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Attachment

Attachment-Based Therapy is the foundation of Evoke’s clinical model. Psychologist John Bowlby was the first to explore attachment, describing it as a “lasting psychological connectedness between human beings.” Attachment is the most important ingredient in the development of resiliency. The greatest predictor of a caregiver’s ability to provide a secure attachment is rooted in their own therapeutic work.

Therapy can repair the damage caused by poor or fractured attachment. “Part of the business of psychotherapy is to discover and create alternate experiences for thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and beliefs. This is undertaken in the service of freeing people to be able to re-experience themselves in a safe but different context. The virtue of talking to an empathic and accepting person who has a different base is that it quickly illuminates one’s own. What was automatic and unconscious is noticed and discussed.” (Jami Gill).

Wilderness Therapy provides a safe container to explore and begin to heal trauma and attachment issues. In addition to Evoke’s foundation of Attachment-Based Therapy, our therapists use an array of trauma healing techniques including EMDR, Brainspotting, Somatic Experiencing, and Psychodrama. Our wilderness therapists and staff work from a Person-Centered Approach that creates a safe and loving environment to explore, repair, and develop skills consistent with secure attachments for families.

While many mental health and substance use disorders may be traced back to attachment issues, Evoke believes that therapy informed by attachment theory is useful across the mental health continuum.

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