top of page

Attachment Styles & Adult Relationships

The manner in which our primary caregivers (typically our parents) behave shapes our understanding of intimate relationships. When caregivers consistently and sensitively acknowledge our signals of a connection and fulfill our physical and emotional needs, we are more likely to cultivate a secure attachment.

Attachment Styles

Ambivalent Attachment

Ambivalent attachment refers to a type of insecure attachment where individuals exhibit conflicting emotions, displaying both clingy and rejecting behaviors in relationships.

Avoidant Attachment

Avoidant attachment refers to a type of insecure attachment where individuals tend to emotionally distance themselves and avoid intimacy or closeness in relationships.

Disorganized Attachment

Anxious attachment refers to a type of insecure attachment where individuals often experience high levels of anxiety and worry about rejection, seeking constant reassurance and validation in relationships.

Attachment Therapy

Attachment therapy is a comprehensive approach focuses on improving and healing attachment patterns within adult relationships. Through specialized techniques and personalized interventions, we strive to address past traumas, resolve attachment-related issues, and foster secure and nurturing bonds. We are  dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment for individuals seeking to enhance their relationships and promote healthy attachments. Explore our website to learn more about our therapeutic methods and how we can assist you in your journey towards building stronger and more secure connections.

What is Attachment Theory?

Attachment theory, developed by therapist John Bowlby, seeks to provide the framework for how the attachment system develops, presents and connects––and disconnects––in our relationships.

Babies are born pre-programmed to form attachment to others to ensure survival. In human evolution, babies who remained close to their caregivers were more likely to grow into adulthood (and in turn reproduce).

When primary caregivers are available and respond to an infant’s needs and cues, the infant learns the caregiver is dependable, which allows the child to develop a sense of security that is the base for the child to then explore the world.

If we grow up with mostly responsive, pro-social and consistent caregivers, that tends to prime us for secure attachment. 

If, as children, our needs are not met or we experience neglect, birth trauma, illness or disadvantageous socio-economic conditions, we likely developed attachment injuries or adaptations––less healthy patterns, emotions and behaviours that allowed us to survive and cope with less-than-ideal circumstances.

Discover Your Attachment Style

Adult attachment refers to the way in which individuals form and maintain emotional bonds in their romantic relationships. It is a concept that has gained considerable attention in recent years, as researchers and therapists alike recognize the impact that attachment styles can have on the quality and longevity of relationships. Essentially, adult attachment is concerned with how people relate to one another in intimate partnerships, and how these patterns of relating are influenced by early childhood experiences with caregivers

bottom of page