Attachment-Based Psychotherapy: Helping Patients Develop Adaptive Capacities

Attachment-Based Psychotherapy: Helping Patients Develop Adaptive Capacities

by Peter C. Costello PhD

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Our early attachment experiences with our primary caregiver influence the adult that we become. This book presents an attachment-based approach to therapy that addresses the limiting and detrimental effects of negative early attachment experiences.

Attachment-based psychotherapy has two major components: establishing a security-engendering therapeutic relationship and helping the patient to communicate more openly and thus to access more adaptive feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Psychotherapists of various theoretical orientations will appreciate this book’s richly detailed conceptualization of common human problems and its clear treatment approach for addressing these problems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433813023
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 05/15/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 269
Sales rank: 870,168
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Peter C. Costello, PhD, is a clinical psychologist practicing in New York City, working with individuals and couples, and an associate professor of communication at Adelphi University, where he teaches seminars in attachment theory, interpersonal communication, and adult romantic relationships. He previously served in multiple roles as a dean and an associate provost at Adelphi.
He is a graduate of Swarthmore College and hold two doctoral degrees: one in clinical psychology from The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York (City College) and another in communication from New York University. His work combines both fields.
Dr. Costello completed his clinical training at The New York State Psychiatric Institute and at the New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. In addition to attachment theory, his current interests include an integrative approach to psychotherapy, and in recent years he has co-chaired two international conferences sponsored by the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration.
He also serves on the editorial board of the newly launched journal of the Unified Psychotherapy Project.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Chapter 1 Attachment, Communication, and Affect: An Introduction 3

I An Attachment-Based View of Development 17

Chapter 2 Why Mothers Matter: The Evolution of Maternal Care 19

Chapter 3 The Neural Sculpting of the Self 43

Chapter 4 Attachment 69

Chapter 5 Communication 87

Chapter 6 Affect 107

II Attachment-Based Psychotherapy 123

Chapter 7 Defensive Exclusion and the Focus of Attachment-Based Therapy 125

Chapter 8 Anxiety, Depression, and Maladaptive Anger 149

Chapter 9 The Security-Engendering Therapeutic Relationship 175

Chapter 10 Deconstructing Aloneness: Helping the Patient Access and Communicate Excluded Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors 189

References 221

Index 259

About the Author 269

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