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Attachment Therapy

Attachment therapy is the name for an extremely controversial group of therapies designed to help children with attachment disorders.

Specific therapies include

  • Holding therapy, which consists of forced holding by a therapist or parent until the child stops resisting or until a fixed time period has elapsed
  • Re-birthing therapy, in which a child or adult is forced to simulate their own birth with the help of others
  • A variety of coercive, restraining or aversive procedures, such as withdrawal of food and water

Attachment therapy has been fiercely criticised, following a number of incidents in which children have been seriously harmed or killed.

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