Shame and Attachment Loss: the Practical Work of Reparative Therapy

Shame and Attachment Loss: the Practical Work of Reparative Therapy


By (author) Joseph J Nicolosi, Foreword by H Newton Maloney, Foreword by Robert Perloff

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  • Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press,US
  • Format: Paperback | 474 pages
  • Dimensions: 224mm x 232mm x 12mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Illinois
  • ISBN 10: 0830828990
  • ISBN 13: 9780830828999
  • Sales rank: 270,758

Product description

Bringing together a Judeo-Christian anthropology with biological and psychodynamic theories of human development and sexuality, psychologist Joseph Nicolosi details the therapeutic techniques of reparative therapy he has developed over the past twenty years. Written in three parts, the book first describes the nature of the psychodynamics of same-sex attraction as understood in the reparative therapy approach. The second part describes the various phases of treatment. The final part deals with walking clients through the process of grieving and the healing of their wounding. Endorsed by numerous notable leaders in psychotherapy, Nicolosi offers practical guidance for counselors and therapists who want to offer reparative therapy to those seeking change.

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"I would like to take this opportunity to recommend to you the publication of this important volume by Dr. Joseph Nicolosi. Having served in the education and training of therapists for many years, I commend his work for the following reasons. First, although reparative therapy has been maligned by some in Division 12 (Clinical) of the American Psychological Association, it has not been rejected as a therapeutic modality for those seeking to change their sexual orientation, especially Christians or other religious or morally motivated persons. "Second, while there is currently a strong emphasis on empirically validated treatment modalities, all approaches initially began as theories which were clinically applied long before they were subjected to controlled clinical studies. Reparative therapy as described in Nicolosi's volume is one such modality. Empirical validation will be the next step in its development but it should not be discounted merely for being at this stage in its development. "Third, reparative therapy, as detailed by Nicolosi, is not presented as a therapeutic cure-all nor is it presented as a model that explains each and every incidence of homosexuality. Reparative therapy is offered as a hopeful remedy grounded in one environmentally significant determinant--namely, family interaction. It is also offered as an option for religiously motivated persons who are seeking some alternative to the view that they cannot change. In summary, Nicolosi is making room for the social-environmental hypothesis. His theories are a significant upgrading of the classic psychoanalytic model, one that accords well with classical Judeo-Christian teachings. Although in our current atmosphere there may be some risk in the publication of this book, I welcome Nicolosi's bold and valuable contribution to psychotherapy in the hope that it would influence the field to become more balanced in its approach."--H. Newton Malony, Ph.D., senior professor, Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary