Impact Already Felt

JUST halfway through the attachment games in Core Attachment Therapy© with a soon to be adopted 4 year old from the foster care system with her new mother. This typically seems to be the beginning of the turn around point for most children engaged in this process when the impact of secure attachment starts becoming apparent.

In this case, this little girl had a week of calm behavior. At her preschool, she had no episodes of hitting another child, chasing another child or biting another child. In addition to this, she spent the night at her grandmother’s house without fussy about leaving her mother. And the most beneficial to all, she is sleeping through the night. The mother attributes this to Core Attachment Therapy© since this is the only thing that is different in their lives.

The Body holds the Trauma

Dorothy Derapelian, LCMHC

Those of us in the trauma field know that the body holds on to the trauma it has endured. Children (as well as adults) stay emotionally stuck where the trauma occurred and it particularly manifests during times of stress.

I have completed a round of Core Attachment Therapy© with a bio mother and her 6 year old son. The trauma occurred during his potty training years. The mother had a two month hospitalization followed by another two month hospitalization with the father being gone as well to be with her.

Prior to starting Core Attachment Therapy©, the boy had two hospitalizations for behaviors associated Reactive Attachment Disorder, one of which was control of feces, smearing, soiling etc.

The attachment games went beautifully and it was so very apparent how the bond between mother and son had solidified. The best outcome…..the boy no longer has issues with his feces! His body…

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Giving back

Dorothy Derapelian, LCMHC

I have been doing Core Attachment Therapy© between a bio mom and son. He is six years of age and has had a psychiatric hospitalization where he was diagnosed with RAD. During the initial interview as to why a boy his age living with his birth family would have RAD, it was learned that during his attachment development (birth to 3 years), his mom was having significant mental health issues of her own, causing her to be away from him for periods of time. This met the criteria for Core Attachment Therapy© and we began it 7 weeks ago.

It was been progressing beautifully and it is apparent how this process is opening the hearts between mother and son. So much so, that in today’s session, his heart was filled enough to start giving back. After the mother sang him their special song, he told her he was singing back…

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Humbling Moment

As I continued  Core Attachment Therapy© with a family who had adopted their daughter from Sierra Leone, it was humbling to witness the power of this process.

This family had already successfully completed Phases 1 and 2 of the Attachment Games. Due to illnesses, several sessions in a row were missed. During those absences, the girl (who is in her mid-teens) had regressed to the behaviors that brought her to treatment. As we looked more carefully at this, abandonment issues had arisen again from the lack of continuity.

I intensified the child’s connection with her mother by helping her get attunement by feeling her mother’s heart beat along with feeling her mother’s breathing. She was overwhelmed with emotion and then stated she felt less alone and wished she “could have come home sooner.”

Those that know her wish she did too.