The World Needs More Time Spent With Grandmothers, Loving Aunts, and Good Friends!
I was reading an invitation to a training seminar in Tennessee that is coming up on “Attachment-Based Intervention.” I had read a couple of books by this Christian presenter on attachment. The language in the invitation was very clinical and sounds impressive. Knowing the psychological strategies for identifying attachment disorders and addressing them therapeutically through developing emotional literacy, interpersonal skill competency, setting and respecting boundaries, and the capacity for trust (directed toward the proper objects for one’s trust and to the proper degree!) is great and it is a valid approach to therapy for anxious, depressed, and suicidal individuals. The bottom line of it all is this: God is a relational God! When one’s self-awareness, identity, and attachment are grounded in a relationship with Christ and one is discipled/mentored into meaningful community participation with others who are grounded in Christ, supportive and interdependent relationships evolve and have the capacity to bring tremendous healing, emotional growth, and stability!
“Attachment-based therapy is a brief, process-oriented form of psychological counseling. It seeks to establish a client-therapist relationship based on developing or rebuilding trust and centers on expressing emotions. An attachment-based approach to therapy looks at the connection between one’s early attachment experiences, usually with parents, and the individual’s ability to develop normally and ultimately form healthy emotional and physical relationships as an adult. Attachment-based therapy aims to build or rebuild trusting, supportive relationships that will help prevent or treat anxiety or depression.”
An attachment-based approach can be used in individual, family, couple, and group therapy, with both children and adults, to help clients mend or recover from fractured relationships. Such fractured relationships may exist between an individual and God, within one’s self, or among or between individuals.
The instructors-volunteers-mentors of Titus 2 are doing this every day!