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Attachment-based psychotherapy

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Attachment-based psychotherapy

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Attachment-based psychotherapy is a psychoanalytic psychotherapy that is informed by attachment theory.[1][2]

As a branch of relational psychoanalysis, attachment-based psychotherapy combines the epidemiological categories of attachment theory (including the identification of the attachment styles secure, anxious, avoidant, ambivalent and disorganised/disoriented) with an analysis and understanding of how dysfunctional attachments get represented in the human inner world and subsequently re-enacted in adult life. Ongoing clinical developments are discussed in the journals: Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, Karnac Books: London (journal of the Centre for Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, London) and Attachment and Human Development, Brunner-Routledge: London & New York (journal of the International Attachment Network).

See also


  1. ^ Slade, A. (1999) Attachment Theory and Research: Implications for the theory and practice of individual psychotherapy with adults. Handbook of Attachment: Theory, Research and Clinical Applications eds Cassidy, J. & Shaver, P. (1999) Guilford Press: New York and London. pp. 575–594
  2. ^ Special Issue: Attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Attachment & Human Development, 6, June 2004, pp. 113–207. doi:10.1080/14616730410001695358

External links

  • John Bowlby Centre, UKCP registered

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