Every person’s happiness is based upon the depth and breadth of his or her reciprocal loving relationships with others. The foundation of all human relationships begin in utero and during the first few years of life between a mother and her child. When there are serious strains or breaks in this primary relationship, such as has often occurred with foster or adopted children, or children who have experienced divorce or the death of a parent, bonding and attachment therapy may be helpful. This approach focuses on assessing the current capacity of a child and the parents to receive and give love, the quality of their current interactive relationship, and the problem areas that are interfering with the parents and child in enjoying and sustaining a mutually loving relationship.
Therapeutic intervention strategies are offered to the parents and to the child that emphasize mutual empathy, compassion, respect, and a child’s obedience to appropriate parental guidance and teachings.