Creating the Capacity for Attachment: Treating Addictions and the Alienated Self (Paperback)Karen B. Walant (author)
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Publisher: Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 230 x 164 x 25 mm
In this scholarly, sensitive book, Karen Walant systematically examines psychodynamic paradigms for understanding development and applies her analysis to the needs and problems of substance-dependent individuals. She provocatively underscores the failure of classical psychoanalysis to attune to what shapes infantile behavior and its profound effects on adult adaptations. In its place she offers rich material from childhood observations and adult clinical encounters to present a refreshing psychoanalytic model that better explains the distress and characteristic defenses that lead to maladaptive solutions. The insight that she provides guides the reader in more successfully understanding, accessing, and modifying addictive vulnerability. -- Edward J. Khantzian, M.D., Harvard Medical School
This book provides clear, practical guidelines for the therapist to help patients restore the lost capacity for attachment. It is especially noteworthy that Dr. Walant describes how the therapist may effectively utilize the patient's participation in twelve-step programs as a part of a psychodynamic treatment approach. This is an important book that I highly recommend for clinicians at all levels of experience. -- Jeffrey Seinfeld, Ph.D., New York University School of Social Work
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