Attachment-Based Therapy in Cambridge.
Attachment-based therapy is a very common form of psychotherapy or talk therapy and it can be helpful to people of all ages, not just children. Ultimately, the goal of attachment-based therapy is to help people work through their challenges by talking about them in a judgment-free zone.
In attachment based therapy, the therapist listens to the client’s expressed difficulties and asks thought-provoking and engaging questions that encourage the client to reflect deeply on their experiences and how they relate to them. Whether we’re discussing a childhood trauma or something that happened more recent, attachment therapy can help clients become reacquainted with their past experiences and face these challenges head-on while working within their own comfort level in a safe and therapeutic environment.
What Is Dyadic Development Psychotherapy?
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) is a form of attachment-based therapy that was developed by Daniel Hughes. It focuses primarily on children who’ve experienced trauma as a result of severed ties or bonds with adults who took on the role of caregiver or guardian in their lives. Biological parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, legal guardians, and caregivers all qualify.
These forms of attachment based disruptions are very common in foster care and adoption situations. Children who grow up in the foster care system and are frequently bounced around from one home to another and are likely to struggle with developing and maintaining strong familial attachments. They’re constantly worried that they’re going to be separated from their foster or adoptive families for one reason or another.
The same can typically be said for children who grow up with abusive or negligent parents.
How Does DDP Work?
As an experienced psychotherapist, the first step in in the therapeutic process is to meet with the child and their caregiver separately or together to gain a clear understanding of their situation as well as their varying perspectives relating to the experienced challenges. Establishing trust from the very beginning is highly important in this form of therapy.
Attachment-Based Therapy for foster families involves adhering to the child’s psychological safety and teaching them how to establish trust with authority figures and other individuals in their lives so that they can experience fulfilling relationships. This is done through:
- Identifying and communicating their emotions
- Teaching them effective conflict resolution skills they can use in their relationships
- Practicing self-acceptance and learning to trust and rely on others
- Encouraging them to speak openly about their emotions
- Being more empathetic and sympathetic towards others
- Learning to find value in the experiences of those they admire
- Positive self-discovery and learning the value of the experiences of caregivers
Is DDP Right for Your Family?
DDP for adopted children has proven to be very effective because it helps children adapt to their new surroundings by encouraging them to be themselves. However, attachment-based therapy for the whole family is most important in order to create safe, healthy, and attachment based relationships, while producing the change that is desired.
How Growth Counselling Services Can Help.
Growth Counselling Services counsellors are licensed and registered by the appropriate College/regulatory body(s) that ensures you, as the client, are provided with a safe, ethical, and qualified counselling experience. Additionally, assisting you in coming to terms with your experienced difficulties and learning how to express them in a healthy manner that helps you lead a full and values directed life is the goal.
Contact us directly at Growth Counselling Services if you’re interested in learning more about mindful and values-driven living.