It’s the foundation of everything we do at emPATH.
Attachment is about connection, and it’s at the heart of everything we do at emPATH. Originally investigated as a way to understand the significance of early parent-child relationships, attachment theory and research finds that people have attachment needs—ways of relating that make them feel deeply comfortable—throughout their lives, and that everyone thrives most when they form close, secure relationships with others who are able to respond to their needs. The best therapy is that in which a secure attachment is formed between the therapist and the client, and successful therapy often targets core issues that prevent us from forming the healthy connections we need. Research tells us that one of the most powerful factors involved in anyone meeting goals in therapy is the relationship between provider and client—in short, connection.
Secure attachment is like a tree, similar to the one pictured to the left—with roots providing a strong foundation, and branches that climb for the sky, armed with the trust that their roots will support their growth. Secure attachment does exactly that—provides us with a feeling of being grounded, knowable, and safe with another person, which in turn provides us the confidence to go out and embrace our environment (new relationships, new intellectual endeavors, new careers, new lines of thinking). A balance between these two forces (being grounded and stretching our limits), and the inner knowledge involved in knowing when you need which, is the ultimate goal in any relationship, and especially in therapy.
Your provider at emPATH will utilize his/her vast background knowledge in attachment research to inform your work together, seeking to provide you at every turn with just the right balance between grounding and growth. Within this place of relational depth, your therapist will employ the empirically-based treatment modality best-suited to address your needs—drawing from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), emotion-focused therapy (EFT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), systemic or attachment-based family therapy, as well as many others—in order to make sure you have the best possible guidance in finding a way forward. This isn’t just what feels right to us as providers—it’s where science, theory, and experience meet, and it’s where you and your provider will reside during your time together.