Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT)
Everyone deserves safety, connection, and love.
We understand how painful it is when your home isn’t a happy one.
We can help.
What is Attachment-Based Family Therapy?
Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) is a manualized, empirically supported family therapy model researched and designed by Dr. Guy Diamond, Dr. Gary Diamond, and Dr. Suzanne Levy. It is specifically designed to target family and individual processes associated with adolescent suicide and depression.
ABFT comes from interpersonal theories that suggest suicide and depression in adolescents can be precipitated, exacerbated, or buffered against by the quality of a family’s interpersonal relationships. It aims to repair ruptures in these familial relationships and rebuild them in a way that is emotionally protective and provides secure attachment for adolescents.
ABFT is proven to be effective in treating Depression in Teens. Rebecca Street, LMFT offers ABFT at Creative Family Counseling.
Treatment is characterized by 5 treatment tasks:
- Reframing the therapy to focus on interpersonal development.
- Building an alliance with the adolescent.
- Building an alliance with the parents.
- Facilitating conversations to resolve the attachment ruptures.
- Promoting autonomy and competency in the adolescent.
It is listed as a “proven” treatment by the Promising Practices Network and has received a quality of research score of 3.5 for depression, 3.6 for suicide ideation, and 4.0 for readiness for dissemination by the SAMHSA’s NREPP.
Common Issues Addressed at Creative Family Counseling in ABFT:
- Conflict resolution
- Adjusting to family changes
- Family discord
- Recovery from a shared trauma
- Blended family issues
- Attachment ruptures / repairing strained relationships
- Separation and/or reuniting with a family member
- Suicidal Ideation
- Self-Injurious Behaviors
There is Hope.
By utilizing a theory such as ABFT, as well as a collaborative approach, our therapists will allow each person to feel heard as well as begin to understand the source of their reactive emotions which drive their patterns of interacting. It is through this process that you will uncover your family’s hidden strengths and develop healthier patterns. This will foster more enriching and satisfying relationships, and ultimately a happier home.
We agree to provide a safe space that allows clients to reach their goals in a collaborative manner.
I’m ready for a happier home. How do I get started?
1. Contact our Practice Administrator to be matched with a Therapist who fits your needs.
2. Schedule an intake appointment to discuss your concerns and goals.
3. Allow your Therapist to create an individualized treatment plan for you and your family.
4. Work together to meet your goals.
5. Enjoy a happier home.
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