Trauma-based & Family Psychotherapy For Angry, Anxious, Depressed, and Frustrated Families

Attachment therapy: A so called “re-birthing” experience


Have you ever heard of attachment therapy? Attachment therapy is a very controversial “treatment” for adopted and foster children who struggle with mental health and behavioral problems. The idea is that adopted and foster children are often traumatized and have not developed an appropriate attachment to a parental figure during early childhood development. As a result, these kids suffer with their adoptive and foster families and struggle to feel a connection to them. This lack of connection is the foundation of their behavioral problems in the home. Neil Feinberg, a proponent of attachment therapy, performs what is called a “re-birthing experience” during a “therapy session.” I encourage you to watch this video without other children around as the experience is quite disturbing.

Attachment therapy is only introduced to adoptive and foster children when a child is diagnosed with the disorder Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). RAD is a condition to describe a group of children, with traumatic and abusive histories, who struggle to develop appropriate attachments to their caregivers/parents. RAD is also a controversial term as it is often applied to children who have been adopted or placed in multiple foster homes. You will rarely see RAD diagnosed in a child who has remained with his or her biological parents. At any rate, Attachment therapy is sometimes promoted and used by therapists who believe in its power to “transform lives.”

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How did you feel about this video? Are you angry? Are you hurt? Are you disturbed? Perhaps you are okay with this type of therapy. I’d like to hear your thoughts. Feel free to post below.

As always, I wish you well

*CORONA VIRUS UPDATE1050 Lincoln Way, Ste 1 - Pittsburgh PA

As we get closer to the middle of May states across the nation are passing laws, reducing restrictions, and enacting new regulations to help support the transition from stay-at-home orders to the normal flow of life again.

Unfortunately, Gov. Wolf hasn't reduced the mask wearing restrictions in Allegheny County. However, he has announced most of Western PA will be moving to the yellow phase beginning May 15. This means that we can slowly regain some normalcy.

But until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated Anchored Child & Family Counseling will remain closed. I will be making small transitions back to the office over the course of summer and seeing some clients in-person based on need.The office will be open starting June 17, 2020 with the goal of remaining open until/if state laws change in response to Corona virus restrictions.

In the meantime, I will be continuing teletherapy sessions until mid-June. My office assistant and I will be monitoring your insurance policy to ensure that you will be covered for teletherapy and that your copayments will be waived. At this time, it appears that all major insurance companies (UPMC, Highmark, Aetna, Optum/United, and Cigna) are continuing to provide coverage for teletherapy.

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Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Licensed Child & Family Therapist
National Board Certified Counselor
Internationally Certified Trauma Therapist

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