Attachment Issues

Attachment Issues services offered in the greater Irvine, CA area

Children who fail to bond properly with their primary caregivers often struggle with relationships as adults. Talk to Julia Renedo, PsyD, at Mente Operandi if you have attachment issues. During telehealth therapy sessions, you develop a trusting relationship that enables you to identify the root causes and effects of your attachment issues and overcome them. Call Mente Operandi or book a telehealth appointment online today for expert support with attachment issues.

Attachment Issues Q & A

What are attachment issues?

After birth, you form a strong bond with your primary caregivers, known as attachment. It helps you develop emotionally and learn as you grow within a safe, trusting environment. When attachment occurs as it should, children feel secure because they know their parents will always be there.

Attachment issues develop if something disrupts the bonding process. This could happen for many reasons, but the root stems from having a caregiver who can’t provide the attention and care that a child needs to form a healthy attachment.

Often people assume attachment issues are due to abuse, neglect, or parental separation. But even in ordinary families, one or both parents might lack the ability to connect with their child. Without this vital bond, issues develop that could lead to an attachment disorder in severe cases.

What begins in childhood can stay with someone throughout their life, affecting their relationships and behaviors.

What problems do attachment issues cause?

Problems that attachment issues cause include:

Difficulties managing anger

People with attachment issues often find it hard to control anger. They may have an explosive temper, act out, or express their feelings indirectly. Sometimes they hide their anger with less obvious behaviors, such as fierce hugging.

Poor eye contact

Showing no interest in making eye contact or actively avoiding it is a common autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptom but can also be a sign of attachment issues.

Needing control

People with attachment issues desperately want to be in control. They may be argumentative and always need the last word.

Lack of affection

People with insecure or nonexistent attachments often show little or no parental affection.

Seeking affection elsewhere

Attachment issues can lead to someone seeking affection from strangers.

Lack of conscience

People with attachment disorder often fail to demonstrate regret for bad behavior.

What help is available for attachment issues?

The earlier a child receives an attachment issue diagnosis and treatment, the better. However, adults can benefit from therapy with an expert like Dr. Renedo. She helps with positive emotion and behavior education, relearning attachment, and support at emotionally challenging times.

Dr. Renedo uses techniques like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and Gestalt therapy (focusing on your present challenges instead of past experiences) to help you repair the damage lack of attachment has caused and develop healthier thought patterns and behaviors.

Call Mente Operandi to learn more about recovering from attachment issues, or book an appointment online today.