Healing From Emotional Abuse and Neglect
Is childhood a painful memory for you? Or can you not remember all that much from your younger years? Difficulties with attachment can be at the core of what brings an individual into therapy the first time. Usually, these struggles show up as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, poor self image, attempting to understand why he/she is having difficulties in their current or past relationships, or difficulties with parenting their own child. After further discussion, the core issue usually reverts back to a damaged relationship with an important figure, typically a parent or close relative.
It is sometimes hard for us to realize as adults, but the earliest relationships we have as a child are the foundation of our attachment. According to psychologist Mary Ainsworth, attachment is defined “as an affectional tie that one person or animal forms between himself and another specific one – a tie that binds them together in space and endures over time.”