Welcome to the first blog post for Attachment Foundation. We are so excited to see our organisation take its first step into the blogosphere!
At Attachment Foundation we believe that relationships are paramount. There is a beautiful saying in isiZulu which goes
“Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu”
Translated this means a person is a person because of people. This saying resonates with us because although we are all individuals, we exist in relation to others. Relationships are something that we will be sharing a lot of information on and in the process we trust that you will develop a deep understanding on how to connect to others in a healthy way. Before we do so, we feel it is important for us to develop a relationship with you. So allow us at Attachment Foundation to introduce ourselves.
I’m Alison Lees (on the right) and this is my colleague, Marietjie Strydom (on the left). We both currently live in Durban with our husbands and children and have worked closely together for a number of years. Marietjie is a Social Worker in private practice and has a masters degree in Play Therapy. She lived and worked in England for a number of years where she was exposed to specialised training, and gained great experience in, the field of trauma and attachment. Prior to obtaining my Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology and gaining my professional qualification as a psychologist, I worked in the adult education industry as an Education, Training and Development Practitioner. Empowering individuals through education is something that I am passionate about. Both Marietjie and I are passionate about Attachment Theory and Therapy and this, together with our past experience and love for our country, inspired us to launch an organisation that promotes attachment-based practices in South Africa and Africa.
We founded Attachment Foundation because we know that attachment-based practices can change lives for the better.
There is a wealth of research and academic literature on attachment however the everyday person might not have access to this life-changing information. Or if they are able to access the information it might be full of complex language and neurological or psychological jargon. On the other hand there is plenty of accessible information on attachment-related matters however this information is very often not based on evidence and can be misleading. Pop psychology websites offering information on movements such as “attachment parenting” might, for example, suggest that unless you are co-sleeping with your child and exclusively breastfeeding you aren’t doing a good job as a parent. We would like to offer individuals an informed and safe middle ground.
Through Attachment Foundation, we hope to provide you with current, understandable information and training on evidence-based attachment theory and practices. If you are raising children, working with children, interested in relationships, or are keen to learn more about yourself, learning about attachment theory is essential. We invite you to join us on a journey of discovery, transformation, security, and growth. Explore our website, subscribe to our blog, and follow us on Facebook. We look forward to connecting with you!
If you’re interested in learning about Attachment Theory stay tuned for our next post: Attachment 101.