‘Dr Paul Holmes was Family Futures’ first child and adolescent psychiatrist and helped support its inception in a climate where attachment was not widely recognised as relevant to thinking about how to heal traumatised children. It feels appropriate, therefore, that it is Dr Holmes who has edited such a seminal trilogy about the significance of attachment theory to assessment and treatment.
The gaze, tender touch and smell of a parent eases one’s way in the world and helps us find ways to manage the stress of life. When that gaze, touch and smell is replaced by fear one’s very basic trust in the world is damaged. The implications of this are huge and infiltrate all areas of our development and our relationships with ourselves and others. The interventions to help when this instinctive bond is ruptured are still evolving as our understanding grows. This book is an excellent guide to the most up to date thinking on attachment and some of the appropriate interventions. It is refreshing and inspiring to read so many different professionals reflect on how they have integrated this thinking into their practice, and a sign of the huge strides that have been made in the last twenty years.’ - Jay Vaughan, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapist and Dramatherapist and Co-Founder of Family Futures, UK