that some may respond better to this type of therapy than others. You or someone you know could be a good fit and benefit from attachment-based therapy if you have a history of unresolved childhood trauma and you suspect moments from your childhood could be a cause of current issues. 

It can also be a good fit if you want to understand how your past affects you. Also, it can be beneficial if you struggle with low self-esteem, insecurities, and shame. 

This therapy aims to help those involved develop healthier coping skills and tools for difficult emotions and situations. Basically, you’re trying not to repeat the past and move forward in a healthy way for you and your family. Reach out to learn more about attachment-based therapy and how it can help you heal.

Hi, I am Kirstin!

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A courageous explorer of the heart’s depths, passionate about partnering with successful single women who long to uncover why they get stuck when they try to get close.