The Role of Brief Therapy in Attachment Disorders
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The Role of Brief Therapy in Attachment Disorders provides a comprehensive summary of the range of approaches that exist within the brief therapy world, including Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, Ericksonian Therapy, Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy, Provocative Therapy, Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, and Self Relations Therapy. Historically, many of the founders of these therapies commenced their psychotherapy careers as psychodynamic or systemic therapists, and have changed their allegiance to briefer therapies, viewing these as more respectful and offering greater potential for assisting the client to change through an outcome-oriented approach.
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Most of these brief therapies operate from a principle of reframing the subjective reality of the client and providing a focus on the future as an effective way of engendering change. The therapies are discussed in the light of emerging theories of neuroscience and direct links are made to attachment disorder and the underpinning theory of object relations. A series of case studies bring these theoretical concepts into life and challenges the notion that attachment disorders can only be addressed through a prolonged psychodynamic relationship with the client. The book considers the potential for neurological repair, growth and ongoing development of the individual through the work of Schore, Gerhardt and Hart amongst others. This opportunity for repair is then linked to the latest theories on attachment disorders and the
role of the therapist in creating the optimum environment for change is considered.
With contributions and Foreword by Betty Alice Erickson
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Lisa Wake is a highly experienced and well respected psychotherapist, trainer, coach, facilitator and change management consultant. She has an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice focusing on the applied psychology of NLP. As former Chair and Vice Chair of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, Lisa has long been a proponent of the effectiveness of brief therapy and has actively campaigned for rigor of standards, ethics and research in psychotherapy.
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