What is attachment focused therapy?
Attachment focus therapy is treatment that is conducted in the context of the relationship, to deepen, heal, and strengthen these close bonds. Thus, therapy for children is conducted with parents' involvement and consultation, couples therapy is conducted with both members of the couple present, family therapy is conducted with multiple family members present and participating. Treatment modalities include play therapy, filial therapy, Sand Tray therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy.
Why use attachment focused therapy?
Modern brain research tells us that, as human beings, we are 'hard-wired' for the need for attachment, that is, to feel closely connected to those in our most intimate relationships. Many traditional therapies focus only on problem behaviors, or seeing people as 'diseased', and in doing so, address only symptoms, missing the opportunity for deeper work that can lead to deeper and longer lasting satisfaction in relationships.
- Play is the language of children and Creativity is the language of Play. The StoryPlay model brings together the elements of story, creativity, and play to form a unique and proven method to effect positive change, healing, and problem solving by drawing on the natural inner resources, skills, and strengths of each individual or group to create therapeutic growth and change. Ms. Davis King has advanced training in the StoryPlay model and is a Certified StoryPlay Practitioner and a Certified StoryPlay Facilitator.
- Play therapy
- Play Therapy is a specialized treatment mode for children as young as 3 years old. In this form of treatment, children are recognized and valued for where they are. Play therapy aims to use a child's natural form of expression (play) to 'grow' the resources that are within them to solve their problems. Ms. Davis King works in a setting that is fully equipped for children to come to a safe place where they can 'play through their problems' towards new positive solutions.
- Sand-Tray Therapy
- Sand Tray Therapy is a form of treatment that is appropriate for all ages, in which clients are invited to build a 'world' in the sand tray using a variety of miniatures and other objects. This can be a particularly helpful form of treatment for clients that are hesitant to talk to the therapist as the therapist serves as a powerful and supportive witness as they express their world or story in the sand.
- Filial Therapy
- Filial Therapy is a form of treatment which harnesses the immense power we know to be within the parent/child bond. Parents first observe the play therapist at work with their child, and are then trained themselves to use play as a modality to connect with their child and to help them heal.
- Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
- In this model, clients learn about their 'dance', or the patterns they repeat in an attempt to gain closeness. They are lead through nine steps, in three stages, to gain a deeper understanding of their partner's emotional processes, and to restructure their 'dance' or interactions to escape ineffective patterns and deepen their emotional attachment to each other.
- 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.