Mother and a Child

In psychology, attachment theory is the theory that people develop psychological attachment as children to primary caregiving figures.  It can be used to examine the patterns of behavior that people develop in relation to their parents or primary caregivers during childhood. The theory has been extensively studied in the context of parental separation, adoption, and foster care.

Attachment theory is based on the notion that children develop different patterns of attachment based on the responsiveness of their caregivers. The four patterns of attachment are: secure, anxious-ambivalent, anxious-avoidant, and disorganized-disoriented. Attachment theory has been used to understand a wide range of social behaviors, including romantic relationships. 

However, our attachment patterns may continue to affect a person's relationships as an adult. Additionally, attachment psychology can be used to explore the person's core beliefs or "root issues." These are the beliefs that contribute to the person's overall attitude and outlook on life.

Please keep in mind that not all of these modalities are appropriate for use in therapy; however, they represent Katie's theoretical approach to therapy and are where she has spent the majority of her schooling and training. Each individual is different, and she will use her best judgment to determine what is appropriate for you. She desires to honor and respect your level of comfortability with these tools and approaches, working within your zone of tolerance and resilience.


Her overall purpose is to teach people how to better care for themselves and how to use practical techniques to overcome obstacles to healing, learning, and growth while also creating a stronger sense of self-mastery and self-compassion.

  • Contact the office to set up your initial appointment. Katie offers a complimentary 15-minute consultation to get acquainted, discuss what you are specifically seeking from therapy, and how she can best help you.

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