Attachment Therapy | Child Parent Relationship
Stephanie Legendre, LPC-S, Registered Play Therapist
Welcome to Katy Child Counseling, where I specialize in fostering strong emotional connections within families, particularly among adoptive children. Understanding attachment theory is pivotal to my approach, as I work collaboratively with families to build enduring bonds that promote emotional well-being and resilience.
What is Attachment Theory?
Attachment theory underscores the importance of early emotional connections between caregivers and children. Secure attachments provide a foundation for healthy emotional development, impacting relationships and overall well-being throughout life. Adoptive families may face unique challenges in building these bonds, making attachment counseling especially valuable.
1. Understanding Each Child’s Journey:
Recognizing the unique experiences of adoptive children, my counseling approach starts with understanding their individual journeys. I tailor strategies to address their specific needs, promoting a sense of security and belonging.
2. Supporting Caregivers:
I guide adoptive parents through the process of creating secure attachments. Through counseling sessions, caregivers gain insights into their child’s emotional world, learning to respond sensitively and nurture a strong parent-child connection.
3. Interactive Counseling Techniques:
Utilizing interactive and play therapy techniques, I engage children in a safe and supportive environment. This allows them to express emotions, build trust, and develop secure attachments with their caregivers. I use the Integrative Attachment Team Protocol, which is an attachment based EMDR protocol that helps adopted children heal trauma, increase self-esteem, and decrease maladaptive attachment patterns.
4. Promoting Self-Attachment:
Recognizing the importance of self-attachment, my counseling emphasizes fostering a positive sense of self for both children and parents. This contributes to the development of secure, resilient individuals within the family unit.
5. Life-Long Strategies:
I equip families with practical strategies that extend beyond counseling sessions. These strategies empower families to continue building and strengthening attachment bonds in their everyday lives.
My Attachment Counseling for Children and Adoptive Families is rooted in the belief that strong emotional connections form the basis for a fulfilling and resilient life. By understanding attachment theory and implementing tailored strategies, I empower families to create enduring bonds that withstand the test of time. Contact us today to embark on a journey towards building a foundation of love and support within your adoptive family.