The relationship with your therapist can be especially valuable to clients who may have struggled to form relationships in the past, and to those whose trauma has made it difficult to form trusting relationships. I hold the connection between therapist and client as sacred.
Few therapists have the special training to recognize and treat survivors of this type of abuse, who often struggle with symptoms such as intrusive thoughts, obsessive rumination, cravings for the person who mistreated them, cognitive dissonance, loss of former self, difficulty focusing and making decisions.
Psychotherapy from an attachment perspective helps clients understand both their behaviors and responses within important, intimate relationships. Our attachment system is physiologically-based and rooted in the neurobiology of brain and nervous system functioning. We are hard-wired through evolution to bond for reasons of survival. This information is extremely important for anyone who has experienced abandonment, neglect, or betrayal.