Attachment in Psychotherapy by David J. Wallin, Ph.D.
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Attachment in Psychotherapy by David J. Wallin, Ph.D.
“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.”
Daniel Goleman, PhD.
Author of Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships



“Simply the best integration of key advances in attachment theory and research and their applications to psychotherapy. 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.”
Peter Fonagy, PhD, FBA
Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis at University College London
Director, Child and Family Center, The Menninger Clinic, Topeka, KS
Author of Attachment Theory and Psychoanalysis.



“What a delight! 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. 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. The book identifies diverse theoretical and empirical advances that, in Wallin’s skillful hands, fit together beautifully, deepening our understanding of the human mind, its relational context, and its transformation in psychotherapy.”
Phillip R. Shaver, PhD
Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis
Co-editor, Handbook of Attachment



“John Bowlby would have been delighted with this book, which links the biological imperatives of attachment to the dialogues that define the self and the nature of key relationships. He would also have been delighted to see his theory articulated as a guide to psychotherapy in such an eminently readable manner. The use of attachment as this kind of guide is a rich vein that has just begun to be tapped. This book is a therapist's journey into that richness.”
Susan M. Johnson, EdD
School of Psychology, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Author of The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection



“A well-written, easy-to-read, clinically relevant, and particularly pragmatic application of recent science to a variety of clinical problems.”
Allan N. Schore, PhD
Author of Affect Regulation and the Repair of the Self



“This timely book provides an important advance in the examination of the implications of attachment theory for psychotherapy. 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.”
Jeremy D. Safran, PhD
Department of Psychology, New School for Social Research
Co- author, Negotiating the Therapeutic Alliance
Editor of Psychoanalysis and Buddhism



“This book is a remarkable achievement—a very clear, yet scholarly, synthesis of the latest developments in attachment theory, intersubjectivity, social neuroscience, and mindfulness. 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. David 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, as well as a rich resource for clinicians in training.”
Christopher K. Germer, PhD
Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School
Co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy



“This is the perfect guide for therapists who want to learn how to apply attachment concepts in psychotherapy. The author presents helpful insights which would be valuable to any practicing therapist, regardless of theoretical orientation.”
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