A good attachment-based therapist is hard to find – especially when we have adult attachment disorder. We do need a serious trauma therapist to recover; that’s why my book’s titled “Don’t Try This Alone.” We can not do it ourselves. It’s bio-physiologically impossible.
Also, we all need Support Groups. Find your pod!
As to therapists: I mean “attachment-based therapists,” psychotherapists trained in John Bowlby’s attachment theory; see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attachment-based_psychotherapy. I’m against “attachment therapy” as an excuse for abuse, described here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attachment_therapy.
But it’s wrong that the psychiatric Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) only recognizes Radical Attachment Disorder (RAD), which affects a tiny percent.
Other attachment disorders affect 50% of Americans. I wasn’t RAD, but I had serious attachment disorder. Since I wasn’t RAD, the DSM didn’t recognize me, so I got no treatment until I collapsed after age 50. That can’t be right. “Attachment problems extending beyond RAD, are a real and appropriate concern for professionals,” concludes the 2006 Report on Attachment Therapy by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC).
How I Healed
Neurofeedback? Psychiatrist and trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk, MD, posted a webinar on neurofeedback 8-9-16 that changed the map on trauma healing:
http://attachmentdisorderhealing.com/neurofeedback-van-der-kolk/ “Nothing I know of can do that ,” says Van der Kolk about Sebern Fisher’s statistical results with neurofeedback. “Time to learn new things.”
How to Talk to & Hire a Therapist? Interview, interview, interview! See: http://attachmentdisorderhealing.com/resources/z-under-construction/
How to find them? Psychology Today lists therapists across the US who call themselves “attachment-based.” If they know enough to list this way, they likely know more about attachment than the average “joe” therapist. In any city, for example Westside, CA or Chicago, IL: Plug your city and state into this link, replacing “Los+Angeles&state=CA” with your city and state: https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/prof_results.php?city=Los+Angeles&state=CA&spec=496
You’ll get Psychology Today’s list of attachment-based therapists (“spec=496”) in your city. For example I replaced the Los Angeles string above with “Chicago&state=IL” and got a list of Chicago attachment-based therapists: https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/prof_results.php?city=Chicago&state=IL&spec=496
Or try GoodTherapy.org‘s directory: http://www.goodtherapy.org/find-therapist.html Then interview, interview, interview until you find one who knows attachment and child trauma.
Here are other national therapist-locator websites. Dr. Peter Levine and Dr. Pat Ogden specialize in somatic psychotherapy for trauma, not attachment per se. But if you find their practitioners near you, they’ve got great trauma training, so ask them if they are also experienced with childhood attachment trauma. If not, move on to the next trauma website and keep asking the same question:
–Somatic Experiencing, Dr. Peter Levine (enter zip) : http://sepractitioner.membergrove.com/index.php
–Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, Dr. Pat Ogden
Find a sensorimotor therapist: read the intro first:
–Attachment & Trauma Network (ATN) database. Good for adults: http://www.attachmenttraumanetwork.org/need-help/resource-database/therapists/
–International Society for Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD): http://www.isst-d.org/default.asp?contentID=18
–Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute, Get Help & Locator page: http://www.sidran.org/help-desk/get-help/
–International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS): http://www.istss.org/find-a-clinician.aspx To specify Attachment as specialty, enter zip and distance range you can drive, then below under “Advanced Search,” select “Special Interests” and check box marked “Attachment Disorders.”
Find a Neurofeedback Practitioner Online: This was how I found my local neurofeedback therapist; turned out he’s great for attachment, too:
–EEG Spectrum International [Sebern Fisher’s husband’s co.]
–EEG Information Provider Directory: http://directory.eeginfo.com/
Find an EMDR Practitioner Online: If you have early trauma, be sure EMDR providers have specific training in infant/early trauma. EMDR International Association therapist directory: http://www.emdria.org/search/custom.asp?id=2337
For Los Angeles, CA area attachment-based psychotherapists, see Comment below here: http://attachmentdisorderhealing.com/resources/attachment-therapists-directory/#comment-726.
For Orange County, CA, see Comment below here: http://attachmentdisorderhealing.com/resources/attachment-therapists-directory/#comment-1092
In San Diego, call San Diego Access and Crisis Line 888-724-7240 (24×7) and ask for attachment specialty therapists (See also Comments at bottom of this page, including meetings in San Diego).
–National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN): http://www.nctsn.org/resources/audiences/parents-caregivers/finding-help
–Dr. Bruce Perry, MD – ChildTrauma Academy-trained clinician list: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1DXjLRTR5gNLnj4CjvhKTgcIzjDQ
–Assoc. for Training on Trauma & Attachment in Children (ATTACh): https://attach.org/attach-resources/registered-clinicians/
Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA) has an excellent guide on how to find a trauma therapist (but no locator page other than those above): http://www.ascasupport.org/_downloads/TherapistSearchResourceGuide.pd
USA’s Top Attachment Authorities
Below are the top US authorities on attachment. I don’t know if they provide referrals to therapists outside their areas. They lead the field in research and publishing solutions; that’s enough to keep anyone busy 24×7. Click on their names to see my blog on each one:
Dr. Allan N. Schore, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, 9817 Sylvia Ave, Northridge, CA 91324 (818) 886-4368
email@example.com – www.allanschore.com
Dr. Daniel J. Siegel – website: DrDanSiegel.com – assistant Whitney Stambler <info@DrDanSiegel.com>
Dr. Bruce Perry, ChildTrauma Academy, Houston: http://childtrauma.org
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Trauma Center, Boston: http://www.traumacenter.org – personal assistant Angela Lin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Attachment and Trauma Network (ATN) is “action central” for adopted children and related childhood attachment trauma. I’m not sure if they have a directory: www.attachmenttraumanetwork.com/
What else can I do to get help?
1. Go to https://acestoohigh.com/got-your-ace-score/ to take the ACE Survey to see how many ACEs you have. Then bring your ACE report to your family doctor, and say you want to see a specialist because you are a normal human facing very abnormal childhood experiences and you feel awful.
2. Regardless of your age, if you had any childhood trauma or severe childhood experiences, you can contact the National Children’s Advocacy Center’s local office and ask for help. Go to www.nationalcac.org/locator.html, enter your zip code and visit an agency in your area today. I tried it out and found 4 agencies all within five miles of my home.
3. If you do not have health insurance, no matter your age, if you had childhood trauma or severe childhood experiences, contact the nearest children’s hospital and tell them what is troubling you.
Report/Get Help for Child Abuse:
–The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: http://www.missingkids.com/Support
–National Children’s Advocacy Centers: http://www.nationalcac.org/
–HelpGuide: http://www.helpguide.org/misc/service-directory.htm under –Child and Parenting Services, see Attachment Disorders
State Locator for Early Intervention Services (NICHCY): 800-695-0285
–Zero to Three National Center for Infants and Families: (202) 638-1144
–New York Foundling 24-Hour Parent Helpline: 1-888-435-7553
–California First Five: http://www.first5california.com/services-support.aspx?id=20
–Michigan Assoc for Children’s Mental Health: (http://www.acmh-mi.org/)
Medical Disclaimer: This website is for general information purposes only. It is simply my own research. Individuals should always see their health care provider or licensed psychotherapist before doing anything which they believe to be suggested or indicated herein. Any application of the material on this website is at the reader’s discretion and is the reader’s sole responsibility.
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