April 21, 2018

Attachment Therapy-Understanding RAD

The Family Christian Counseling Center of Phoenix is a group of highly trained therapists who specialize in working with children who have suffered from early childhood complex trauma / Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD).  They are skilled at working with all children, couples, families and adults with issues that they may be causing them distress.  They utilize a combination of these modalities to best support and help clients heal: EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), theraplay, play therapies, sand tray, psychodrama, canine assisted therapy, neurosequential model of therapeutics, circle of security, PCIT (Parent Child Interactive Therapy) and other evidence based practices.  There are five therapists as well as an infant-pediatric massage therapist and a nutritionist available onsite.

Emperical Understanding of Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)

Reactive Attachment Disorder is a very difficult, painful reality for many children who have suffered neglect and abuse during their early years.  Current research has offered hope for healing, and a more clear and accurate understanding for the behaviors.  This shift, however, is not followed by all in the field.  When seeking help for attachment disorder, it is essential to ask whether or not the treatment includes  something called “holding therapy”.  This approach has been shown to be in contrast to the physiological and emotional needs of the client, and is also extremely unsafe and harmful.  If your therapist is not aware of the current research in this field, seek out a specialist who will offer you the best treatment available.

Video’s to Watch

Healing Resources

Still Face Experiment

Reading List for Parents

I highly recommend these books to anyone who has a child who suffers from RAD.  These are all authors who apply the latest brain research to their treatment and parenting models.

Book Details

Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control, Volumes I & II

Heather Forbes, Bryan Post



Bryan Post has taken the developmental brain research and created a love-based parenting approach that profoundly changes families.  He offers trainings and resources for parents of kids from hard places.

Heather Forbes is a wonderful speaker and trainer.  She offers tools for parents to be able to understand their child’s behaviors as a fear-based response, and ideas for how to respond to this child in a love-based (rather than a fear-based) way, ending the negative feedback loop.  She also offers online trainings, seminars and resources for parents of hurting kids.  And she is a parent of a child who was diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder.

The Connected Child

Karyn Purvis, Ph.D.



Dr. Purvis has compiled a wonderful book that helps parents to understand the connections that children need and why when this is disrupted during the early stages of development, the outcome often results in sensory processing issues.  She also has courses that can be purchased and resources of parents online.

The Dance of Attachment

Holly Van Gulden


Holly Van Gulden has taken the object relations theory of development and created a helpful way to view and work with children with Reactive Attachment Disorder.  She is a wonderful speaker and offers a variety of trainings for parents and professionals.

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog & Born For Love

Bruce Perry


Bruce Perry is a world renowned psychiatrist who developed the Neurosequential model of therapeutics, a treatment for children who have experienced trauma.  His research on children who have suffered from severe neglect and trauma has been critical in the understanding of how our human brain development is effected by such experiences. Perry also offers resources online for both parents and professionals as well as trainings and a certification process for professionals.

Bryan Post


Attachment & Trauma Network