Attachment is the deep connection between a child and caregiver that profoundly affects your child's development, emotional expression, and ability to develop relationships. If you are the parent of a child with an attachment disorder, you may be exhausted from trying to connect with your child. A child with insecure attachment lacks the skills for building meaningful relationships.
Attachment issues can derive from the following experiences:
However, with these tools, and a healthy dose of effort, patience, and love, it is possible repair attachment challenges.
Attachment therapy is for a child and family that desire building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. TheraPlay techniques are based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun.
Children who have experienced, or even witnessed a life-threatening situation, may experience a wide variety of symptoms:
Early trauma affects the child's nervous system. The nervous system is shaped by the child's experiences. Stress over a period of time can lead to changes in the parts of the brain that control and manage feelings. That is to say, stress and trauma early in life can change the brain. This can have long-term effects on physical, mental, and emotional growth. What's more, the impact of early abuse often extends into later childhood, teen, and even adult years.
Stephanie uses a combination of techniques to help children process past trauma so they can better learn, connect with others, and experience happiness in their lives. Some of these techniques include Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Sand Tray Therapy, Art therapy, and Narrative therapy.
Is your child experiencing behavioral or emotional problems? Need a parenting boost? Perhaps your family life lacks harmony, direction, or deep satisfaction.
By utilizing a Family System approach to therapy and a combination of other playful and somewhat serious techniques, Stephanie can help your family cope with challenges, overcome past injuries, create a vision of your ideal family life, and help you live out that dream.