Attachment-Based Psychotherapy: Helping Patients Develop Adaptive Capacities

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Our early attachment experiences with our primary caregiver influence the adult that we become. These experiences forge our patterns of communication, emotional experience, intimate relationships, and way of living in the world. If our early attachments are secure, we learn to access and communicate adaptive feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. In contrast, if our early attachment experiences are insecure, we may struggle with dysregulated, maladaptive emotions and have difficulties in our intimate relationships leading to anxiety, depression, and excessive or misdirected anger.

This book presents an attachment-based approach to therapy that addresses the limiting and detrimental effects of negative early attachment experiences. Attachment-based psychotherapy has two major components: establishing a security-engendering therapeutic relationship and helping the patient to communicate more openly and thus to access more adaptive feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.

Psychotherapists of various theoretical orientations will appreciate this book's richly detailed conceptualization of common human problems, as well as clear treatment approach for addressing these problems.

Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Attachment, Communication, and Affect: An Introduction
I. An Attachment-Based View of Development
Why Mothers Matter: The Evolution of Maternal Care
The Neural Sculpting of the Self
Attachment
Communication
Affect
II. Attachment-Based Psychotherapy
Defensive Exclusion and the Focus of Attachment-Based Therapy
Anxiety, Depression, and Maladaptive Anger
The Security-Engendering Therapeutic Relationship
Deconstructing Aloneness: Helping the Patient Access and Communicate Excluded
Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors
References
Index
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Peter C. Costello is a clinical psychologist practicing in New York City and an Associate Professor of Communication at Adelphi University, where he teaches seminars in attachment theory, interpersonal communication, and adult romantic relationships.

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This moving, wise, beautifully written book enriches our literature and provides valuable guidelines that link theory and research findings to concrete clinical practice. It is a must-read for therapists from a wide range of orientations and opens up new possibilities and new directions for even the seasoned therapist.
--Paul L. Wachtel, PhD, CUNY Distinguished Professor, Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, City College of CUNY

In this essential volume, Costello provides both students and experienced psychotherapists a concise, yet comprehensive treatise on attachment theory, showing us how to enhance and deepen our understanding of dyadic relationships and their maladaptive pathologies. Regardless of one s favored approach, readers will deepen their appreciation of the enormous contribution John Bowlby and others have made to clinical science and psychotherapeutics, which is expertly presented and translated into practical strategies for dyadic restructuring that enhance adaptive capacities.
--Jeffrey J. Magnavita, PhD, ABPP, private practice, Glastonbury, CT; Lecturer in Psychiatry, Yale University; Past President (2010), The Division of Psychotherapy of the American Psychological Association

In the first half the author focuses on describing attachment and attachment theory, and he does so exceptionally well. The book offers readers a deeper understanding of [attachment] theory, laying a foundation for conceptualizing an individual's suffering according to this framework.
--Choice

This is an excellent book, and I highly recommend it. It is thoughtful, generally well written, capacious in its review of the attachment literature and yet clinical in its focus, and includes a number of substantial and well-developed case examples. It would be an excellent addition to the reading list for clinically oriented graduate students; as a teacher of undergraduates, I found myself scribbling notes to myself in the margins for use in courses on psychopathology and personality, and in a seminar for seniors engaged in clinical work in the community.
--Joseph J. Guido, PsycCRITIQUES

This book is a jewel. Seldom has the depth and richness of modern attachment theory and science been explored with such clarity and elegance. Clinicians will find it invaluable, giving them a new understanding of their clients' emotional lives and life problems. ----Sue Johnson, Ph.D., author of Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships and Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California

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