Transference and Countertransference from an Attachment Perspective: A Guide to Clinical Practice

1st Edition

Una McCluskey, Michael O'Toole

September 19, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 160 Pages
ISBN 9780367340988 - CAT# K440956

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Locating the phenomenon of transference within an evolutionary perspective, this important new book develops a new form of dynamic therapy that focuses on the dynamics of attachment in adult life and will be of use to a range of mental health professionals.

Transference and Countertransference from an Attachment Perspective: A Guide to Clinical Practice explores the ways in which transferential phenomena can be located in the different aspects of the self that are instinctive, goal corrected and interrelated. At the centre of the book is the idea that when intrapersonal or interpersonal systems (aspects of the self, such as careseeking, caregiving, sharing interests, sexuality, self defence, building a home) get aroused, the behaviour that follows is only logically and meaningfully connected when the system (aspect of the self) reaches its goal. Placing this new theoretical and clinical approach within the psychoanalytic tradition, the work of developmental psychologists and the field of neuroscience, the book takes us to the heart of the clinical encounter and explores a range of issues including: trauma, the effect of early misattunements, love and hate in the therapeutic relationship, burnout in caregivers, the need for exploratory care for caregivers themselves.

Building on the therapeutic modality that emerged from the research described in McLuskey's To Be Met as a Person (2005), this book provides a valuable guide for psychologists, psychotherapists, nurses, social workers, organisational consultants, teachers, coaches, and workplace managers.


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