4 Attachment Styles and Self Love With Julie Menanno MA

The Power of Peacefulness and Stress Relief With Dr Sharon McLaughlin

Feb 13 2024 • 25 mins

Julie Menanno MA is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Relationship Coach.

Julie's Journey into Couples Therapy:

  • Julie shares her motivation for entering couples therapy, rooted in her desire to be a better parent.
  • Growing up in a home with emotional challenges, she aimed to create a happy family to heal her own wounds.
  • Initially overwhelmed as a parent, Julie read parenting books but found contradictory information.
  • Decided to return to grad school to understand psychology and inadvertently discovered attachment theory.
  • Despite initial reluctance, Julie fell in love with couples therapy, finding it intellectually stimulating and emotionally fulfilling.

Attachment Theory and Styles:

  • Julie discusses the four attachment styles: anxious, avoidant, disorganized, and secure.
  • Anxious attachment individuals seek emotional predictability due to inconsistent responses in childhood.
  • Avoidant attachment individuals, from emotionally impoverished environments, suppress emotions and struggle with emotional intimacy.
  • Disorganized attachment is a blend of anxious, avoidant, trauma, and unpredictability.
  • Secure attachment is the ideal, balancing head and heart, enabling emotional fulfillment and healthy relationship dynamics.

Passion for Couples Therapy:

  • Julie emphasizes the authenticity in close relationships, allowing therapists to connect with clients at a deep level.
  • Couples therapy provides an opportunity to build a strong alliance and transfer emotional support skills to partners.
  • The intellectual stimulation and emotional engagement in couples therapy make it fulfilling work for Julie.

Discussing Julie's Book - "Secure Love":

  • Host acknowledges Julie's passion for her career and introduces her book, "Secure Love."
  • Julie shares her realization during the COVID period that the world needed access to the information she provides in therapy.
  • The book delves into attachment theory, childhood influences, negative communication cycles, and ways to interrupt, prevent, and repair these cycles.
  • Julie also addresses extenuating circumstances like trauma, sex, mental illness, and provides practical scripts for effective communication.

Learn more about Julie Menanno MA


Julies book-https://amzn.to/49txbTH


Dr. Sharon McLaughlin, a physician and virtual speaker, specializes in addressing topics such as confidence, communication, and career development.

As the visionary behind the Female Physician Entrepreneurs Network and Business Program, she dedicates herself to empowering women.

Her mission involves assisting female physicians in transforming their innovative ideas into lucrative businesses, providing them with the freedom to lead fulfilling lives on their terms.

Her latest book, Thriving After Burnout, is a compilation of stories from women physicians who share tips and strategies on what helped them during burnout.

Thriving After Burnout

⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Thriving After Burnout: A Compilation of Real Stories and Strategies to Reduce Female Physician Burnout⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

Our Business program

For women physicians

Her website

You can reach her at

  • sharon@sharonmclaughlinmd.com

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