Adult Attachment Therapy

“Without the Institute, our boys would certainly be on the streets by now and headed for a life in and out of juvenile detention and later, prison.”

– Gary, Client/Parent

Our Adult Treatment Model

Our Philosophy
Our Process
Treatment Details
Common Questions about Attachment Issues 


Our Adult Treatment Philosophy

We know that every person is unique. And we respect and treat all of our clients as such. Thus, we create an individual treatment plan for each client. We consider your social history, family dynamics, past treatments, psychiatric evaluations, etc. We embrace you as a whole person—cognitive, affective, behavioral, interpersonal, and spiritual.

Our Adult Treatment Process

We create a unique treatment plan for every person. Based on your specific needs, we may include a range of therapeutic processes. They include inner child work, cognitive/emotional restructuring, nurturing touch, and role-playing.

For all of our clients, we work to release feelings hidden deep within the limbic system. This is where the healing begins. Because the emotional recovery is intense, our highly skilled team of clinicians creates a safe and nurturing environment. Our goal is to help you develop the capacity to trust and love. Ultimately, we hope that you may learn to live a happier and more productive life.

Some of our clients suffer from a mood disturbance of chemical imbalance as well. For these clients, we also include psychiatric care so that they may fully engage in the therapy. We require a supportive adult chosen by the client to attend therapy sessions. This person could be a spouse, relative, or friend that accepts your vulnerability and is supportive.

Treatment Details

Our intense adult therapy process takes three hours a day over the course of six days. We realize that therapy is intense for our clients. Thus, we will support and embrace you with sensitivity and respect during treatment. We prefer that you have an established therapeutic relationship for follow-up services. We’re happy to coordinate those services with your chosen therapist.

During treatment, you will learn to:

  • Identify feelings
  • Validate feelings
  • Express feelings in a safe and appropriate way
  • Understand the origin of feelings
  • Resolve early trauma: revisit the circumstances, reframe the trauma, heal the trauma, grow beyond the trauma
  • Work through grief and loss issues
  • Restructure faulty cognitive thinking patterns, attitudes, and perceptions
  • Increase ability for self control
  • Reshape behavior to more appropriate and socially acceptable levels
  • Enhance self esteem
  • Develop a positive sense of identity
  • Improve social interaction patterns: Focus on respect for others and reciprocity in relationships
  • Confront self-defeating behavior
  • Develop thoughtful decision-making skills
  • Accept responsibility for your own behavior
  • Develop the capacity for joy
  • Experience and accept loving, nurturing care