Attachment-Based Psychotherapy Dual Diagnosis at Creative Care. Attachment-based psychotherapy finds its core in the idea that our early relationships – specifically those with our parents or caregivers – have a major impact on our adult lives. Those of us who had negative childhood experiences, like separation from a caregiver, neglect, or abuse, are at serious risk of developing dysfunctional behaviors as we move into adulthood. John Bowlby, the founder of attachment theory, suggested that these would manifest as attachment anxiety or attachment avoidant patterns. Individuals suffering from attachment anxiety tend to have a low self-opinion and an excessive need for approval. This pattern is driven by anxiety about rejection. Meanwhile, those experiencing attachment avoidance have a tendency to look down on others and immoderately value self-reliance. This is a result of fears of intimacy. Both patterns lead to damaged and unfulfilling relationships, isolation, and depression.
Attachment-Based Psychotherapy Dual Diagnosis focuses on empowering clients and attending to their inner child to rebuild trust in self and others. Therapy focuses on healing the early trauma caused by separation or neglect, re-centering a client’s relationship with their emotions, and helping them express those emotions authentically and constructively. It’s difficult work requiring a compassionate and attentive therapist with strong boundaries, but once the therapist-client bond is formed, the pair can move forward together in alliance to explore and repair the ruptures in early relationships and develop positive alternatives to dysfunctional behaviors.
Attachment-based psychotherapy is but one of the approaches Creative Care employs in our “whole person” approach to dual diagnosis treatment. Our team draws from a multitude of strategies to tailor individualized treatment plans to the needs of each client. For example, a personalized treatment plan may also include:
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Mindfulness interventions and meditation
- Activities groups
- Psychological and diagnostic testing
- Family therapy
- Trauma therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Art therapy
Our fully equipped staff, including a consulting psychiatrist, psychotherapists, registered nurses, counselors, and other highly trained professionals, works as a team to get to the root of each client’s needs. If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health, please give Creative Care a call today.