Understanding Relationships: Attachment Theory Counseling Online in Georgia
Attachment starts in infancy and follows us throughout our lives. Figure out your attachment style and how to have healthy relationships with loved ones.
What is Attachment Theory?
Attachment theory is our connection to caregivers, then loved ones are we grow older. It helps explain how and why we react to relationships the way that we do. There’s 3 main attachment styles: secure attachment, anxious attachment, and avoidant attachment.
Enhance Your Emotional Well-Being: Sage Counseling and Wellness Offers Attachment Theory Therapy
Let’s break those attachment styles down:
Secure Attachment: You’re the type who can trust and rely on others easily.
Anxious Attachment: You might be the one who’s always checking for replies, worrying about being ghosted.
Avoidant Attachment: Independence is your game. You might value personal space, keeping things low-key.
Attachment Theory is Great For People Wanting to Work On:
- Personal Development
- Conflict Resolution
Secure Attachments, Strong Foundations. Attachment Styles with Sage Counseling and Wellness.
What we can work on:
- Improving friendships and relationships by increasing trust and communication
- Becoming aware of emotional responses and behavior patterns
- Expressing your needs and emotions effectively
- Handle conflict with empathy and focus on compromises and solutions
- Building confidence and being kinder to yourself and others
Explaining Attachment Theory a bit further:
Think of attachment as having a cozy circle of people and things that make you feel secure. It’s like having a team of cheerleaders who are always there for you – your family, friends, or even your pet. Attachment theory helps us understand how these special connections shape the way we feel and act in the world.
There are different styles of attachment, kind of like different ways we might hug our favorite person. Some people like really big hugs, some like gentle ones. Similarly, some people feel super comfortable being close to others, while others need a bit more space.
Attachment theory helps us understand these feelings and hugs, so we can build strong and happy relationships with the people around us.
What Comes Next
Schedule a free 15-minute consultation call with the therapist you would like to work with or fill out our potential client form here. From there, you will set up your first session, also known as an intake session. With your chosen therapist, let them know a bit about your concern, your history with past treatment, ask about our fees, and the best days and times to attend therapy sessions.
Each therapist at Sage Counseling and Wellness has their own fee structure. When you have the initial consultation call with your therapist, you will discuss your fee with them.
Our therapists do not participate in-network with any insurance companies. Clients pay their therapist each time they come to a session and are then emailed an insurance-compatible statement at the end of each month to send to their insurance companies for out-of-network reimbursement called a superbill. Each insurance company varies on what reimbursement they give for psychotherapy out of network. You may want to check with your insurance company to find out what they offer for psychotherapy with a therapist with your therapist’s particular licensure in Georgia.
What Can I Expect at My First Therapy Appointment?
Many people have fears, assumptions, and at times, no idea at all about what therapy will be like the first time they come in for a first session. We would also encourage you to reach out and ask your therapist any questions you have about what therapy will be like with them.
Each therapist has their own way of approaching their work. But here are some things that may happen in your first session here at Sage Counseling and Wellness:
- When you start your first online appointment, you’ll be in the virtual waiting room.
- While you wait for your appointment, take a moment to breathe, look over any thoughts or items you’d like to share in the session, and perhaps take a restroom break beforehand so you can be fully present.
- As sessions are virtual, you can sit however you want to sit comfortably. Some clients prefer to sit at a desk, others in a comfy chair with a laptop or tablet, and some others sit on the floor on a yoga mat to stretch while in session. It’s completely up to you.
- In your first session, your therapist will likely remind you that what you talk about in session is completely confidential with a few legal and ethical exceptions, which will be explained to you (and which are outlined in our consent to treatment document). If you have any questions about those policies, you’re encouraged to ask!
- Your therapist might discuss any other policies they have (cancellation, payment, session length, scheduling, or other ‘frequently asked questions’). This all only takes a few minutes.
- Then, depending on the level of crisis that you’re currently experiencing, your therapist might review their particular style of therapy, discuss your intake form with you, begin a more thorough assessment of your history, or just ask you what brings you in at that particular time. From there on, it’s a conversation and there are no right or wrong things for you to say — the only thing you can do ‘wrong’ at that point is to be dishonest, and in doing so you would only slow down your progress. If there is something about your therapist that seems like it would get in the way of you feeling comfortable being honest, you can say so, and your therapist may be able to help you feel more comfortable. We want you to feel comfortable and confident with your therapist. If at any time you don’t, please let them know or let the director know.
- Your therapist may or may not take notes, depending on their treatment style. These notes are also confidential unless you consent to their release, and they are kept safely in our electronic health record system.
- Therapy is a safe space to show your vulnerability so crying is perfectly acceptable.
- You’ll pay for your session at the end, generally, via your credit card on file.
- You can discuss a regular meeting time with your therapist so that this time becomes your reserved time. This helps in accountability for you to work on your progress as well.