Attachment-Based Psychotherapy at Creative Care
Attachment-based psychotherapy operates on the idea that the bonds we form with parents or caregivers at an early age have an enormous impact on our lives. Individuals who had difficult childhoods – especially those cases in which one was separated from a caregiver – are at major risk of developing dysfunctional behaviors later in life, particularly where relationships are concerned. These tend to manifest as either attachment anxiety or attachment avoidance. Attachment anxiety includes an immoderate need for approval and low views of self, springing from fears of abandonment and rejection. Attachment avoidance features low views of others and a disproportionate drive for self-reliance, resulting from intimacy fears. Both outlooks factor heavily into isolation, depression, and anxiety.
Attachment-based therapy focusing on rebuilding the trust that clients have lost, allowing them to communicate openly and express their feelings in a safe, supportive environment. The core of attachment-based therapy lies in the therapist-client relationship. Through intensive work, trust builds, and the relationship progresses. As the therapist honors the client’s individuality and history, the client feels heard and supported. The pair reaches a point at which they can begin to examine the client’s maladaptive behaviors from a place of non-judgment. From this perspective, the client starts to see the roots of their behaviors, recognize those that aren’t serving them, and devise healthy, positive alternatives to overcome them.
Creative Care blends methods like attachment-based therapy with other proven strategies to offer clients the best chance at a successful and sustained recovery. Our biopsychosocial approach, delivered within a framework of such strategies help clients to identify and address difficulties, understand interpersonal dynamics, and develop positive coping skills in place of dysfunctional behavior. A completely individualized 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.