Attachment Specialist

Traci Ober, LIMHP, LPC -  - Mental Health Provider

Tranquil Spaces Counseling

Traci Ober, LIMHP, LPC

Mental Health Provider located in Norfolk, NE & Plainview, NE

Attachment is the first and most essential skill children learn, as it builds the foundation for healthy relationships throughout their lifetime. When attachment issues arise, you can depend on exceptional treatment from Traci Ober, LIMHP, LPC, at Tranquil Spaces and Counseling. Traci offers integrative counseling that draws from psychotherapy, as well as today's most innovative treatments, including neurofeedback and Brainspotting®. Don't wait to seek help for attachment issues at any age. Call the office in Norfolk or Plainview, Nebraska, or book an in-person or telemedicine appointment online today.

Attachment Q&A

What is attachment?

Attachment refers to the deep emotional bond you form with another person. Attachment begins when infants connect with their parent or primary caregiver. If infants get the security and nurturing they need, they grow up with self-confidence and the ability to build healthy attachments as adults.

What are the signs of attachment issues?

Attachment disorders occur when children can't make a secure emotional connection with their parents, caretaker, or other adults in their life. In many cases, the signs are apparent by the time they reach their first birthday.

Most young children get upset when you leave, but they're happy when you return. Your child may have an attachment problem if they stay highly anxious, ignore you, or get angry when you return. Other early signs include feeding problems, difficulty being comforted, and defiant behavior.

What are attachment disorders?

Children develop attachment disorders when they experience trauma, lose a primary caretaker, or they were emotionally or physically abused or neglected. As a result, they develop one of two primary attachment disorders:

Reactive attachment disorder (RAD)

When a young child doesn't get the nurturing they need, they can't connect with or trust others. Children with RAD:

  • Can't calm down when they're distressed
  • Don't seek comfort from caregivers when they're upset
  • Remain unresponsive when parents or caregivers try to comfort them
  • Don't want to play with caregivers
  • Don't want to be picked up or hugged
  • Seem unhappy, irritable, or scared during activities with caregiver
  • Show little or no emotions

The symptoms of RAD symptoms occur before the age of 5 years.

Disinhibited social engagement disorder (DSED)

Children with DSED don’t fear strangers. Instead, they're overly friendly. They actively approach strangers and interact with them. They often exhibit familiar behavior when they shouldn’t, such as hugging or kissing a stranger. These children may leave with a stranger without any hesitation.

How are attachment issues treated?

Traci takes a holistic approach to treating attachment issues. She may recommend play therapy for children and psychotherapy for adults. She also works with the family, helping them find ways to improve their relationships and develop positive interactions.

In addition to therapy, Traci specializes in innovative treatments such as neurofeedback and Brainspotting®. Neurofeedback uses child-friendly programs to train their brain, normalizing nerve activity and improving their ability to connect.

Brainspotting helps children identify, process, and release the pent-up emotions and memories associated with their childhood trauma.

If you recognize signs of attachment issues in your child, call Tranquil Spaces Counseling or book an in-person or telemedicine appointment online today.