Attachment Trauma

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Early Childhood Attachment Trauma is defined as traumatic stress that occurs in the infant-parent dynamic. It includes caregiver misattunement, neglect, abuse, abandonment (through death, adoption, absenteeism), and emotional unavailability. If a caregiver has a personality disorder, depression, anxiety, or is parenting through their own trauma, this increases the risk for attachment trauma as he or she has limited emotional resources to offer an infant or child.

Attachment trauma impacts neurological, neurobiological, emotional, and physical human development. It alters the way a person perceives themselves, relates to others, soothes themselves (or doesn’t, in many cases), and processes information.

Like any early modeling, it becomes the standard by which a person measures their self-worth and other relationships.

 

People who have suffered attachment trauma face more adversity in adulthood:

  • They are often diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, insomnia, anxiety, or depression.

  • They often grapple with addiction.

  • They experience impaired intimate relationships due to the inability to trust.

  • They are often defensive, especially when they perceive rejection, hurt, and disapproval.

  • They have difficulty with boundaries and are often either codependent or avoidant.

  • They have difficulty asking for and receiving help.

  • They have difficulty accurately identifying feelings, their own and others’.

  • They struggle to regulate their emotions.

  • They experience a profound sense of helplessness, shame, and self-blame.

  • They struggle to describe (and often understand) their internal experience.

I provide my clients with a safe, non-judgmental space to explore their experiences and help them find skillful and healthy ways to heal from the effects of abuse.

A life of purpose and joy with meaningful and intimate connections is possible.

 

I am a licensed mental health professional located at 3537 N Williams Ave. Portland, OR. 97227.