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THERE IS HOPE FOR YOU!   Thank you for your interest in our therapeutic services. Our web site has the latest information about the nature of attachment disorder and the specifics of Corrective Attachment Therapy. It is our goal to provide the highest quality treatment available for attachment disordered children, adults, and their families.

NEWSLETTERS:   The following is an excerpt from an article featured in our most recent Newsletter. Please complete the Sign Up Form on the right side of this page to receive our Newsletter.   "Trauma has a significant impact on children, not only mentally, emotionally and behaviorally, but also on the architecture of the brain. The young brain is growing more than at any other time in life, and so trauma and toxic stress affect the brain's "wiring." The following are helpful tips for parents and professionals..."
Helping Traumatized Children (Expanded Version of This Newsletter Article).

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Healing Parents Helping Wounded Children Learn to Trust and Love. Visit our Books and Tapes page to order.

Nurturing and dependable relationships are the building blocks of healthy childhood development. Secure attachments are basic to every aspect of a child's well-being - mind, brain, emotions, relationships, and morality. Wounded children - those who have experienced maltreatment, loss, and disrupted attachments - are often defiant, angry, biologically disorganized, and afraid to trust and love. They are extremely challenging to parent.
Healing Parents gives parents and caregivers the information, skills, self-understanding, support, and hope they need to be therapeutic and healing parents. This book is a toolbox filled with practical ideas and strategies that will enable parents to understand their child, create healthy relationships, and help their child heal emotional wounds and improve behaviorally, socially, and morally.

  • Practice the 10 C's of loving leadership.
  • Understand your child: Three pillars of assessment
  • Understand yourself: Mindful parenting.
  • Create a healing family environment.
  • Maintain a constructive attitude and "opportunity" mindset.
  • Employ competency-based parenting.
  • Provide a secure base to enhance attachment.
  • Change negative mindsets, behaviors, and family dynamics.
  • Remain calm and respond therapeutically.
  • Be proactive, not reactive.
  • Promote motivation, responsibility, and healthy self-esteem.
  • Use constructive communication, problem-solving, and anger-management skills.
  • Facilitate a sense of belonging.
Featured Question this Month:
We can't seem to get our son to care about anything. He is not interested in sports or other activities. He would stay in his room all the time if we let him. How can we motivate him?
Parents spend a great deal of time and energy trying to figure out how to motivate their children. They use the carrot and stick approach. When the carrot doesn't work, they get out the stick. You cannot motivate your child, but you can do the things that will improve his attitude and self-motivation. ....   Click Here for Full Answer and to View Archives

Michael Orlans, M.A., D.A.P.A., and Terry Levy, Ph.D., B.C.F.E., are internationally respected teachers, trainers, and clinicians with an expertise in restoring attachments in children, teens, adults, and couples. Their work has been featured in numerous national publications and TV shows. They are co-founders of ATTACh (The Association for the Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children) and on the founding Executive Advisory Board of the A.P.A (American Psychotherapy Association).

Traditional psychotherapeutic approaches are often not effective in treating children and adults with attachment difficulties who have difficulty trusting and forming working alliances basic to success in therapy. Corrective Attachment Therapy and the two-week Intensive Treatment Program are part of our innovative therapeutic approach.

Terry M. Levy, Ph.D. and Michael Orlans, M.A. are co-directors of the Evergreen Psychotherapy Center, Evergreen, Colorado, and the authors of Attachment, Trauma and Healing (Child Welfare League of America, 1998), and Healing Parents: Helping Wounded Children Learn to Trust and Love (Child Welfare League of America, 2006).
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Children - Teens
The majority of the families seen in our Corrective Attachment Therapy program have children adopted from foster care programs or foreign orphanages. Some have biological children who failed to develop secure attachments. These children lack the most important foundation for emotional health. They typically are oppositional, controlling, and mistrustful. Parents and siblings are often overwhelmed by the stress inherent in dealing with their challenging child. Families come from every state and several foreign countries.

The lessons we learn about ourselves and others from our early life experiences stay with us for a lifetime. They influence our self-esteem, feelings of security, and our ability to maintain closeness with others. Adults visit us searching to heal the roadblocks to their growth and happiness. Most have difficulty maintaining intimate relationships or are experiencing repetitive destructive patterns in their lives.

Relationships are one of the most challenging paths for achieving emotional growth. Few other experiences provoke the depth of our fears, insecurities, and vulnerabilities. The couples we see seek help in learning to communicate, resolve conflict, and most importantly, to connect.
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"Nicole has really improved in every area. Her behavior at home and at school is better than we could have ever expected. We are really enjoying our family life together. The change has been nothing less than dramatic. There have been no rages. We really appreciate your help. We talk to a lot of other families with children like Nicole. It is amazing that all these kids have the same problems. We simply tell them, 'Look no more. Pack your bags and head to Evergreen.'   Thanks, guys."
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Attachment is the deep and enduring connection established between a child and caregiver in the first several years of life. However, more and more children are failing to develop secure attachments to loving, protective caregivers. These children are left without the most important foundation for healthy development and are at risk for:
• low self-esteem
• lack of self-control
• antisocial attitudes and
• aggression and violence
• lack empathy, compassion,
  and remorse
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