I have feelings, too - The Journey from Avoidant to Secure Attachment

Maša Žvelc


In the article I describe the integrative psychotherapy of the client who showed an avoidant state of mind. I explore how in two and a half years of psychotherapeutic treatment, in a sensitive and caring therapeutic relationship, the client process of integration and development of a secure state of mind is unfolding. The client is becoming more open and accepting of her own internal states, particularly her vulnerability and the need for having a secure, warm and loving relationship with another. An increased contact with self is enabling her to make important decisions and implement changes into her life. Theory of attachment is used as important guideline for diagnosis, treatment planning and understanding of the psychotherapeutic process. 


attachment theory; integrative psychotherapy; avoidant attachment style; case study; EMDR

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