Touchstone Therapy Center, Inc.

Attachment Disorder, Trauma, Adoption Issues, Child and Family Therapy

What Is Attachment Therapy?

 

Attachment therapy facilitates the corrective process between a child and its caregiver and within the larger family environment. When a child develops an emotional connection or bond with their primary caregiver it becomes critical to facilitate healthy and secure relationships.

Their attachment relationships are developed and maintained through the therapy process.

When a child has established a secure attachment relationship with a primary caregiver he/she feels safe, trusting and confident when exploring his/her surroundings, and in establishing and maintaining intimate relationships and engaging in social interactions. Just as there are variations in the attachment disturbances children experience, there are also variations in healthy and secure attachment relationships which carry through into adulthood.

While each child is unique and their own attachment disposition, Touchstone Therapy utilizes the ABT and its techniques to provide positive developmental outcomes.

 

Attachment-Based Therapy (ABT) is a trauma informed approach that adresses several key areas that are essential to treating attachment disorders in children. ABT focuses on the parent-child dyad within the family environment and facilitates corrective changes within the attachment relationships. Special needs foster and adopted children often experience these challenges. Their families can be equipped with attachment-based and behavioral strategies to strengthen the parent-child bond. Parents and therapists play essential roles in providing opportunities for emotional trust and intimacy, processing the loss and grief that is present in most children with attachment difficulties, and assisting the child in healing the effects of trauma and abuse. This can result in developing healthier, secure attachments and increasing the child’s coping capacities, which enhances his/her overall developmental abilities.

In ABT therapy, the amount of parental supervision, structure, rules and routines that are consistent with the needs of the child, are established in the home. The therapist and parents partner together to assess the current challenges and in formulating and maintaining a home environment that is consistent with the needs of the child’s developmental abilities. Healthy home and family environments provide important opportunities for nurturing and safe experiences for attachment-disordered children.

ABT also addresses the underlying emotional and behavioral concerns of the child using individual and family therapy. The clinical staff at Touchstone Therapy Center use various therapeutic modalities that integrate into ABT and can be effective such as: sand tray therapy, story narrative TF-CBT, ABT parent-child interactive therapy, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) techniques are used to facilitate change and recovery.

 

Attachment Based Therapy

(ABT)

Parenting children with attachment difficulties can be highly stressful for parents and family members. Sometimes stress can be experienced at acute levels and over prolonged periods of time. Supporting parents in their role as caregivers is an essential component of ABT.

NOTE:

 Intrusive therapy approaches such as holding or rage reduction therapy are not practiced

at Touchstone Therapy Center, and are NOT viewed as useful in resolving the developmental

effects of early trauma and abuse.

Please contact us to request more information.

 

Touchstone Therapy Inc.

Fax: (801) 485-8111

 

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Attachment-Based Therapy focuses on the parent-child dyad within the family environment and facilitates corrective changes within the attachment

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Attachment-Based Therapy focuses on the parent-child dyad within the family environment and facilitates corrective changes within the attachment

Attachment-Based Therapy focuses on the parent-child dyad within the family environment and facilitates corrective changes within the attachment