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Family Attachment and Counseling Center
102 N. Chestnut St.
Chaska, MN 55318

Denise Lacher is the Family Attachment Center’s Director of Attachment Programs. Ms. Lacher has received extensive training in attachment theory, post-traumatic stress disorders, and parenting. Ms. Lacher came to the Center in 1994, and specializes in EMDR and Family Attachment Narrative Therapy. She co-authored Connecting with Kids Through Stories: Using Narratives to Facilitate Attachment in Adopted Children-Second Edition; Parenting with Stories; and First Steps for Strengthening Adoptive Families.

Ms. Lacher has presented nationally on attachment and treatment of attachment disturbances.

Additional Training
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Attachment Theory and Therapy
Play Therapy
Therapeutic Strategies for Attachment Disordered Adoptive and Foster Children
Treating Adolescent Attachment Difficulties
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing—Level I
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing—Level II
Pesso-Boyden Psychomotor Therapy
Sensory Integration
Fetal Alcohol
Dissociative Disorders
Borderline Personality Disorder
Legal and Ethical Challenges in Supervision
Child-Onset Biploar Disorder
Narrative Therapy
Brief Therapy

Presented Workshops
·         Parenting with Stories
·         Connecting with Kids through Stories
·         Family Attachment Narrative Therapy: Renewing the Mind of a Child
·         Treating Children with Attachment Difficulties
·         Attachment: It’s Basic to Life!
·         Attachment Disorder: A Comprehensive Treatment Approach for Children
·         Parents as Partners in the Treatment of Attachment Disordered Children
·         Attachment Distress in Early Childhood
·         The Effects of Foster Care and Adoption on Children
·         The Child’s Perspective: “Why I’m Behaving This Way”
·         Attachment Disorder: Diagnosis and Treatment for Children in Placement
·         Attachment and Separation
·         Cost Effective Programming for Families at Risk
·         A Comprehensive Treatment Approach for Attachment Disorder
·         Attachment Disorder and Behavior Problems in Children
·         Becoming a Love and Logic Parent
Additional Practice Information

 Service Location: Office Based

Languages Spoken: English

Practice Focus:
Young Child (0-5)
Elementary Age (6-12)
Teen (13-18)
Young Adult (Adopted person; 19+)
Adult (Adopted person)
Adult (Adoptive Parent – Individual)
Birth/First Parent/Family

Areas of Practice Strength:
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Personality Disorders
Self-Harming Behaviors
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Open Adoption
Adoption Identity
Sexual Abuse (Victim)

Treatment Modalities:
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF – CBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Neurological Reorganization (NR)
Circle of Security
Equine Assisted Therapy (EAGALA)
Play Therapy: Filial; TheraPlay
Family Attachment Narrative Therapy

updated  Spring 2021

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