"Life can feel overwhelming and emotionally isolating."
As humans we are wired for social connection. From the moment we are born, we innately crave loving attention and affection. Our parental figures or primary caregivers are tasked with the responsibility of providing a safe, secure, and stable enough environment where as newborns, toddlers, children, and teenagers we can grow and thrive. When this occurs, a secure attachment is formed. The child eventually grows into a secure adult, who feels safe enough and confident enough within themselves to navigate the world.
Many of us however, have gone through moments of overwhelm, shame, emotional aloneness, or sudden change with little to no safe and/or attuned support available to help us make sense of our emotions and experience. This leaves us to carry the weight of the experience on our own, forcing us to develop internal tools and beliefs to navigate the world and connections around us. These tools and beliefs, while serving a purpose at the time, may be holding us back in preset day.
What is attachment-informed therapy?
Attachment-informed therapy takes the above into consideration. It is connection and relationship with a safe enough,
attuned enough other where growth and healing can occur. I believe that therapy is meant to be experiential, collaborative, and exploratory in nature. By honoring the in-the-moment experience and the emotions that organically arise, we can begin to make sense of how present-day beliefs, feelings, and concerns are connected to past experiences, relationships with others, and long-held limiting/shaming beliefs. Integrating IFS-specific inner "parts work" and AEDP, we can process these once overwhelming, isolating, or painful experiences. Together we can heal the parts of you that were given the burden of carrying these unbearable experiences, allowing for the emergence of a more secure, self-assured, authentic sense of self.
What concerns is it effective for treating?
In addition to working with survivors of trauma and abuse, my practice helps individuals (adolescents & adults) with the following concerns:
Emotional, Relational, or Sexual Insecurity
Social-Relational Anxiety or Avoidance
How can attachment-informed therapy help?
Tools fostered throughout our sessions include: emotional and body-based regulation skills, self-compassion, effective communication, resiliency building, and somatic affective awareness.