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by Mike Fisher

Impact of early life ‘trauma’ on a person’s ability to attach and the effect of a child’s attachment experience on its response to trauma. Trauma in this context is any globally overwhelming experience – it therefore includes neglect, abuse, abandonment, and medical intervention.

The need to attach to the primary caregiver is innate and the power of the drive to attach cannot be underestimated.

The trauma associated with abuse and severe neglect will inevitably disrupt a child’s capacity to attach securely.

Conversely children who are insecurely attached are more likely to face difficulties in processing and coping with trauma and abuse.

When working with survivors of early life trauma and abuse one will need to give regard to: