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"Prior to working with Dorothy Derapaelian, our 5-year-old son would ask periodically, "Do you love me?" to both myself and his father. More than words, we sensed that regardless of how much we communicated our love that he did not believe it. As a result of participating in core attachment therapy, our son has exhibited a significant reduction in anxiety and our love seems to have penetrated deeper into his being. I believe his newly found confidence in our love will ultimately enable him to foster healthy relationships with others and himself."Carla G

"We came to Dorothy when our daughter's sleep became terribly disrupted at night and her anxiety during the day led with not letting me out of her sight. Previously outgoing and fun-loving, she withdrew into tears and fears. As we stepped through this attachment process we witnessed both an opening and a bearing, of our child's heart. She had safety and love and a platform that she could rest on while she released the inward pain that haunted her. As a parent, it was both frightening and relief - flled to watch her process, but Dorothy reminded me to "just be with" my child, wherever she was. For all the time I missed in her first year of life, I lived through those days and months in the hours that were these eight weeks. As hard as it was, it was a gift, a gift from Dorothy and a gift from my daughter. The protective but dark cocoon has been shed and the beautiful butterfly, that is my daughter, has spread her wings in joy and now finds her safety in mom and dad's love." Mary F

"Dorothy Derapelian's twenty-five years working with children and families on Attachment Issues shines forth in her understanding and research on simple but innovative techniques to effectively help individuals work through and resolve Attachment-Based Trauma. Her teaching style has wit, clarity, as well as compassion for the caseload each therapist in the class is currently working with. I have been able to use the training immediately in my practice." Susan Jane Wright

"Both of us weren't sure what to expect, but this therapy has opened my eyes to what a child really needs and what a child can miss as a baby as a result of certain situations. I loved the process and I'm better for it." RW


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Dorothy Derapelian, LCMHC, M.Ed.