Our family therapist focuses on the quality of the parent-child relationship, so the work she does with parents and families is attachment-focused.

Attachment is defined as the emotional bond between people – be it in a parent-child relationship or between romantic partners. 

Secure attachment is when a toddler feels safe and has trust in parents to take the first step on his own, knowing that parents are around to catch him if he falls. It is knowing that someone has your back, as you explore the world. 

According to Diane Poole Heller, secure attachment means having loving contact with others manifest through i) kind eyes looking at your direction, a gaze that says “I love you”, “you are special”, ii) Hearing soothing tone and voice, calling your name, having comfortable chat. It is more than just having a roof over the head, three meals day, and having someone walk you to school.

Our family therapist  believes it is important to work systemically to help children and adolescents with their issues,. This may mean involving the family members and/ or anyone in the community who has an impact on the child’s well-being in therapy. 

 

The goal in family therapy is to support parents to continuing seeing your child in loving eyes, to be able to still say/ feel “you matter”, regardless of the issues they have, to set boundaries and rules in a kind and firm way. In family sessions, I seek to create a safe and non-judgmental space for parents and child to connect and meet each other in their moments of truth.

 

Our family therapist is a certified Circle of Security Parenting (COSP) facilitator and hopes to bring attachment-based parenting to you in individual sessions, or via workshops. 

Some of the challenges our therapist can assist with include:-

  • Anxiety

  • Helplessness

  • Aggression and violence

  • Anger

  • Perfectionism

  • Depression

  • Sibling rivalry

  • Divorce

  • Parental conflict

  • Adoption

  • Low motivation/mood

  • Bullying

  • Social exclusion 

  • School resistance or refusal

  • Inappropriate behavior