The First Appointment
During the first assessment appointment, which is 2½ hours long, family and individual attachment history is completed with the young woman and her parents. Family and individual challenges are discussed. By the end of the first session, we are able to give you feedback identifying the developmental patterns that have contributed to your daughter’s susceptibility to this problem anchoring itself in her life. A therapeutic plan is suggested for all family members as needed, to begin the work of changing belief patterns and subsequent behaviors.
“We are not shrinks, but rather integrationists… promoting the growth of integrative fibers in the brain.”
– Daniel Siegel
Family therapy and individual therapy with the young woman would be a consistent part of all therapy at Juno House.
- Some families will benefit from individual therapy to both parents to address attachment injuries that have contributed to the attachment patterns arising in their family.
- Marital therapy may also be indicated to establish healthy attachment in the marital system.
“Attachment sets the brain template for all future human relations.”
– Bruce Perry
The Juno House approach to therapy works best when parents are engaged and part of the therapeutic process. These supportive parents are a key to a positive therapeutic outcome. Once the parents understand the nature of the attachment injury, they become crucial in the “repair.” If we can heal the attachment injury in the relationship in which it occurred, the client is able to make a complete and rapid shift in attachment patterns, thus changing how they approach themselves and every relationship in the future.
“If you aren’t willing to face your demons — if you can’t find the courage to take on your fear and hurt and anger – you might as well wrap them up with a bow and give them to your children. Because they will be carrying the same thing… unless you are willing to do the work.”
– R.A. Dickey
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