It’s also surprisingly important for therapists to understand that their own attachment style can have a big influence on patient relationships. Attachment styles and relationships aren’t limited to just romantic relationship. Every relationship will show the effects of your attachment style, even the patient/therapist relationship. And the success of that relationship may revolve around the compatibility of those styles.
For example, a therapist that has an avoidant style will often have trouble forming the kind of bonds required in therapeutic relationships, instead focusing on thoughts and intellectual matters rather than feelings. In some cases, this could even be good! But more often, it prevents effective therapy.
Most therapists undergo therapy themselves to gain a better understanding of their own style. More important, you can learn how to shift your styles to work most effectively with the individual client in front of you.
Understanding relationship attachment styles gives you a diagnostic edge, but it also provides a kind of detachment that is useful in therapy. If you understand the templates for attachment styles in psychology, you’re able to look at it more objectively.