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Attachment in Therapeutic Practice

Attachment in Therapeutic Practice

© 2018 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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 theory
  • The key concepts of attachment theory, and their implications for practice
  • Neuroscience implications of attachment and its therapeutic relevance
  • The parallels and differences between parent-child attachment and the therapeutic relationship
  • The application of attachment in adult individual psychotherapy across a number of settings, also to couples and families
  • The applications of attachment to working with complex disorders
  • The applications of attachment in child psychotherapy
Background: Attachment Science
Attachment’s Principals and Principles
Attachment-informed Psychotherapy: Definition and Overview
Affect Regulation in Attachment and Psychotherapy
Sensitivity, Mirroring, and Play: Foundations of Attachment Security in Caregivers and Therapists
The Neuroscience of Parental Sensitivity
‘Earned Security’: Attachment and Resilience
‘Organised Insecurity’: Fostering Security through Therapeutic Conversations
‘Disorganised Insecurity’: Attachment Approaches to Complex Disorders
From Stasis to Movement: An Attachment Model of Psychotherapeutic Change
The Improbable Profession: An Attachment-Bayesian Model of Psychodynamic Change
Attachment, Mentalising, and Child Psychotherapy: Working with Parents
Attachment in Couples and Families
Attachment and Society
Selected Attachment Bibliography

Quite difficult to find books which make clear in a relatively simple way the clinical applications of the attachment theory. This book does it !

Ms Linda Morison
School of Psychology, Surrey University
November 13, 2017

A thoughtfully written text of great interest to students and professionals studying attachment theory and its application to practice. Accessibly presented with frequent and timely use of vignettes and case studies which really aid application and understanding of behaviours to practice experiences.

Ms Madeleine Burton
Institute of Health & Society, Worcester University
November 10, 2017

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