Stephanie Davis Psychotherapy Abingdon & Witney, Oxfordshire

Attachment-Based Psychotherapy

As an attachment-based therapist, I view relationships with others as a key part of human development and growth, and understand that disruptions and difficulties in relationships - in both childhood and adulthood – and feelings of isolation can damage our ability to manage our lives and our selves. These disruptions and difficulties can affect us in a variety of ways of which we may be unaware. My work involves facilitating an understanding of how much of one’s behaviour, and way of relating to others, is influenced by unconscious mental processes which may be linked to such disruptions and difficulties.

My work also involves recognising that our attachments take place in different contexts and that there is an interplay between our attachments as experienced within the personal relationships and how they are impacted by the wider societal and economic context. The relational nature of the therapy means that the therapy offered is an endeavour in which the therapist and client are both engaged and working together to effect change.

Areas of Specialism
I have developed expertise in working with a range of clients from different cultural and national backgrounds with concerns as diverse as depression, anxiety, trauma, eating problems and abuse as well as emotional difficulties and problems of identity and the self. I also specialise in working with life transitions such as moving into retirement, becoming a parent and issues around PND.

Relationship and Couple Therapy
I use the Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) approach when working with couples. Attachment needs are present throughout the lifespan and viewing the adult couple relationship as an attachment relationship offers a perspective which views the difficulties and disruptions as a consequence of couples struggling to have a good enough, supportive attachment with one another. When a couples’ attachment feels insecure it can result in negative cycles of behaviour which prevent them from communicating and connecting effectively. Working from this perspective, I endeavour to support couples to identify and understand their negative cycles and support them in unlocking the emotions fuelling this negative cycle to facilitate a move to a more secure and supportive attachment and way of relating.

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