Attachment Theory and Research in Clinical Work with Adults / Edition 1

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What is adult attachment theory? How can its ideas and supporting research inform day-to-day clinical work? How does it complement existing therapeutic approaches? Written with the practicing psychotherapist in mind, this book describes how an attachment framework can help practitioners of any orientation better understand and treat their patients. Leading clinicians and researchers draw on their extensive experience to offer practical recommendations for enhancing assessment, case formulation, and clinical decision making.
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Editorial Reviews

Family Journal

"A comprehensive text that offers clinicians the concepts and information necessary to conceptualize their adult clients through the lens of attachment theory. Coeditors Joseph H. Obegi and Ety Berant have compiled 19 chapters that provide readers with informative ideas on how to effectively understand their adult clients, as well as offer suggestions on how to impart meaningful treatment to clientele by considering client attachment styles. Each informative chapter is written by experienced clinicians who not only explain research and ideas efficiently but also provide clinical examples to better illustrate the concepts introduced in the chapter....Throughout this entire book, readers are constantly reminded of how valuable knowledge in the area of attachment is to clinicians and their clients. The ideas, research, and concepts presented can be used by any practitioner to enhance their understanding of clients through the framework of attachment. In addition, the information learned through reading this book can be used as a tool for effectively working through presenting problems that may be at an impasse due to attachment-related issues. All of the ideas in this book are centered on effective client care, have support in research, and are illustrated with clear and specific case examples. Perhaps one of the most valuable assets of this book is that nearly every chapter ends with a section that offers clinical case examples experienced by the contributing authors. Nearly all chapters have a specific therapeutic example or case dialogue that clearly describes the ideas in the chapter so that readers can visualize how the concept may be presented in the therapeutic setting or how the attachment-related techniques look in action....The coeditors of this text have done a wonderful job in overseeing the collaboration of the many clinicians that have a voice in the book. This is an excellent text and resource to add to the clinical library of any clinician, educator, and student."--Family Journal
Journal of Psychological Medicine

"Provides a sophisticated and comprehensive review of attachment research and practice as it applies to a wide range of areas. The book is unique in that it addresses domains that have not been attended to in other similar volumes, including psychodynamic aspects of attachment in transference and deference, and the application of attachment theory to interpersonal therapy, and application of attachment theory to cognitive behavioural therapy. The chapters provide a nice integration of theoretical concepts, practice applications through case illustrations, and current research to support it. The book would appeal to experienced clinicians, academics, and researchers....The book maintains high standards of scholarship and clinical complexity throughout, and is highly recommended."--Journal of Psychological Medicine
From the Publisher

"This book opens up the 'black box' of attachment study for practicing clinicians of all stripes. Grounded in cutting-edge research, and rich in clinical material, the volume both anchors the reader in the core elements of attachment theory and research and brings alive the multiple and diverse implications of this work for the therapeutic enterprise."--Arietta Slade, PhD, Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, City University of New York

"One does not often apply the term 'page turner' to a professional volume, but I literally couldn't put this book down. Every chapter includes explicit, practical, and thoughtful strategies for formulating and intervening from an attachment framework. I've already been thinking about how to incorporate these ideas into my teaching and clinical work!"--Hanna Levenson, PhD, private practice, San Francisco, and Professor, Wright Institute, Berkeley, California

"This comprehensive volume stands as the state-of-the-art guide to the clinical applications of attachment theory. Psychologists and other mental health professionals practicing assessment, evaluation, and the full range of contemporary approaches to psychotherapy will repeatedly turn to this well-organized work. Obegi and Berant have brought together the leading experts in each area of practice and scholarship. At a time when psychotherapists are concerned about establishing meaningful links with empirical research, this impressive book is especially necessary."--Lewis Aron, PhD, Director, Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, New York University

American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry Forum

"Very interesting and relevant, certainly to psychoanalysts, not least because it does focus, comprehensively and in depth, on the role of attachment theory in working with adults who have Axis II pathology, particularly in the areas of narcissistic pathology."--American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry Forum
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593859985
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 529
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph H. Obegi, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Davis, California. Previously a lecturer at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego, he taught courses in psychotherapy, chemical dependency, and professional ethics. Dr. Obegi’s recent research has focused on attachment to therapists and the validity of adult attachment scales in clinical populations.
Ety Berant, PhD, is on the faculty of the Department of Psychology at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel, and has served as the chairperson of the graduate clinical track. She is also a senior clinical psychologist and has practiced and supervised psychotherapy and personality assessment for nearly two decades. Dr. Berant is the chairperson of the Israeli Rorschach Society. Her research interests include attachment styles in adulthood, personality assessment, and therapeutic processes.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction Joseph H. Obegi Obegi, Joseph H. Ety Berant Berant, Ety 1

Pt. I Theoretical Foundations

2 An Overview of Adult Attachment Theory Phillip R. Shaver Shaver, Phillip R. Mario Mikulincer Mikulincer, Mario 17

3 The Therapist as Secure Base Barry A. Farber Farber, Barry A. Jesse A. Metzger Metzger, Jesse A. 46

4 Attachment, Mentalization, and Reflective Functioning Elliot L. Jurist Jurist, Elliot L. Kevin B. Meehan Meehan, Kevin B. 71

5 Clinical Correlates of Adult Attachment Organization Frederick G. Lopez Lopez, Frederick G. 94

Pt. II Assessing Attachment

6 Using Interviews to Assess Adult Attachment Kenneth N. Levy Levy, Kenneth N. Kristen M. Kelly Kelly, Kristen M. 121

7 Self-Report Measures of Adult Attachment in Clinical Practice R. Chris Fraley Fraley, R. Chris Robert L. Phillips Phillips, Robert L. 153

8 Attachment Styles, the Rorschach, and the Thematic Apperception Test: Using Traditional Projective Measures to Assess Aspects of Attachment Ety Berant Berant, Ety 181

Pt. III Clinical Utility

9 Internal Working Models and Change Rebecca J. Cobb Cobb, Rebecca J. Joanne Davila Davila, Joanne 209

10 An Attachment Approach to Adult Psychotherapy Brent Mallinckrodt Mallinckrodt, Brent Katherine Daly Daly, Katherine Chia-Chih D. C. Wang Wang, Chia-Chih D. C. 234

11 Transference and Attachment Rami Tolmacz Tolmacz, Rami 269

12 Attachment-Related Defensive Processes Mario Mikulincer Mikulincer, Mario Phillip R. Shaver Shaver, Phillip R. Jude Cassidy Cassidy, Jude Ety Berant Berant, Ety 293

13 An Attachment Perspective on Crying in Psychotherapy Judith Kay Nelson Nelson, Judith Kay 328

Pt. IV Integration with Clinical Approaches

14 AdultPsychotherapy from the Perspectives of Attachment Theory and Psychoanalysis Morris Eagle Eagle, Morris David L. Wolitzky Wolitzky, David L. 351

15 An Interpersonal Approach to Attachment and Change Paul Florsheim Florsheim, Paul Laura McArthur McArthur, Laura 379

16 Attachment Theory and Emotionally Focused Therapy for Individuals and Couples: Perfect Partners Susan M. Johnson Johnson, Susan M. 410

17 Attachment Theory and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Carolina McBride McBride, Carolina Leslie Atkinson Atkinson, Leslie 434

Pt. V Future Directions

18 Attachment-Informed Psychotherapy Research with Adults Ety Berant Berant, Ety Joseph H. Obegi Obegi, Joseph H. 461

19 From Attachment Research to Clinical Practice: Getting It Together Jeremy Holmes Holmes, Jeremy 490

Index 515

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