What Attachment Disorder Is
Attachment disorder in adults stems from childhood, occurring when there is a break in the normal bonding process between a child and his or her caregiver. The first two years of life are defined by 4 types of attachment: secure, ambivalent, disorganized and avoidant. When an infant’s basic needs for intimacy and emotional nourishment are not provided, then the vital emotional connection children require to confidently enter the world in a healthy way is lacking. As a result, the child can mature without the ability to develop and maintain healthy, loving relationships.
What Attachment Disorder Is Not
Attachment disorder in adults is not always easy to diagnose. For many sufferers, this results in years of unnecessary anguish. If a young person sees the world as a place where no one can be trusted, then traditional therapy will often fail.
Cititherapy Attachment Disorder Treatment
Attachment styles are key to understanding the source of relationship difficulties. That is why it is so important to seek professionals trained in adult attachment disorders and their appropriate treatments. Our staff includes therapists trained by Diane Poole-Heller, an expert in the field of Adult Attachment Theory and Models, trauma resolution, and integrative healing techniques.
The first step to treating attachment disorder in adults is to recognize its symptoms and identify attachment styles. By addressing and mourning the early losses experienced by the sufferer, and working towards a sense of closure regarding those early relationships, Cititherapy helps clients approach new relationships with a different mindset, restructuring attitudes, and improving their ability to achieve intimate relationships.