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Attachement-Based Therapy

Attachment-based therapy is used to understand and heal the complex and lasting impacts of attachment issues. It focuses on the relationships between individuals and their primary caregivers, and how those relationships can shape behavior later in life. If you want to talk with someone, CARESPACE can help.

Call (519) 208-2273 or book online today.

Attachment-Based Therapy for Kitchener Waterloo

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What is Attachment-Based Therapy?

Attachment-based therapy is an evidence-based treatment that emphasizes understanding the client’s relationships with significant others throughout their life. It focuses on recognizing, accepting, and reflecting on how a person’s past experiences influence their current behavior and emotions. This therapy can help clients recognize maladaptive strategies they use to cope with feelings of abandonment or disconnection by exploring the connection between their early life experiences and how they relate to their current condition, thoughts, relationships, and behaviors. By uncovering negative relationship patterns, providing secure attachments in therapy, and strengthening the therapeutic alliance between both psychotherapist and client, attachment-based therapy seeks to enable individuals move towards a more fulfilling and meaningful lifestyle.

CARESPACE offers more than just Attachment-Based Therapy

We all know that health and wellness is important, but with so many competing priorities, it’s hard to stay on top of it. CARESPACE Health+Wellness offers more than just psychotherapy in Kitchener-Waterloo. With functional integrative therapies we help promote a healthier life by using an evidence-based, result-oriented, natural approach to rehabilitation and wellness allowing you to get better quickly and stay well longer. Start living your healthier life today!

Applicable conditions include: Anxiety and stress, depression, PTSD, eating disorders, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, relationship conflicts and more.

Get your very own health team

You can achieve your health goals at CARESPACE with your own personal well-trained and dedicated team of multidisciplinary professionals that includes Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, Naturopathic Doctors, Kinesiologists, Dietitians, Psychotherapists, Fitness Trainers and more. They will work together to create your personalized comprehensive collaborative health plan to get you fast results.

Your choice of in-clinic or online

It’s your choice if you want to be treated online with TeleCARE or in-person at one of our clinics in Kitchener or Waterloo. With TeleCARE you can attend your appointment from the convenience of your computer, tablet or phone. It’s easy, effective and your first appointment is FREE.

Please call (519) 208-2273 or book online today.

We’re here for you day, evenings and weekends

CARESPACE makes achieving your health goals easy and accessible by offering extended clinic hours with day, evening, and weekend appointments. All are available both online and in-person at our clinics in Kitchener and Waterloo which are open:

  • 8AM–8PM Monday – Friday
  • 8AM–6PM Saturday – Sunday

Your first online appointment is FREE.

Please call (519) 208-2273 or book online today.

Attachment-based therapy (ABT) is a type of psychotherapy that examines an individual’s connection with important figures in childhood as well as adulthood. It works by helping individuals make connections between the dynamics from their early life and current struggles or conflicts. ABT aims to create an understanding of how those relationships may be influencing behaviors, interpretations and emotions. The therapist uses established techniques such as psychoeducation, child developmental guidance principles, talk therapy, role play, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT). By exploring the patient’s present experiences that are influenced by attachment style they can understand why they make certain choices or react to things in a certain way. Furthermore, creating a safe therapeutic atmosphere allows attachments to be reworked and reconsidered which can lead to healing emotionally.

Unlike traditional talk therapy, which emphasizes understanding one’s thoughts and feelings, Attachment-Based Therapy provides a unique advantage of focusing on strengthening the relationship between client and therapist. This collaborative process helps clients develop healthier relationships with others that are based on feelings of trust instead of fear or insecurity. Additionally, it allows clients to become more aware of the automatic reactions they have in relationships and helps them learn new skills to control their responses in the presence of triggers. Studies have found that Attachment-Based Therapy has lasting positive effects – individuals report greater positive connections with other people years after participating in this form of counseling.

Attachment-based therapy holds the potential for providing patients with lasting change, however it is important to recognize that the results are not always permanent. In many cases, clients who have engaged in Attachment-Based Therapy may still need additional or ongoing therapy to build upon the progress they have made. Establishing strong foundational relationships can bring healing and growth that works to break negative patterns of behavior and thought, but it often takes more than one treatment session to truly create lasting improvement that endures over time. It is also important to remember that each individual’s treatment experiences will vary and each client must be willing to commit to making lasting change in order to ensure they are getting the most value from their experience.

Attachment-Based Therapy can be beneficial for individuals who have difficulty forming healthy relationships and managing their feelings. It helps teach them to become more in tune with their emotions and provides deeper insight into their relationships. The approach has been praised by mental healthcare practitioners as an effective way of addressing attachment style issues that affect the quality of life. Those struggling with interpersonal traumas and insecure connections with others may find this type of therapy particularly useful in handling and resolving these underlying issues. In doing so, it removes psychological blocks that prevent them from fostering meaningful intimacy with others, whether it be family, friends or romantic partners.

Choose Your Therapist

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Josh Zettel

Certified Counsellor

Victoria North

If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, burnout, career stress, grief, having difficulties with self-regulation, self-esteem, life transitions, and relationships; Josh is here for you.
Hossein Kaji

Hossein Kaji BSc, MA, MA, RP (Qualifying), PhD


Weber North

Have you suffered from such things as anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, addiction, loneliness, or anger? As a psychotherapist interested in existential themes, Hossein has worked with clients who have experienced these issues.

Salih Ada, MA, RP (Qualifying)


Victoria North

Salih offers a safe and non-judgmental environment where clients can feel relaxed enough to share their vulnerable moments and work through their issues.

Sarah Jackson, BBA, MACP, RP (Qualifying)


Weber North

Sarah is a natural empathetic listener who focuses on the critical components of the therapeutic relationship by providing an unbiased and safe environment to explore your issues.

Joe White, MA, MACP, RP


Weber North

Joe will help you develop and implement strategies to manage your anxiety, depression, stress, relationship challenges, trauma and much more.
Courtney Johnston, BA, OCGC, MACP, RP (Qualifying)

Courtney Johnston, BA, OCGC, MACP, RP (Qualifying)

Student Therapist

Victoria North

Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, grief or loss, stress, burnout, a life transition, sexuality, or relationship issues? If so, Courtney can help.
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Cortney Van Allen, BA, MA, RP, CCC


Weber North

Cortney offers a safe and welcoming environment to feel heard without judgement and navigate mental health concerns of anxiety, depression, or other life stressors.

You're only 15-minutes away from better mental health!

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Live-answer Reception

Please call us at (519) 208-2273 to talk with our live-answer Reception Team who will be happy to book, reschedule appointments or answer any of your questions, or book online now.

Please call us at (519) 208-2273 or book online today.

  • 8AM–8PM Monday – Friday
  • 8AM–6PM Saturday – Sunday

CARESPACE Health+Wellness – Victoria North

1373 Victoria Street North, Unit 4A
Kitchener, Ontario N2B 3R6 →

CARESPACE Health+Wellness – Weber North

564 Weber Street North, Unit 12  
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 5C6 →

How TeleCARE online works

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Who should use TeleCARE?

It’s your choice. Most CARESPACE services are available both in-person at our clinic or online with TeleCARE (with the exception of acupuncture and massage). TeleCARE is convenient, easy and and highly effective.

We recommend that all new clients have a FREE no-obligation TeleCARE visit before coming to the clinic to discuss your health goals and objectives.

Meet your Practitioners

Get started today

  1. Your first appointment is FREE
  2. Meet your practitioner via Phone/Tablet/Computer
  3. Get your diagnosis and treatment
  4. Book online or call (519) 208-2273

Please call or use our easy online booking system to book your Free first appointment today!

Meet your Practitioners

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I was suffering from neck pain And numbness Dr. Shannon Webster, BA, DC Chiropractor, is helping me. Acupuncture helps me with pain, enhances my mood. She's fantastic, Dr.
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I cannot recommend Dr. Shannon Webster and Dr. Michael Torreiter enough. Both are super friendly and understanding and it has been an absolute pleasure to have met them and been treated by them.

I have been receiving treatment from Dr. Webster for a few months and I've been feeling much better. I had sever knee, shoulder and back pain. I couldn't squat or do push ups without my joints screaming at me. But now I'm not able to only do all those but also feel stronger. The most important piece is that she listened and took my history of many injuries into consideration. And as a dancer, I couldn't have asked for a better chiropractor who not only helped me feel better but also understood my needs.

I also brought my grandmother to Dr. Torreiter for her back pain for acupuncture. He was extremely kind, understanding, compassionate and everything that I could ask for. He made her feel comfortable and explained every step during each treatment. He made sure that she was well taken care of and also made other important referrals that lead to her recovery.

So far I have referred my whole family to these two wonderful individuals and everyone's experience has been equally great. Thanks to them we all are doing much better!