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Attachment difficulties

Our specialist psychologists assess attachment difficulties in homes, education settings and the community.

What are attachment difficulties?

Attachment difficulties affect an individual’s feelings, thoughts and behaviour. The term ‘attachment’ is usually used in the context of relationships during early childhood. From a young age, babies and toddlers tend to strive to be close to their attachment figures, usually parents or carers, so that their physical and emotional needs can be met.

Attachment difficulties can be displayed in a variety of ways, including:

Attachment difficulties may be due to early trauma or loss which occur when there are separations and/or disruptions in early relationships, this can range from children being removed from parents to postnatal depression.

Children are not slates from which the past can be rubbed by a duster or sponge, but human beings who carry their previous experiences with them and whose behaviour in the present is profoundly affected by what has gone before.

Bowlby (1951)

How are attachment difficulties assessed?

Due to the fact that attachment difficulties share characteristics with other conditions or disorders, it is important to carry out a holistic assessment. When assessing attachment difficulties it is important to have information about an individual’s background. Attachment difficulties are assessed through a combination of structured assessments, observations, questionnaires and clinical interviews.

Our process

At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.

Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

You can contact us or complete a referral

Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion

Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.

Step 4: Let's get started

On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.

What happens after an assessment?

After an assessment for attachment difficulties, one of our psychologists will share the findings with the relevant people. A comprehensive report will be provided following the assessment. If an intervention or training on attachment is required then that can be arranged.

Which interventions do we offer for attachment difficulties?

Our specialist psychologists offer a variety of interventions in relation to attachment difficulties. Examples of the interventions we offer include:

Attachment-based interventions and their structure will be explained prior to the intervention as a consistent approach is vital. We recommend that interventions start as soon as possible following the identification of attachment difficulties.

How much does an assessment for attachment difficulties cost?

An assessment for attachment difficulties can vary in length according to a number of factors, including: age, developmental history, family circumstances. A quote will be provided following an initial discussion. An average price for an assessment for attachment difficulties with a comprehensive report is:

  • Assessment with comprehensive report: £990

Attachment difficulties can impact all areas of a child or young person’s life and early needs identification and support can maximise an individual’s potential. Attachment difficulties are often caused following a disruptive or traumatic early childhood, and are most often present within children or young people who are looked after. To book an initial discussion for attachment difficulties then please contact us and talk to a member of our team.

Arrange an initial discussion

Arrange an initial discussion to find out how we can benefit your education setting. The initial discussion lasts 2 hours and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £180.

  • No waiting lists
  • Experienced psychologists
  • Includes recommendation summary

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Contact us

Ready to get started? The next step is to speak to our team to find out more about the services we provide and how we can help. Call us on 0161 820 9229 or email

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