Attachment Theory



So what is, "Attachment-based psychotherapy"?

Attachment theory was developed in the U.K. in the 1960ís by a man called John Bowlby, regarded by many as one of the most influential psychiatrists of the last century. 

Attachment theory holds that, in addition to basic human needs for food, water and shelter, we have an equally fundamental need for emotional attachment to others.  In getting our attachment needs met, patterns of relating to others are absorbed by us as babies and children. 

These patterns become part of who we are and influence the way we relate to others throughout our adult lives.  Should our early experience be "not good-enough", a range of individual and relational problems can develop and impact all aspects of our daily lives, whether at home, at work, at school, and even in our social lives. 

Attachment-based psychotherapy looks to understand and re-develop these patterns and is successfully used to work with people with depression and low self-esteem and many other life issues.

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