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Attachment Theory and Research in Clinical Work with Adults - Joseph H. Obegi

Attachment Theory and Research in Clinical Work with Adults

By: Joseph H. Obegi (Editor), Ety Berant (Editor)

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Written with the practicing psychotherapist in mind, this invaluable book presents cutting-edge knowledge on adult attachment and explores the implications for day-to-day clinical practice. Leading experts illustrate how theory and research in this dynamic area can inform assessment, case formulation, and clinical decision making. The book puts such concepts as the secure base, mentalization, and attachment styles in a new light by focusing on their utility for understanding the therapeutic relationship and processes of change. It offers recommendations for incorporating attachment ideas and tools into specific treatment approaches, with separate chapters on psychoanalytic, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and emotionally focused therapies.

"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, Director, Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, New York University, USA "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, in private practice, San Francisco, and Professor, Wright Institute, Berkeley, California, USA

Introductionp. 1
Theoretical Foundations
An Overview of Adult Attachment Theoryp. 17
The Therapist as Secure Basep. 46
Attachment, Mentalization, and Reflective Functioningp. 71
Clinical Correlates of Adult Attachment Organizationp. 94
Assessing Attachment
Using Interviews to Assess Adult Attachmentp. 121
Self-Report Measures of Adult Attachment in Clinical Practicep. 153
Attachment Styles, the Rorschach, and the Thematic Apperception Test: Using Traditional Projective Measures to Assess Aspects of Attachmentp. 181
Clinical Utility
Internal Working Models and Changep. 209
An Attachment Approach to Adult Psychotherapyp. 234
Transference and Attachmentp. 269
Attachment-Related Defensive Processesp. 293
An Attachment Perspective on Crying in Psychotherapyp. 328
Integration with Clinical Approaches
Adult Psychotherapy from the Perspectives of Attachment Theory and Psychoanalysisp. 351
An Interpersonal Approach to Attachment and Changep. 379
Attachment Theory and Emotionally Focused Therapy for Individuals and Couples: Perfect Partnersp. 410
Attachment Theory and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapyp. 434
Future Directions
Attachment-Informed Psychotherapy Research with Adultsp. 461
From Attachment Research to Clinical Practice: Getting It Togetherp. 490
Indexp. 515
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ISBN: 9781606239285
ISBN-10: 1606239287
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 529
Published: 22nd July 2010
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.75