Attachment clinics and therapists
who treat nothing but attachment disorders are common place today, and
the growth in these services has many people concerned about
misdiagnosis, extreme forms of treatment, and oversimplification of
Some attachment experts fear that not all of the
attachment therapists cropping up around the country have the broad,
extensive training necessary to see subtle differences between
When parents seek help for their children,
- Get a thorough assessment by a professional
knowledgeable about attachment disorders but also well grounded in
neurologic function, family and individual therapy, grief and loss
issues, and pyschodynamics.
- Choose a therapist who recognizes that there
can be degrees of attachment and who believes that
treatment is possible.
- Choose a therapist who uses a variety of
treatments, beginning with the least intrusive.
- Keep in mind that the goal of attachment
therapy is to help a child form attachments to his parents as well as
help the parents form attachments with the child.
- Only choose a therapist who is willing to work with the family as
a whole, not just the child.
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