Attachment theory posits that the need for attachment is a life-long phenomenon that becomes especially relevant in times of crisis or trauma. When adults experience illness, accidents, assaults, psychological difficulties or losses, their attachment-behavioural systems are activated, motivating them to seek help and support from family and friends and/or from helping professionals. However, the resulting request for help is affected and shaped by earlier experiences regarding the support and trustworthiness of attachment figures. Can others be trusted? Is it safe to show vulnerability? How should one behave to increase the likelihood of receiving the help needed? Adult Attachment Patterns in a Treatment Context provides an integrated introduction to the subject of adult attachment. Research into adult attachment patterns offers professional helpers a theoretically sound insight into the dynamics underlying a range of client behaviours, including some of the more puzzling and frustrating behaviours such as denying obvious pain or continually pushing the professional for more personal involvement.
Sarah Daniel shows how applying knowledge of attachment patterns to treatment settings will improve the way in which professionals engage with clients and the organization of treatments. This book will be relevant to a range of helping professionals such as psychotherapists, psychologists and social workers, both in practice and in training.
Part I: Adult Attachment Patterns and Treatment Relationships. Adult Attachment Patterns. Attachment and Treatment Relationships. Part II: Relational and Narrative Characteristics of Attachment Patterns. Secure Attachment. Avoidant Attachment. Ambivalent Attachment. Disorganized Attachment. Part III: Attachment Patterns and Treatment Practice. Assessment of Client Attachment Patterns. Adapting Treatment 'Style'. Attachment Patterns as the Focus of Treatment. Final Considerations. Appendix: The Patient Attachment Classification System.