Attachment in Psychotherapy has ratings and 36 reviews. David said: As the author of this book, I can recommend it without reservation. Seriously I. This eloquent book translates attachment theory and research into an innovative framework that grounds adult psychotherapy in the facts of. With Attachment in the Practice of Psychotherapy, David Wallin, PhD, provides the groundwork you need in attachment theory in order to answer these questions.

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Wallin not only elucidates the vast empirical literature on attachment, but also with the clarity of a natural teacher and the wisdom of a seasoned clinician makes such wxllin relevant to the complex challenges of practice. Therapists of all orientations will find help here psychorherapy fostering a sense of safety and in facilitating their clients’ emotional growth.

People are always asking me what they can read about the clinical implications of attachment work, and now I know what to tell them. This book is an amazing accomplishment. It is definitely my favorite book on this topic.

Wallin has written an extremely insightful, broadly integrative, clinically applicable, and highly engaging book. Keeping his personal and clinical experiences coherently in mind and using them as examples, he synthesizes recent literatures on attachment theory and research, mindfulness, mentalization, metacognition, nonverbal communication, intersubjectivity, and mechanisms of therapeutic change.

Attachment in Psychotherapy (Book Review)

The book moves deftly from clear analyses of contemporary theoretical issues to specific, well-described clinical techniques that can be used with particular clients; for example, those with a particular adult attachment pattern. A graduate of Harvard College who received his doctorate from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, he has been practicing, teaching, and writing about psychotherapy for nearly three decades.

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Advancing a model of treatment as transformation through relationship, the author integrates attachment theory with neuroscience, trauma studies, relational psychotherapy, and the psychology of mindfulness.

Vivid case material illustrates how therapists can tailor interventions to fit the attachment needs of their patients, thus helping them to generate the internalized secure base for which their early relationships provided no foundation.

Demonstrating the clinical uses of a focus on nonverbal interaction, the book describes powerful techniques for working with the emotional responses and bodily experiences of patient and therapist alike. Read more Read less. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers.

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Attachment in Psychotherapy by David J. Wallin

Synthesizing theory and research on attachment theory and affect regulation with recent developments in psychoanalysis, Wallin provides a rich conceptual scaffolding for understanding the role that the therapeutic relationship plays in the change process. He also provides an intriguing perspective on the potential contributions of mindfulness practice to the cultivation of a therapeutic stance.

Theoretically sophisticated and clinically enlightening, this book will be of interest to clinicians of all persuasions. Complex concepts are carefully elucidated and brilliantly illustrated with clinical examples.

This book is an important reference for all clinicians and students. It is a vital resource for those who are interested in how progress in our understanding of attachment processes may be applied in a clinical context. The author layers these ‘maps’ onto the therapy experience, and then takes the reader through the territory to emerge with a new vision of therapy.

Wallin is a trustworthy guide through the complexities of clinical work where the therapy relationship itself is the intervention. A ‘must read’ for psychotherapists who wish to remain on top of their field, and a rich resource for clinicians in training. David Wallin offers a brilliant leap in realizing the clinical promise of attachment theory, a synthesis that should be required–and will be rewarding–reading for every psychotherapist. Shaver, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of California, Davis “A well-written, easy-to-read, clinically relevant, and particularly pragmatic application of recent science to a variety of clinical problems.

Laing opened one of his less enduring works with the warning: If you practice psychotherapy and you read it, your patients stand to benefit. And, as an impressive synthesis of research and practice, it joins a handful of books that truly belong to this century rather than the previous one We can be grateful that this book has arrived. It is much more than forgivable. A good resource for experienced clinicians.

Wallin’s book provides both an introduction and an in-depth examination of attachment theory and some of the therapeutic implications arising from this seminal and unfolding theory Wallin organizes the book in an interesting and readable fashion I heartily recommend [this book].

The writing is engaging and clear, and the author takes great care to support his arguments. Further, Wallin clearly shows the capacity to think in an integrative and holistic manner. I believe most readers will find that they have a deeper understanding and appreciation for attachment theory and how psychotherapy can positively modify insecure attachment styles. I appreciate how Wallin integrates theory with clinical work; his arguments are easy to follow and deserve respect Readers can expect to stretch their thinking from reading this book; Wallin’s approach is both interesting and digestible.

Wallin’s book is well written, and provides interesting elaboration on attachment based practice while integrating concepts from a variety of fields It is highly recommended for mental health professionals. All this has changed with the publication of David Wallin’s extraordinary book…. This intellectual and clinical tour-de-force is what we have been waiting for: Wallin’s ambitious and deeply satisfying book is remarkable for a number of reasons…. Wallin is a seasoned, experienced clinician, with a deep appreciation of the complexities of both clinical work and human development.

Thus, his clinical voice, and his insights into the clinical experience both the patient’s as well as the therapist’s unify each of his forays into research, theory, and science. Indeed, it is his ability to engage all of these elements at once that makes this such a gem of a book….


This book should be essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary psychoanalysis. Few writers have the ability to write so directly and clearly about complex science and theory; his scholarship and reach are davix. This book is also a book for therapists at all levels of experience…. He creates waloin truly contemporary vision of human development, affect regulation, and relational processes, grounded in the body and in the brain, and in the fundamental relationships that make us who we are, as therapists, as patients, and as human beings.

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The only reason I give it 3 attaachment is because it needs to be attacnment to include new research, and information from Dr. Crittenden, who studied under Ainsworth as Daavid did, adds a number of new elements to attachment theory, expanding both an understanding of childhood and adult attachment and the associated issues.

For Crittenden, attachment relationship does not lead to “styles”, but rather more flexible “self protective strategies.

These strategies are expressed as “dispositional representations” where behaviors, feelings, thoughts and the like depend on the situation. She focuses attachment not around safety but around protection and comfort from danger.

She brings in numerous other theories to fill out a dafid DMM theory, including memory and information processing. Crittenden also argues that research evidence pyschotherapy not support a “disorganized” category, but rather an organized set of strategies that involve either combined or alternating A and C strategies.

Crittenden also identifies a much finer parsing of attachment strategies styles as they develop in infancy and then throughout childhood and adolescence. See for example her circumplex at patcrittenden. These finer distinctions may help significantly with attachment assessments and counseling approaches.

Is attachment transmitted across generations? Wttachment Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 15, Atatchment some ways, the differences between Crittenden and Main’s work can be difficult to parse out.

It may be the differences are not as great as some think Bowlby and Ainsworth seemed to have difficulty parsing out their respective views. See for example, S.