Attachment, Intimacy, Autonomy: Using Attachment Theory in Adult Psychotherapy Paperback – 1 Dec 1996
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Holmes not only gives clinicians a fundamental understanding of attachment theory but demonstrates its applicability to everyday practice concerns. By describing the characteristics of avoidant and ambivalent attachment, he helps therapists understand more fully the difficulties that patients have in achieving, maintaining, and thriving within a secure base.--Karen B. Walant
Jeremy Holmes is the most significant contemporary theorist currently using attachment theory as a basis for psychotherapeutic practice. In this book he develops and amplifies Bowlby's original ideas by linking them to current work in child development and psychotherapy. In a crucial distinction, he shows that attachment and intimacy refer to different forms of relating which are developmentally connected, the form of attachment shaping the later style of intimate behavior. This maturation is related to the capacity for narrative.--Russell Meares
Attachment theory has finally come into its own in the clinical setting. The conceptual framework provided by Bowlby, Ainsworth, and their successors has wide psychotherapeutic applications that are brilliantly described in this impressive work by Jeremy Holmes. Much that is chaotic in the clinical setting becomes clear and understandable when the principles of attachment theory are brought to bear. To the reader's great good fortune, Holmes's prose style is a model of clarity so that abstruse concepts are effortlessly grasped by the reader and the author's humanity shines through.--Glen O. Gabbard
About the Author
Jeremy Holmes, MD, MRCP, FRCPsych, is currently a senior clinical lecturer at Bristol University Medical School. Dr. Holmes lectures widely in the UK and internationally, and has published seven books and over sixty papers on psychotherapy.
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ho set up the research focused on women and babies/children.
By 2017 JH is in his later years has said he is moving on to other interests - perhaps detaching himself from a lifelong attachment to attachment theory is itself a stage of maturation? This book is dedicated to 'the grandchildren' - his wife and her first husband had four children one of whom sadly died. Jeremy had four children by his first marriage and one by his second wife 'Ros' Joshua Holmes has been handed the baton and is training as a child and adolescent therapist leaving Jeremy to move into other directions including 'grandparenting'. So perhaps there are more books in the pipeline referring to 'grand parenting' of older children. Not an uncommon situation but not given as much attention as the heavy focus on early years child rearing.
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