Child/Teen/Parent

Attachment is the sense of connection that exists in all relationships. The connection for the child forms the basis of trust or mistrust about parent leadership. Attachment is how the child perceives parent leadership. It shapes how emotions are expressed or not expressed by the child, and forms the basis of how the child learns to please or resist parents.

The connection with parent(s) is often disrupted by a child's perception of their own life experiences. The result for the child is the need for control. Examples of controlling behaviors include:

  • Tantrums/Arguing about meaningless things
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Lying
  • Bossiness
  • Stealing
  • Withdrawn, depression
  • Anxiousness, nail biting, chewing
  • Attention seeking, impulsive or clingy behavior
  • Being too rigid in thoughts (doesn't adapt well to change)
  • Being restless, unable to focus
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Eating difficulties
  • Under motivated about school work
  • Relating to unsafe friends
  • Unable to make or keep friends
  • Uses distracting chatter to avoid responsibility
  • Manipulative about affection within the family
  • Doesn't think through the outcome of what he/she does
  • Finds it hard to put off obtaining what he/she really wants
  • Lack of remorse for wrong doing

Attachment Based Relationship Therapy™ uses a variety of relationship techniques that are fun, playful, challenging, and nurturing for children. This process is highly motivating for children learning to regulate through parent leadership.

We empower parent leadership by helping caregivers read children's needs and respond rather than react to children's behavior. Adults learn to read their child's non-verbal expression and needs. In this way many challenging moments are avoided, and their children feeling secure. Parents are involved by observing and participating in attachment treatment. If a child is seen individually parents are informed periodically regarding their child's progress