ATTACHMENT Coalition of Michigan
Healing Trauma & Strengthening Adoptive Relationships
34441 Eight Mile, Suite 104
(corner of Gill Road, 2 miles east of I-275)
Livonia, MI 48152
Talking with a therapist with years of experience in post-adoption treatment can provide a family with direction and recommendations which can sometimes be the needed guidance to set relationships on a less troublesome course. Our consultations are for any age child and his/her family experiencing adoption issues or problem behaviors.
Coalition members also conduct pre-adoption consultations which provide parents with ideas and information to increase the likelihood of a smoother transition for the new adoptee.
Psychotherapy is often referred to as the "talking treatment," because it is based on talking with a therapist about problems in order to eliminate problems or find better ways to cope with them. Psychotherapy often includes many other strategies, such as writing, drawing, drama and narrative stories. This is true for ATTACHMENT Coalition therapists, with the addition that all treatment is steeped in attachment theory and requires the work be conducted with the child and his/her parent(s) together. As a part of a client's assessment and overall treatment plan, ATTACHMENT Coaltion therapists determine which of the following should be used as an intervention.
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) is the treatment model used for families experiencing adoption and/or attachment problems with their child due to a history of multiple family placements, neglect, abuse, or other traumas. DDP is an attachment-focused model designed to explore a child’s emotions, while helping the child remain regulated. The sole intent is to understand and give meaning to the child's current behaviors while validating their worth. (See Treatment Philosophy page for slide presentation.)
Attachment-focused therapy addresses a child’s symptoms through understanding, curiosity and empathy for the underlying reason(s) that cause the symptoms (behaviors). This approach requires that parents become a child’s therapeutic healer by:
The goals of DDP are to create a safe environment for healing at home, school and in a child’s community. It is designed to increase a child’s ability to regulate around emotion, thinking, and other stimulation, while teaching a child how to be insightful and thus empowered to make behavioral decisions. Empowering a child is critical, as traumas have left a child feeling "out of control" and thus forced to develop maladaptive ways to be in constant control. As a child becomes aware of trauma’s life altering effects, his/her trust in others and self increases.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for children and adults who have experienced trauma. EMDR procedures reprocess traumatic events or adverse life experiences, along with the associated beliefs, to an adaptive or functional resolution. EMDR informed procedures can also assist in improving self-soothing ability and in mentally rehearsing future behaviors.
Family Psychotherapy is a necessary part of attachment-focused child therapy, in which an entire family, or subsets of a family are present in order to address the relational dynamics contributing to ongoing struggles.
Group Psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy in which several clients come together, with a therapist, to learn from the experiences of one another, offer advice and support one another. It is also a great place for members to try out ideas and practice new behaviors.
Coalition members develop their own group(s) based on the current needs of their clients. Some groups are open to people not in treatment, and other groups are closed, meaning that the group is comprised of clients in treatment. All groups require an interview and are time-limited.
Parent-Infant Psychotherapy is a relationship based psychotherapy where the parent-infant relationship is the client. The aim of the therapy is to provide corrective attachment experiences. The Infant Mental Health Specialist provides tools to help understand infant development and the parent-infant relationship, while providing emotional support, warmth and empathy to the parent. Through continued support of the parent, his/her self-esteem, knowledge and skills increase, creating opportunties for joy in the attachment experience!
Play Therapy is a form of treatment that uses symbolic play to assist a child (often a younger child who has less access to verbal ways of processing) in identifying and working through painful or unresolved feelings, beliefs, and, memories. Play therapy is often used in conjunction with other treatment modalities such as EMDR, infant/parent treatment, and family therapy.
Neurofeedback is a non-invasive treatment for brain dysregulation that may be caused by heredity, disease, nutrition, trauma, and physical or emotional stress. Neurofeedback helps train the brain and nervous system toward healthy arousal states to address symptoms of hyperativity, attention deficits, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, learning or memory problems. It has been used successfully for a variety of medical conditions... people report feeling better, sleeping better and being more in control.
Coalition members researched and studied various systems to determine the best fit for the population of children and adults that seek our services. As a result, Dr. Lhost-Catal uses NeurOptimal® by Zengar, Inc. (Click here for brochure.)
Psychological Evaluations & School Consultations
Assessments can be completed for children, adolescents or adults. Intelligence, learning, attention, memory, mood, behavior, early development (0-5 yrs) and attachment potential can be assessed, all or in part, for families new to therapy, as well as children in treatment. In addition, consultations in understanding school support services or finding answers concerning appropriate school placement is available.