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  • 8 Keys to Building Your Best Relationships

    8 Keys to Building Your Best Relationships

    by Daniel Hughes

    A revolution is under way in how we understand the nature of relationships, how we develop in those relationships, and how our brains function synergistically in connection with others. This field is known as attachment theory, and until now most of the cutting-edge insights have been written in “researcher-speak” and reserved for neurologists, psychologists, and others in the healing professions. Here veteran therapist and specialist in attachment disorders Daniel A. Hughes demystifies the research for lay people. By summarising in short, easy-to-read “keys” the theory and brain science that underpin...

  • A Practical Guide to Caring for Children and Teenagers with Attachment Difficulties

    A Practical Guide to Caring for Children and Teenagers with Attachment Difficulties

    by Chris Taylor

    This book guides childcare professionals through attachment theory and provides techniques for caring for children with attachment difficulties. It explains what attachment is, what different patterns of attachment look like in children and young people, how early attachment experiences affect their lives, and how this understanding can help childcare workers to develop therapeutic ways of caring. By understanding these issues, childcare workers are better equipped to help and support the troubled children they care for. This book shows how to promote recovery through secure base experiences in a therapeutic environment and...

  • A Safe Place for Caleb: An Interactive Book for Kids, Teens and Adults with Issues of Attachment, Grief and Loss or Early Trauma

    A Safe Place for Caleb: An Interactive Book for Kids, Teens and Adults with Issues of Attachment, Grief and Loss or Early Trauma

    by Chara, Chara and Berns

    A Safe Place for Caleb is a comprehensive and richly illustrated resource for individuals of all ages who are dealing with attachment problems. Parents, professionals, and lay people will find this book helpful in understanding and addressing attachment disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. The first half of the book is an interactive story that follows the experiences of Caleb, a young boy who relates his difficulties and frustrations in forming and sustaining healthy relationships. He learns strategies for coping with attachment issues during his journey to the Safe Tree...

  • A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder 2nd Edition

    A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder 2nd Edition

    by Colby Pearce

    This book presents a short and accessible introduction to what 'attachment' means and how to recognise attachment disorders in children. The author explains how complex problems in childhood may stem from the parent-child relationship during a child's early formative years, and later from the child's engagement with the broader social world. It explores the mindset of difficult and traumatised children and the motivations behind their apparently antisocial and defensive tendencies. A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder includes case vignettes to illustrate examples, and offers a comprehensive set of tried-and-tested...

  • Assessing Disorganized Attachment Behaviour in Children: An Evidence-Based Model for Understanding and Supporting Families

    Assessing Disorganized Attachment Behaviour in Children: An Evidence-Based Model for Understanding and Supporting Families

    by David and Yvonne Shemmings

    Assessing Disorganized Attachment Behaviour in Children lays out an evidence-based model for working with and assessing children with disorganized attachment and their adult carers: families whose extreme, erratic and disturbing behaviour can make them perplexing and frustrating to work with. The model is designed to identify key indicators and explanatory mechanisms of child maltreatment: disorganized attachment in the child, a parent's unresolved loss or trauma, disconnected and extremely insensitive parenting, and low parental mentalisation. The book also outlines ways of assessing children for disorganized attachment and carer capacity, and proposes interventions. Accessible and...

  • Attaching Through Love, Hugs and Play

    Attaching Through Love, Hugs and Play

    by Deborah D Gray

    Capturing the warmth and fun of forming close relationships with children, this book offers simple advice to parents of children who find it difficult to attach and bond -- whether following adoption, divorce or other difficult experiences. Attachment therapist Deborah D. Gray describes how to use the latest thinking on attachment in your daily parenting. She reveals sensory techniques which have proven to help children bond -- straightforward activities like keeping close eye contact or stroking a child's feet or cheeks -- and explains why routines like mealtimes and...

  • Attachment in Adulthood: Structure, Dynamics, and Change 2ed

    Attachment in Adulthood: Structure, Dynamics, and Change 2ed

    by M Mikulincer & P Shaver

    Synthesizing a vast body of empirical research and organizing it around a comprehensive conceptual model, this book is recognized as the definitive reference on adult attachment. The authors explain how what began as a theory of child development is now used to conceptualize and study nearly all aspects of social functioning across the lifespan, including mental representations of self and others, emotion regulation, personal goals and strivings, couple relationships, caregiving, sexuality, psychopathology, psychotherapy, and organizational behaviour. The origins and measurement of individual differences in adult attachment are examined, as is the question...

  • Attachment Play: How to solve children's behaviour problems with play, laughter, and connection

    Attachment Play: How to solve children's behaviour problems with play, laughter, and connection

    by Aletha j Solter

    Are you looking for a new approach to discipline? Does your child's behaviour make you feel helpless, impatient, or angry? Are you tired of power struggles? Attachment Play will help you solve discipline problems with children from birth to age twelve without using punishments or rewards. It delves beneath the surface of typical conflicts by addressing the underlying emotions that can lead to challenging behaviour. This playful and revolutionary approach to parenting will show you how to: Gain cooperation while avoiding power struggles Decrease sibling rivalry and aggressive...

  • Attachment Theory in Practice: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Individuals, Couples, and Families

    Attachment Theory in Practice: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Individuals, Couples, and Families

    by Susan M. Johnson

    Drawing on cutting-edge research on adult attachment--and providing an innovative roadmap for clinical practice--Susan M. Johnson argues that psychotherapy is most effective when it focuses on the healing power of emotional connection. The primary developer of emotionally focused therapy (EFT) for couples, Johnson now extends her attachment-based approach to individuals and families. The volume shows how EFT aligns perfectly with attachment theory as it provides proven techniques for treating anxiety, depression, and relationship problems. Each modality (individual, couple, and family therapy) is covered in paired chapters that respectively introduce key concepts...

  • Attachment-Based Psychotherapy: Helping Patients Develop Adaptive Capacities

    Attachment-Based Psychotherapy: Helping Patients Develop Adaptive Capacities

    by Peter C Costello

    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 behaviours. 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...

  • Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma

    Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma

    by Laurel Parnell

    Integrating the latest in attachment theory and research into the use of EMDR. Much has been written about trauma and neglect and the damage they do to the developing brain. But little has been written or researched about the potential to heal these attachment wounds and address the damage sustained from neglect or poor parenting in early childhood. This book presents a therapy that focuses on precisely these areas. Laurel Parnell, leader and innovator in the field of eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), offers us a way to embrace two...

  • Attachment-Focused Family Therapy

    Attachment-Focused Family Therapy

    by Dan Hughes

    Over fifty years ago, John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth's research on the developmental psychology of children formed the basic tenets of attachment theory. And for years, following these tenets, the theory's focus has been on how children develop vis-à-vis the attachments-whether secure or insecure-they form with their caregivers. In the therapy room, this has meant working with individuals one-on-one, with the therapist assuming the role of the attachment figure in order to provide a secure base for treating clients' problems that arose from troubled interpersonal relationships in childhood. Here, Daniel A. Hughes,...

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