Attachment Focused Therapy/Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)

This is a service for children who have experienced loss, trauma, abuse, neglect and/or multiple placements. These children have not developed secure attachments.

They do not experience the world as a safe place but as dangerous and unpredictable. Children who have been hurt and neglected in the past do not know how to use parents to help them.

They find relationships frightening rather than soothing and they have learnt to rely on themselves.

Parenting these children is a complex tasks and can leave parents and carers feeling deskilled and rejected.

Over time we have learnt that love, stimulation and boundaries are not enough.

Different ways of parenting are needed to help them recover and learn to build relationships. 

DDP work starts with carer/parent sessions which can include psycho-education as well as intense therapeutic work before involving the child to improve attunement and connections.