Treatment for families
Attachment focused therapy for families can come in many forms. Ms. Davis King focuses on two primary treatment methods for families: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Sand-Tray Therapy.
Emotionally Focused Family Therapy
Emotionally Focused Therapy is a structured approach to couples therapy based on clear, explicit conceptualizations of marital distress and adult love. In a collaborative and respectful series of sessions, key emotional responses are re-organized and expanded to create new ways for couples to interact.
As expansion of the principles of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, the power of attachment in family relationships is harnessed to create healing, growth and change in family interactions.
Sand Tray therapy has been called "The silent workshop of the Psyche". In this treatment method, which is appropriate for children as young as 3, are invited to build a 'world' in the sand tray using a variety of miniatures and other objects as the therapist serves as a powerful and supportive witness and guide the deep work that expresses their world or story in the sand. This can be a particularly helpful form of treatment for clients who are hesitant to talk to the therapist, or who have difficulty opening up or expressing their feelings verbally.
When to seek attachment focused therapy for families
- When there is a high level of conflict.
- When it feels there is no 'quality time' or are no family connections happening.
- When one family member's behavior or problems has become the focus of attention/energy in the family.
- When major shifts are happening within the family structure, such as divorce or remarriage, birth of a child, launching of children from the home, the taking on the care of older family members.