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Starting Attachment disorder therapy

What is Attachment disorder therapy?

Attachment disorder therapy from the therapists at Thriveworks in Ashland, VA provides help for attachment disorder, a disorder that affects one's ability to form and maintain relationships. This disorder often develops in young children who have emotional attachments to others, most often their parents.

How does Attachment disorder therapy work?

Typically, attachment disorder therapy includes both the child and their parents (or the figures that they are attached to). It helps the family understand the symptoms and effects, teaches effective intervention strategies, and even involves activities that enhance the bond at hand in a healthy way.

Is Attachment disorder therapy conducted in person or online?

Adjustment disorder therapy from our Thriveworks Ashland therapists is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Attachment disorder therapy last?

Attachment disorder therapy can last for a few weeks, months, or longer. It depends on how severe one's attachment disorder is as well as the overall needs and goals of the client and their family.

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Everyone in this world is born to a mother and father and if the appropriate bonding takes place, an attachment is formed. Attachment is the deep connection established between a child and their primary caregiver. This attachment contributes to a child’s ability to develop and build healthy, meaningful relationships. If there is a disruption in this attachment process and the primary caregiver senses a struggle to connect, then the they child may in fact have an attachment disorder such as Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD).

What is reactive attachment disorder (RAD)?

Reactive attachment disorder is a condition in which a child struggles to establish healthy attachment with their parent or primary caretaker. This can lead to extreme difficulty connecting with others and emotional expression, resulting in a number of insecurities and trust issues. Many children with RAD have a fear of getting close to anyone. They have bouts of anger and often need to control every situation they are in because they feel alone.

The sad fact is that children with RAD have experienced such a disruptive childhood that it impacts all of their relationships in the future. They may experience difficulty connecting to others and often struggle while in school and many have severe developmental delays. RAD is common amongst children who come from extremely difficult circumstances such as abuse, foster care, orphanages, or removal from a primary caregiver after a bond has been established.

Attachment disorders have a high rate of success of repair if they are able to receive proper treatment. Even in the most extreme attachment cases, the connection can be reestablished. Patience is required from all parties involved. Therapists usually recommend psychotherapy techniques to help children deal with their attachment issues.

Attachment disorder causes

Once a child is put in a circumstance that disrupts the natural bonding process, RAD and other attachment disorders can occur. While there can be several reasons this can occur, here are a few reasons:

  • A child experiences abuse (can be mental, emotional, or physical)
  • Basic needs are not met, this can be the result of parental neglect
  • Hospitalization, isolation, or separation from parents
  • Disruption in stability or frequent bouncing around (this applies to children in foster care)
  • Emotionally unavailable primary caregiver because of illness or substance abuse.
  • No comfort when child is in distress
  • No social interaction for extended periods of time. Even infants require interaction to form healthy attachments
  • Receives attention by utilizing unhealthy or extreme behaviors

RAD causes may not be avoidable depending on the circumstances. Children have difficulty expressing or explaining complex emotions that may have been brought on by trauma. Their ability to find someone to trust is damaged and therefore they detach to protect themselves.

Attachment issues can be treated at any time, although the earlier it is treated, the better. An individual I is more likely to experience positive results if they receive the treatment they early enough. Regardless, attachment disorders are highly correctable although not highly avoidable. Get help if you or someone you know is need of RAD therapy for a loved one.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Ashland therapists and counselors accept 4 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • United Healthcare | Optum

  • United Healthcare | Optum EAP

Self-pay costs at Ashland
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Ashland is located in the same building as Ashland Internal Medicine, A16 Coding Training Institute, Primis, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, H&R Block, Commonwealth Clinic, and a USPS collection box. Nearby is a Food Lion grocery store, Best Dry Cleaners, Petco, Burkes Outlet, and Virginia ABC Store. A Truist bank is also nearby, as well as Fire & Chicken, El Azteca Ashland, and Starbucks restaurants. Across N Washington Highway is a Hardee’s and Wawa. South of the location is the intersection of N Washington Highway and England Street.

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(804) 531-3165

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