Exploring in Security: Towards an Attachment-Informed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Author(s) : Jeremy Holmes

Exploring in Security: Towards an Attachment-Informed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2009
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 216
  • Category :
    Attachment Theory
  • Category 2 :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 29135
  • ISBN 13 : 9780415554152
  • ISBN 10 : 0415554152
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This book builds a key clinical bridge between attachment theory and psychoanalysis, deploying Holmes' unique capacity to weld empirical evidence, psychoanalytic theory and consulting room experience into a coherent and convincing whole. Starting from the theory/practice gap in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, the book demonstrates how attachment theory can help practitioners better understand what they intuitively do in the consulting room, how this benefits clients, and informs evidence-based practice.

Divided into two sections, theory and practice, Exploring in Security discusses the concept of mentalising and considers three components of effective therapy the therapeutic relationship, meaning making and change promotion from both attachment and psychoanalytic perspectives.

The second part of the book applies attachment theory to a number of clinical situations including: working with borderline clients; suicide and deliberate self-harm; sex and sexuality; dreams; ending therapy.

Throughout the book theoretical discussion is vividly illustrated with clinical material, personal experience and examples from literature and film, making this an accessible yet authoritative text for psychotherapy practitioners at all levels, including psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, mental health nurses and counsellors.

About the Author(s)

Professor Jeremy Holmes is co-lead of the psychoanalytic stream of the University of Exeter Masters programme in psychological therapies, and the Psychodynamic Professional Qualification course 2002-2009. He has written extensively and lectures nationally and internationally. He also has a part-time private psychotherapy practice.

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paul richardson on 23/11/2009 10:16:57

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Another great book from Holmes! Somehow he manages to cut through all the jargon that surrounds psychoanalytic writings and be crystal clear. The book centres around the concept of mentalising which is a concept I have been struggling with for ages, but in Holmes' hands begins to make sense. He then produces a magnificent defense of psychoanalysis as a valid form of therapy in our CBT-dominated world, and applies his ideas to the kinds of clients one meets in the consulting room -- people with sexual difficulties, borderline personalities and the suicidal. Oh, and lots of good illustrations from literature and film too , something I particularly respond to.

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