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From Theory to Therapy

Illuminated are the ways that early experiences of separation and loss can lead to a range of psychological, behavioral, and psychosomatic problems, and how these can be addressed in the context of a healing therapeutic relationship. Bridging a longstanding divide between the seminal work of John Bowlby and the concepts and methods of psychodynamic therapy, the book is richly illustrated with evocative clinical material.

Karl Heinz Brisch (Translated by Kenneth Kronenberg, Foreword by Lotte Köhler, Afterword by Inge Bretherton)


Probably the fullest account of how attachment theory may be used to guide treatment methods when dealing with attachment-related problems is that provided by Brisch (2002), based on Bowlby's (1988) suggestions, ..... Brisch emphasized the need for child therapists to provide secure, caring interactions that can facilitate the development of secure attachments; to interpret and foster emotional expression in relation to attachment issues; and to integrate these with similar concerns in relation to parents.

Michael Rutter, MD, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, United Kingdom

In: Handbook of Attachment, Second Edition,(2008) edited by Jude Cassidy & Phillip R. Shaver (chapter 29, Challenges to the Development of Attachment Relationships Faced by Young Children in Foster and Adoptive Care).


Review:I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the application of attachment theory for any client group. There is something for everyone here and much to provoke thought and further discussion. 

- Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry





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1st edition 2002, hardbound without dust jacket, 294 Pages, Size: 6" x 9"
ISBN 978-1-57230-681-3 (available in English language)

2nd edition April 2004, Paperback, 294 Pages, Size: 6" x 9"
ISBN 978-1-59385-044-9 (available in English language)

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