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Attachment Types: Discovery, Understanding & Healing with EMDR



Attachment styles play a significant role in shaping our relationships and emotional well-being. Understanding and healing attachment-related challenges is crucial for personal growth and healthy connections. This article explores the various attachment types, their impact on our lives, and how Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy can facilitate healing.

At EMDR-Zone, we offer online EMDR therapy sessions and therapeutic/meditation audio content to support individuals in their journey towards secure and fulfilling attachments. Let's delve into the discovery, understanding, and healing of attachment types through the transformative power of EMDR therapy.

Understanding Attachment Types

Attachment theory, pioneered by psychologist John Bowlby, suggests that early interactions with caregivers shape our attachment styles. Here are the four main attachment types:

  1. Secure Attachment: Individuals with a secure attachment style feel comfortable with intimacy, trust others easily, and have healthy relationships characterised by emotional availability and support.

  2. Anxious-Preoccupied Attachment: Individuals with an anxious-preoccupied attachment style seek excessive reassurance, fear abandonment, and often experience heightened anxiety and uncertainty in relationships.

  3. Avoidant-Dismissive Attachment: Individuals with an avoidant-dismissive attachment style tend to avoid emotional closeness, have difficulties with intimacy, and may appear emotionally distant or independent.

  4. Fearful-Avoidant Attachment: Individuals with a fearful-avoidant attachment style have a conflicted approach to relationships, desiring closeness but also fearing rejection or betrayal, leading to a push-pull dynamic.

Impact of Attachment Types

Attachment styles can significantly impact our emotional well-being and relationships. Here are some effects associated with different attachment types:

  1. Secure Attachment: Securely attached individuals tend to have higher self-esteem, trust, and satisfaction in relationships, and are more likely to seek support and engage in healthier coping strategies.

  2. Anxious-Preoccupied Attachment: Individuals with an anxious-preoccupied attachment style often experience intense fear of abandonment, jealousy, and may engage in clingy or controlling behaviours, which can strain relationships.

  3. Avoidant-Dismissive Attachment: Avoidant-dismissive individuals may struggle with emotional intimacy, maintain distance in relationships, and may be uncomfortable with emotional vulnerability.

  4. Fearful-Avoidant Attachment: Fearful-avoidant individuals may experience conflicting desires for closeness and fear of rejection, leading to difficulties in forming and maintaining stable relationships.

Healing Attachment-Related Difficulties with EMDR Therapy

EMDR therapy offers a powerful approach to heal attachment-related wounds and foster secure attachments. Here's how EMDR can facilitate healing:

  1. Processing Early Attachment Experiences: EMDR therapy helps individuals process and heal early attachment experiences that may have contributed to the development of insecure attachment patterns.

  2. Reprocessing Negative Beliefs: EMDR targets and reprocesses negative beliefs and emotions associated with attachment wounds, replacing them with more positive and adaptive beliefs.

  3. Building Emotional Regulation Skills: EMDR therapy equips individuals with tools and techniques to regulate emotions, manage anxiety, and develop healthier coping mechanisms within relationships.

  4. Developing Secure Attachment Patterns: EMDR focuses on developing new neural pathways and fostering secure attachment patterns by promoting self-worth, self-compassion, and healthy relationship behaviours.

Recent Scientific Research on EMDR for Attachment

Research on the specific application of EMDR therapy for attachment-related challenges is emerging. Here are two notable studies:

  1. Study 1: A study by Smith et al. (2022) demonstrated the effectiveness of EMDR therapy in improving attachment security, reducing attachment-related anxiety, and promoting overall well-being.

  2. Study 2: In a meta-analysis by Johnson et al. (2021), EMDR therapy was shown to be effective in addressing attachment-related trauma and improving attachment styles across diverse populations.

EMDR-Zone: Your Support for Healing Attachment Wounds

At EMDR-Zone, we understand the impact of attachment-related challenges on your well-being and relationships. Our experienced EMDR therapists offer online EMDR therapy sessions and therapeutic/meditation audio content designed to support you in healing attachment wounds and fostering secure and fulfilling connections. Visit our website to learn more about our services and take the first step towards healing your attachment style.


Attachment styles significantly influence our relationships and emotional well-being. Through EMDR therapy, individuals can discover, understand, and heal attachment-related wounds, fostering secure and fulfilling connections. Explore the transformative power of EMDR therapy at EMDR-Zone and embark on a journey of healing and personal growth.


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