Adult Attachment and Couple Psychotherapy: The 'Secure Base' in Practice and Research

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2000-12-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Attachment theory has triggered an explosion of research into family relationships, and provided a conceptual basis for the work of practitioners. Adult Attachment and Couple Psychotherapy brings research and practice perspectives to bear on the adult couple relationship, and provides a framework for assessing and working with secure and insecure partnerships. Divided into three parts, the book: Looks at what is meant by secure and insecure attachment in the couple; Describes how theory and research have been applied to practice, and how practice has added to the understanding of the complex problems that couples bring to therapy; Examines the significance of training and the organization of work for effective practice with couples. Using vivid illustrations from clinical and community work, Adult Attachment and Couple Psychotherapy offers stimulating reading for all those involved in this field who wish to re-assess their models of practice.

Table of Contents

Notes on the contributors ix
Foreword xiii
Jeremy Holmes
Acknowledgements xxi
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1(12)
Christopher Clulow
PART I Conceptualising the couple in attachment terms 13(70)
Patterns of relating in the couple
James Fisher
Lisa Crandell
Attachment security in adult partnerships
Judith Crowell
Dominique Treboux
Insecure attachment and abusive intimate relationships
Kim Bartholomew
Antonia Henderson
Donald Dutton
A couple perspective on the transmission of attachment patterns
Philip Cowan
Carolyn Pape Cowan
PART II Applications to couple psychotherapy 83(88)
Attachment theory and the therapeutic frame
Christopher Clulow
Working with intangible loss
Christopher Clulow
Jenny Riddell
Avi Shmueli
Clinical reflections on unresolved and unclassifiable states of mind
Christopher Vincent
Attachment, narcissism and the violent couple
Christopher Clulow
Traumatic loss and the couple
Lynne Cudmore
Dorothy Judd
PART III A secure base for practice 171(31)
Training partnerships: safe haven or secure base?
Felicia Olney
Security and creativity at work
Anton Obholzer
The sense of connection
Christopher Clulow
Appendix 1 202(6)
Appendix 2 208(1)
Bibliography 209(13)
Index 222

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