Early childhood experiences play an important role in shaping the way we perceive ourselves, others and the world around us. Attachment involves the development of enduring emotional bonds between children and caregivers that occurs during childhood, and continues to have an impact throughout adult life. Trauma experienced early in life, when compounded by refugee trauma in adulthood, can give rise to significant psychological symptoms. When working with survivors of refugee trauma, consideration of an individual’s history and attachment style can provide insight into the development of trauma reactions and clinical symptoms, as well as suggest implications for treatment and recovery.
Attachment and Refugee Trauma: a case study of an Iranian man’s journey toward recovery
Emma explores these issues through the presentation of a case study of an Iranian asylum seeker who presented with symptoms of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress. The role of attachment in the development of the client’s presenting symptoms, treatment progress and the therapeutic relationship will be discussed.