Attachment Therapy in Chicago
Attachment therapy had it’s start when psychologist John Bowlby identified four original attachment styles based on his research at the time. These include: secure, avoidant, anxious, and disorganized. Since then, other psychologists and counselors have identified their own versions of attachment, and expanded on the types of attachment issues individuals can possess. The idea behind this approach is that individuals become maladjusted when they experience attachment wounds. These wounds are caused by dysfunctional attachment styles presented by caregivers during childhood.
Attachment issues can play a role in relationship dysfunction if not properly addressed and worked on in therapy with a trained professional relationship therapist. At Confluent Relationship Therapy, we can discuss your attachment during session with the help of your partner, who will work to better understand your relationship functioning with the aid of this therapy. This style of therapy is also used on an individual and group level, but at Confluent Relationship Therapy we utilize this approach from the frame of the relationship as a whole.
The work we do when utilizing attachment-based approaches can often overlap with Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy and include exploration of childhood attachment wounds. This is why many couples and relationships require an eclectic approach. We may explore other attachment theory concepts outside of EFT, depending on the relationship presenting problems and goals.
With the help of a therapist, you and your partner can explore your attachment and relationship styles along with learning how they relate to current functioning in your relationship. Sara has many years of experience treating relationships with attachment-based concepts. Reach out to Sara today to get started!
A healthy connection is vital to the success of the union. We must feel connected in order to trust our significant other.
Read more about this style of therapy here from Psychology Today!
Other Suggested Reading:
Levine, A., & Heller, R. (2010). Attached: the new science of adult attachment and how it can help you find – and keep – love. New York, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin.