Stacey Mak, LCSW specializes in the treatment of children who have been diagnosed with Complex Trauma, Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Bipolar Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or a combination of the above. Offering support, information, and therapy for families who have experienced complex trauma, relational trauma, attachment disorders, bonding issues, behavioral challenges, difficulties for adoptive and foster families, as well as assessment and diagnosis. Serving children and families in North Florida, Jacksonville, and the surrounding areas.
What are attachment disorders?
These issues are caused in the first 3 years of life, characterized by difficulty forming loving and lasting relationships.
Children with attachment issues can exhibit a variety of symptoms and behaviors, usually anxious and self-protective in nature, that can include:
Lack of eye contact
Indiscriminately affectionate with strangers
Difficulty showing affection to family members
Destructive to self, others and material things
Lying about the obvious
Poor impulse control
Lack of cause and effect thinking
Poor conscious development
Poor peer relationships
Inappropriately demanding and clingy
Triangulation of adults
Presumptive entitlement issues
Many of these children have been adopted by loving parents, who are providing a tremendous amount of love and support to their child, but the behaviors persist and a connection seems superficial. Despite these occurrences, a child wants to bond and be loved by the family, but has a difficult time letting down their defense mechanisms due to past trauma. In many cases, this can result in trauma to the parental unit as well. Your family CAN heal! These children are capable of a loving, reciprocal relationship with the proper treatment.