Attachment-Focused Therapy

Attachment focused therapy is a form of therapy based on attachment theory, with the goal of providing the individual with a safe environment in which he or she can learn and develop. This form of therapy has proven to be useful for depressed adolescents and children with attachment disorders and other attachment issues. The therapist attempts to get to know each family member well, and to create a strong attachment between family members and therapist through an approach that is non-judgemental, empathic, relaxed and playful. Within this environment, problems related to attachment and intersubjectivity are discussed, and family members’ intentions, awareness and affects are tracked and verbalized. New meanings are then created in collaboration with family members.


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