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 5 Ways To Heal Your Attachment Issues in a Relationship

March 27, 2024







5 Ways To Heal Your Attachment Issues in a Relationship

If you and your partner are struggling with attachment issues in your relationship, you are not alone. 

What Is An Attachment Issue?

Individuals with attachment issues may find it hard to trust others or feel a sense of safety and security in relationships. This can lead to challenges in forming and sustaining friendships and romantic partnerships.

Attachment issues can impact mood and behaviour, making it challenging for individuals to form and sustain relationships. While these challenges often start in early childhood, they can persist into adulthood.

Recognising and understanding your attachment styles is key to healing any issues you may have, and understanding how they influence your relationship. 

Discover more about the different attachment styles, and practical steps you can take to heal and foster a deeper connection with your partner. 

Have an Awareness of your Attachment Style

One of the most important steps to healing your attachment issues is understanding your attachment style. 

Understanding your relationship attachment style is crucial because it directly impacts the way you form and maintain relationships with others, including your partner. Attachment issues can significantly affect the quality of your relationships, causing difficulties in communication, trust, and emotional intimacy.

Why is it important to understand attachment styles? By first understanding your attachment style, you can gain insight into your patterns of behaviour and emotions within different relationships. This self-awareness allows you to identify any unhealthy or dysfunctional patterns that may be hindering your ability to form and maintain healthy relationships. 

It will also enable you to understand the needs and expectations you bring into a relationship, helping you to communicate those needs effectively and create a more fulfilling and secure bond with your partner.

What Are The 4 Attachment Styles?

Unsure of your attachment style? The four main types of attachment styles are; secure, anxious-preoccupied, dismissive-avoidant and fearful-avoidant. 


The secure attachment style is considered the healthiest and most desirable. Individuals with a secure attachment style have a positive view of themselves and others. They are comfortable with intimacy and express their needs and emotions openly. They can also provide support and reassurance to their partners when needed.


On the other hand, individuals with an anxious attachment style tend to be overly dependent on their partners for validation and reassurance. They often worry about rejection and abandonment, leading them to be clingy or overly jealous in relationships. They may also have low self-esteem and constantly seek reassurance from their partners.


Those with a dismissive-avoidant attachment style tend to be emotionally distant and independent. They may have difficulty expressing their emotions or forming deep connections with others. They value their independence above all else, often dismissing the importance of emotional intimacy in relationships.


Individuals with a fearful-avoidant attachment style have a combination of anxious and avoidant tendencies. They fear both intimacy and rejection, leading to pushing others away while simultaneously craving emotional connection. This conflicting behaviour can create a turbulent and unpredictable relationship dynamic.

Knowing the different attachment styles can help you to recognise your patterns of behaviour in relationships, and how these might be impacting your or your partner’s overall satisfaction and well-being. It also helps individuals understand the needs and expectations of their partners, fostering empathy, understanding, and effective communication. 

Wondering how to heal trauma by understanding your attachment style? By recognising your relationship attachment style, you can work towards developing healthier patterns of behaviour, improving the quality of your relationships, and creating a more fulfilling emotional connection with your partner.

It’s for this reason that it’s an important first step to healing any attachment issues you and your partner may have. 

Discover your Partner’s Attachment Style

As well as recognising your attachment style, it is also helpful to know your partner’s too. Understanding both of your attachment styles is key to maintaining a healthy and fulfilling relationship. 

Relationship therapy often emphasises the importance of understanding attachment issues as they can greatly impact the dynamics of a relationship. By understanding your partner's attachment style, you can gain insight into their behaviours, needs, and expectations within the relationship. This understanding allows for better communication and empathy, which can help to heal any attachment issues that may arise. 

Even if your partner is not actively seeking self-reflection, or you’re not having any relationship issues, having knowledge of their attachment style can still be beneficial in navigating the challenges that may later arise in your relationship. By being aware of both your own and your partner's attachment styles, you can work together to create a secure and supportive bond.

Self-Reflection and Understanding Your Triggers

Once you’re aware of both your own and your partner’s attachment styles, understanding your triggers and any past wounds can help you to heal together. 

But, how do you do this? And how do you heal from emotional attachment? 

Overcoming Emotional Attachment

Practising self-reflection through journaling or mindfulness can help. By reflecting on and identifying any past wounds or current triggers that you’re struggling with, you’ll be able to recognise when these arise and work through them at the time. 

Journaling and self-reflection can be powerful tools in the process of understanding and identifying triggers or past wounds related to your attachment style. When couples come to me for relationship therapy, often the first step is knowing and understanding any attachment issues and where they may have stemmed from. 

Attachment issues can stem from childhood experiences, past traumas, or previous relationship patterns. By journaling and engaging in self-reflection, individuals can gain insight into their attachment styles and understand how these styles may have been influenced by their past experiences, and any triggers or wounds that continue to impact their present relationships. 

Journaling provides an opportunity for individuals to express their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a safe and non-judgmental space. Through journaling, individuals can explore their emotions and memories related to attachment styles. They can identify patterns, triggers, and wounds that may have contributed to their current relationship dynamics. By writing about their experiences, individuals can gain clarity and perspective on how attachment issues have shaped their relationships.

Self-reflection by journaling is a good way to start recognising any attachment issues you may have ahead of and during relationship therapy as you’ll start to question your assumptions, challenge unhealthy patterns and identify any unresolved wounds related to your attachment style - as well as giving you a deeper understanding of yourself and your part in your relationship. 

Communicate with your Partner

When working on attachment issues within your relationship, effective communication with your partner is crucial. In order to address your issues, you should communicate honestly and openly with your partner. 

Through open communication, you and your partner can express your needs, fears, and insecurities, allowing for a deeper understanding of each other's attachment styles. This understanding can help you to navigate through potential triggers and conflicts, providing an opportunity for growth and healing.

Communicating with your partner in an open and honest way is vital in healing attachment issues within your relationship. By being vulnerable with your partner, you can create a safe space for open communication, be more understanding and work towards building a secure and fulfilling relationship that benefits both of you.

How Couples Therapy Can Help You

Relationship counselling, also known as relationship therapy, can be a powerful tool for couples looking to heal their attachment issues and strengthen their bond

As a seasoned relationship counsellor with fifteen years of therapeutic experience, I have guided numerous couples through the process of resolving conflicts, rebuilding trust, and fostering open communication.

I can help you and your partner to improve your communication skills, encouraging you to express your emotions effectively and empathetically. My couples therapy can provide tools and techniques to help partners develop healthy coping mechanisms and establish secure attachment patterns.

Couples therapy is a collaborative process that requires commitment and active participation from both partners. By seeking professional help and engaging in therapy, couples can heal their attachment issues and create a stronger, more fulfilling relationship. 

If you and your partner are struggling with attachment issues or other challenges in your relationship, I am here to guide you on this journey. 

Book a session either at my clinic near Warrington or online via Zoom to take the first steps towards healing and growth. 

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