How to find an Attachment therapist:
If you live outside of the Tampa area, these resources may be helpful in finding an Attachment Therapist.
ATTACh (Association For Treatment & Training in the Attachment of Children)
At the ATTACh Web site, you can look in the “Directory” to determine if there are any agencies or clinical members in you area. There are stringent criteria to be listed in their directory and you can access a statement by those individuals that will guide you in determining where you might wish to seek help. There are also articles of interest that you should examine to help you evaluate any therapist you speak with.
Nancy Thomas Parenting
At this site there is a page of therapists who have been recommended by clients/families. The criteria for that listing is “satisfied” clients/families who write their comments to Nancy. She determines whether these should be posted to her site. She also has a “book store” where you can find helpful information in working with these challenging children.
Distance Attachment Therapy
At the Florida Institute for Family Attachment we offer a program that may be of interest. With telephone consultations with caregivers as the initial intervention, Carol and the caregivers make a plan for “Periods of Intensity” when the child/ren will be brought to Tampa for direct treatment. This can be between 2-5 days, as the needs are determined. This can be a useful program for families within reasonable driving distance, and the “Periods of Intensity” are interspersed periodically between parent phone consults and reorganization of parenting strategies within the home. Carol sees the parent as “Primary Therapist” for these children. In office therapy for the child is facilitated by the “safety” that is created when parenting is adjusted to the special needs of these children. Trauma Interventions cannot be truly effective until the structure of “safety” is consistently in place within the home, school and community environment. Carol also provides some video information for parents to study that serves as and intense training to begin the parenting adjustments.
Feel free to contact our office to set up an initial phone interview with Carol. In order to have an initial interview, the first step is to receive a packet of documents to be completed and returned prior to your interview. Depending on your insurance carrier’s policies, some of the charges for sessions may be covered. This will have to be determined on a case-by-case basis, after all the initial information is completed. We are able to take Visa and Master Card payments if that is more convenient for you, and are happy to bill your insurance company electronically if your coverage will apply.