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Attachment in Psychotherapy
     

Attachment in Psychotherapy

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by David J. Wallin
 

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This eloquent book translates attachment theory and research into an innovative framework that grounds adult psychotherapy in the facts of childhood development. Advancing a model of treatment as transformation through relationship, the author integrates attachment theory with neuroscience, trauma studies, relational psychotherapy, and the psychology of mindfulness.

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This eloquent book translates attachment theory and research into an innovative framework that grounds adult psychotherapy in the facts of childhood development. Advancing a model of treatment as transformation through relationship, the author integrates attachment theory with neuroscience, trauma studies, relational psychotherapy, and the psychology of mindfulness. Vivid case material illustrates how therapists can tailor interventions to fit the attachment needs of their patients, thus helping them to generate the internalized secure base for which their early relationships provided no foundation. Demonstrating the clinical uses of a focus on nonverbal interaction, the book describes powerful techniques for working with the emotional responses and bodily experiences of patient and therapist alike.

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Psychotherapy

“Despite widespread interest, how to really think about attachment in the clinical situation remained--for all intents and purposes--fairly obscure….All this has changed with the publication of David Wallin's extraordinary book….This intellectual and clinical tour-de-force is what we have been waiting for: a book that is on the one hand a coherent, creative, thoughtful, and remarkably integrated view of contemporary psychoanalysis, with attachment, and attachment processes, at its core, and on the other a reflection on our daily, complex, work with patients. Wallin's ambitious and deeply satisfying book is remarkable for a number of reasons….Wallin is a seasoned, experienced clinician, with a deep appreciation of the complexities of both clinical work and human development. Thus, his clinical voice, and his insights into the clinical experience (both the patient's as well as the therapist's) unify each of his forays into research, theory, and science. Indeed, it is his ability to engage all of these elements at once that makes this such a gem of a book….This book should be essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary psychoanalysis. Few writers have the ability to write so directly and clearly about complex science and theory; his scholarship and reach are extraordinary. This book is also a book for therapists at all levels of experience….He creates a truly contemporary vision of human development, affect regulation, and relational processes, grounded in the body and in the brain, and in the fundamental relationships that make us who we are, as therapists, as patients, and as human beings.”
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, PsyD (Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book describes how attachment concepts can be applied with adults in psychotherapy, providing treatment recommendations and instructive case vignettes.
Purpose: The author states, "Drawing on neurobiology, cognitive science, trauma studies, and Buddhist psychology as well as attachment theory and relational psychoanalysis, I aim to convey how therapists can make practical use of three key findings of attachment research. Accordingly, I focus on the therapeutic relationship as a developmental crucible, the centrality of the nonverbal dimension, and the transformative influence of reflection and mindfulness."
Audience: The book is intended for all psychotherapists who treat adults, including clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and clinical social workers. Students and residents also will find it informative. The author is a clinical psychologist in private practice who has been practicing, teaching, and writing for almost three decades.
Features: A review of attachment theory and some of the historical figures who developed the concepts (Bowlby, Ainsworth, Main, and Fonagy, etc.) begins the book. The author focuses on three main findings of attachment research: co-created relationships of attachment are the key context for development; preverbal experience makes up the core of the developing self; and stance of the self toward experience predicts attachment security better than the facts of personal history themselves. The book is well written with nice case vignettes and discussion with three types of clients (the dismissing patient, the preoccupied patient, the unresolved patient). However, it is not the easiest book to read. Figures and/or tables would have helped to elucidate the material a little better.
Assessment: This is the perfect guide for therapists who want to learn how to apply attachment concepts in psychotherapy. The author presents helpful insights which would be valuable to any practicing therapist, regardless of theoretical orientation. Obviously, therapists who hold to a psychodynamic approach would be able to gain even more. Although not easy reading, it is well worth the effort.
British Journal of Psychiatry

"R.D. Laing opened one of his less enduring works with the warning: 'Few books today are forgivable.' Well, here's one to celebrate. If you practice psychotherapy and you read it, your patients stand to benefit. And, as an impressive synthesis of research and practice, it joins a handful of books that truly belong to this century rather than the previous one....We can be grateful that this book has arrived. It is much more than forgivable. It seems indispensable."
Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

"Takes on the huge task of integrating many aspects of contemporary research theory with clinical practice....A good resource for experienced clinicians."
Clinical Social Work Review

"Wallin presents a thorough and research-based explanation of how attachment theory can explain change and growth within psychotherapy and, importantly, how counselors can use attachment theory to guide practice decisions....Wallin's book provides both an introduction and an in-depth examination of attachment theory and some of the therapeutic implications arising from this seminal and unfolding theory....Wallin organizes the book in an interesting and readable fashion....I heartily recommend [this book]. The writing is engaging and clear, and the author takes great care to support his arguments. Further, Wallin clearly shows the capacity to think in an integrative and holistic manner. I believe most readers will find that they have a deeper understanding and appreciation for attachment theory and how psychotherapy can positively modify insecure attachment styles. I appreciate how Wallin integrates theory with clinical work; his arguments are easy to follow and deserve respect....Readers can expect to stretch their thinking from reading this book; Wallin's approach is both interesting and digestible."
Psychoanalytic Social Work

"Wallin nicely links attachment theory to other conceptual, spiritual, and clinical arenas, and illustrates complex concepts with relevant vignettes....Wallin's book is well written, and provides interesting elaboration on attachment based practice while integrating concepts from a variety of fields....It is highly recommended for mental health professionals."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606237472
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
03/06/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
366
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

David J. Wallin, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Mill Valley and Albany, California. He has been practicing, teaching, and writing about psychotherapy for nearly three decades. Dr. Wallin is the coauthor (with Stephen Goldbart) of Mapping the Terrain of the Heart: Passion, Tenderness, and the Capacity to Love.

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Attachment in Psychotherapy 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
rachel_levy More than 1 year ago
I know of no better book to acquaint one with the research and theory under the banner of attachment theory. Extraordinarily useful both for understanding oneself and for understanding how psychotherapy works. Can't recommend this too highly.
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