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Attachment Theory

Attachment theory is based on the relationships we had as children with our caregiver. It is a psychological approach, describing the concept which explains the emotional bond between the infant and their primary carer. How this bond plays out, affects the child's behaviour and their emotional development into adulthood.

The theory is based on the key relationships we had growing up and how we feel about ourselves and more importantly how we perceive others to be around us. Depending on our attachment type, our current relationships will be heavily influenced by the earlier experiences with our care-givers.


There are 4 types of attachments. They are, Secure, Ambivalent, Avoidant and Disorganised.

Adults who suffer from attachment issues can be diagnosed as having, Adult Attachment Disorder (AAD) which is the result of an Attachment disorder or Reactive Attachment Disorder, and untreated or missed when we were children. We can discuss this further if you have been diagnosed with these.  

Attachment issues can make relationships difficult, especially if there has been upset, a lack of intimacy or trust. These feelings can be linked to past attachments, so in relationship work this would be a key thing to explore.

Contact me for a free telephone consultation to discuss therapy.

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