Attachment in Therapeutic Practice (Paperback)
  • Attachment in Therapeutic Practice (Paperback)

Attachment in Therapeutic Practice (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 05/12/2017
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This is a concise, accessible introduction to the basic principles of attachment theory, and their application to therapeutic practice. Bringing together 70 years' of theory and research, its expert authors provide a much-needed user-friendly guide to attachment-informed psychotherapy.

The book covers:

The history, research base, and key figures and concepts of attachment theoryThe key concepts of attachment theory, and their implications for practiceNeuroscience implications of attachment and its therapeutic relevanceThe parallels and differences between parent-child attachment and the therapeutic relationshipThe application of attachment in adult individual psychotherapy across a number of settings, also to couples and familiesThe applications of attachment to working with complex disordersThe applications of attachment in child psychotherapy

Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
ISBN: 9781473953291
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 242 x 170 mm

Two extraordinary clinicians with decades of research and writing on attachment worked with immense application and skill to distill what is essential in attachment theory and brought it to psychotherapeutic practice. The result is an exceptionally comprehensive and profound work of lasting value for every clinician - regardless of orientation. The book is a guide to improving the practice of the most experienced therapists at the same time as offering the friendliest and most accessible of introduction to this complex field. It is a remarkable achievement from two of the most sophisticated and respected authors on the clinical application of attachment theory. It provides a vivid picture of the process of bonding and lifelong transformation which attachment theory inspired therapy can bring. The book is for everyone who is serious about working psychotherapeutically and will not be bettered as an introduction for many many years to come
-- Peter Fonagy
Holmes and Slade have provided exactly what the mental health professions have needed-a comprehensive examination of how attachment theory informs psychotherapy that is entirely accessible to beginner therapists, but also highly informative to seasoned clinicians. This superb text deserves a place on the shelves of every psychotherapist.
-- Geln O. Gabbard, MD
This book is a ticket to journey along with Jeremy Holmes and Arietta Slade as they describe their sophisticated and creative views on attachment theory, research and the co-created space of the therapist-patient relationship. With the addition of evocative and varied clinical vignettes it's as if one is being personally invited into the consulting rooms of these two gifted clinicians to hear how they use an attachment perspective to inform their work. This book is indispensable to both the clinical apprentice and the seasoned practitioner.
-- Miriam Steele

The authors tell us 'Despite exuberance of theory, once in the consulting room, psychotherapy is a practice in search of a theory.' But we have theory! (I for instance studied first cognitive-behavioural, then systemic, then psychoanalytic theory; all are useful, what more do you want?) Also, as an attachment researcher and writer, I thought I would know the field. But this book draws together the history and cutting edges of attachment in ways that give really fresh angles on clinical experience. Learning attachment interviewing and coding, 25 years ago, added a powerful layer to my listening to patients (and to myself on the couch). Reading this book I am again shown that attachment theory and findings illuminate every other kind of clinical theory we use, and everyday life for good measure.

-- Professor Mary Target

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