Attachment in Therapeutic Practice

Attachment in Therapeutic Practice

by Jeremy Holmes, Arietta Slade


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473953291
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.53(h) x (d)

About the Author

Arietta Slade, Ph.D., is Clinical Professor at the Yale Child Study Center, and Professor Emerita, Clinical Psychology, The City University of New York. A theoretician, clinician, teacher, and researcher, she has written about the development of parental reflective functioning, the implications of attachment for child and adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and for infant mental health practice. She is one of the founders and co-directors of Minding the Baby®, an interdisciplinary reflective home visiting program for high-risk mothers, infants, and their families, at the Yale Child Study Center and School of Nursing. Dr. Slade is editor, with Jeremy Holmes, of the six volume set, Major Work on Attachment (SAGE Publications, 2013), with Elliot Jurist and Sharone Bergner, of Mind to Mind: Infant Research, Neuroscience, and Psychoanalysis (Other Press, 2008), and with Dennie Wolf, of Children at Play (Oxford University Press, 1994). She has also been in private practice for over thirty-five years, working with individuals of all ages.

Table of Contents

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

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