Attachment Problems

Anniek Thoomes-Vreugdenhil

In clinical practice, primarily in a children’s home, I came into contact with attachment problems and with problems resulting from neglect. In the 1970s and 80s I started to develop a treatment for young children (toddlers and pre-schoolers) with a background of neglect. In professional circles it was thought that nothing could be done about such problems and this point of view is still being propagated. A report about a three-year old child was a direct reason for me to think about a treatment. The conclusion of that report was that this child would be reliant on a residential setting until it could be independent.

After analysis of the problems, differentiation therapy was developed; and later, for problems with other symptoms, phase therapy. From both of these methods of treatment, the basis therapy for adults was developed in practice.

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