Restoring Mentalizing in Attachment Relationships

Restoring Mentalizing in Attachment Relationships : Treating Trauma With Plain Old Therapy

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In Restoring Mentalizing in Attachment Relationships: Treating Trauma With Plain Old Therapy, Jon G. Allen, Ph.D., argues that the incorporation of mentalizing into attachment theory and research provides a solid foundation for trauma treatment, and offers therapists and patients a pathway to recovery. In plain language accessible to clinicians and laypeople alike, Allen describes trauma in attachment relationships, reviews the literature, and makes a compelling, evidence-based argument for the efficacy of psychotherapy. Specifically, the book:  Presents a comprehensive view of attachment trauma across diverse diagnostic conditions, directly linking these to the psychotherapeutic interventions that work best. Allows therapists from different theoretical frameworks, by using these best practices, to treat patients with a wide range of problems and disorders. Situates mindfulness and mentalizing as central to secure attachment, focusing clinicians' attention on these most critical dimensions of healing relationships. Provides a thorough review of the research on attachment, mindfulness, and mentalizing, and evaluates the effectiveness of the most popular trauma treatments, thereby equipping clinicians to treat patients across the spectrum of trauma-related psychiatric disorders. Employs a down-to-earth, conversational writing style that makes the book accessible to patients and family members as well as to professionals. Trauma can be the result of blatant events, such as violence, abuse, and neglect, or the subtle yet pervasive failure to connect. Both contribute to developmental psychopathology and cause lasting emotional pain. "Plain old therapy," according to Allen, is a valuable and proven resource for addressing trauma and treating patients with complex psychiatric disorders. This fascinating and eminently useful book should help to restore psychotherapy to its well-deserved more

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  • Paperback | 325 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 544.31g
  • American Psychiatric Association Publishing
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • 10 Line drawings, unspecified; 18 Tables, unspecified
  • 1585624187
  • 9781585624188
  • 216,424

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The essence of "plain old therapy," according to Jon G. Allen, is a mindful relationship between the patient and a trusted clinician who recognizes and understands the patient's trauma and connects with the nature and magnitude of his or her suffering. In Restoring Mentalizing in Attachment Relationships: Treating Trauma With Plain Old Therapy, Allen, a clinical psychologist with widely respected expertise in trauma, makes a research-based case for the virtues of the healing relationship created and nurtured through traditional psychotherapy. Though in recent years therapy has become just one of many treatment options for posttraumatic stress disorder and other trauma-related illnesses, the author argues that it remains the best. The book provides a conceptual framework for treating trauma patients and illuminates relationship factors that are empirically associated with positive outcomes. Patients who have suffered broken and dysfunctional attachments will benefit from its emphasis on trust, compassion, and true connection. Mental health clinicians of diverse theoretical orientations -- be they psychiatrists, psychologists, or social workers, in training or practice -- will benefit from its emphasis on what works, as will their more

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This is without question the most exciting therapy book I have read in years .By sifting, sorting and synthesizing the breadth of different therapeutic approaches, Allen delivers a brilliant book about trauma written with a common touch that will leave your brain fizzing. I cannot recommend it enough. * Andrew Barley, Therapy Today April 2013 * Dr. Allen provides a valuable description of the forms of attachment, including how they manifest in child-caregiver interactions and adult relationships. * Fredric Busch, M.D., Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University Center fir Psychoanalytic Training and Research *show more

About Jon G. Allen

Jon G. Allen, Ph.D., is a Senior Staff Psychologist and holds the Helen Malsin Palley Chair in Mental Health Research at The Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas. He is Professor of Psychiatry in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Allen has authored and coauthored numerous professional articles and book chapters on trauma-related problems, psychotherapy, the therapeutic alliance, hospital treatment, and psychological more

Table of contents

About the AuthorForewordPrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroductionPART I: Attachment Trauma and Psychiatric DisordersChapter 1. Attachment, Mentalizing, and TraumaChapter 2. Posttraumatic Stress and Dissociative DisordersChapter 3. Complex Traumatic Stress DisordersPART II: Treatment and HealingChapter 4. Evidence-Based TreatmentsChapter 5. Plain Old TherapyChapter 6. Existential-Spiritual PerspectivesReferencesIndexshow more

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