Treatment | AttachmentLaurence Hirshberg
You have choices in attachment therapy, so that you can find the approach that is right for you.
Attachment disorders can be very hard to treat. Progress is slow and gains are inconsistent. It is especially important that you have confidence in those who are helping you, and in the treatment plan you developed with them. This will make it a little easier to take the long view and recognize and accept the small steps as the victories that they really are. At the NeuroDevelopment Center, we offer traditional and innovative approaches to attachment therapy that are supported by early research.
In our attachment-focused family therapy, you will learn attachment parenting strategies that will help your child overcome the distrust and fear that blocks the emergence of a consistent attachment and connection. You will also learn methods for handling disruptive behavior that are consistent with the main goal of attachment parenting – building a strong and resilient attachment.
There may be times when individual attachment therapy with the child or with a parent may be the best treatment option.
Research and our experience show that neurofeedback can often a helpful attachment therapy. It helps diminish the intense emotional reactions that children with attachment disorders have. It also helps reduce the fear that may block a stronger attachment and connection to caregivers. Learn more.
Many kids with attachment disorders have learning and behavioral difficulties in school as well. Our psychologists can consult with your child’s educational team to provide guidance on how best to help your child learn and behave well in school.
Most kids with attachment disorders are vulnerable to sudden and very intense emotional reactions. They get so rapidly upset that it is very hard to stay in control. HRV biofeedback provides an easy and very concrete way to see how bothered you are and to see what strategies help you to reduce arousal and get calm again. A simple sensor on your ear or finger picks up your heart beat. The computer analyzes the interval between heart beats, which has been found to be a good indicator of stress. During HRV biofeedback sessions we will help your child learn to relax his/her muscles and mind, reduce negative or anxious thought patterns, and learn to slow and regulate his/her breathing. Once your child learns the techniques in sessions in our office, he or she can also use inexpensive software at home to build your ability to recognize when you are bothered and rapidly regain your calm. HRV biofeedback can also be very helpful for stress management for parents.
If you need help with attachment problems, contact us to schedule an initial visit.Contact Us