The theory and practice of attachment repair
Reviews of books, videos and other material explaining Attachment Theory and Repair
Levine, Amir and “Rachel Heller”. Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find—and Keep—Love. TarcherPerigee, 2010
Brown, Daniel P. and and ‘David S.’ Elliott. Attachment Disturbances in Adults: Treatment for Comprehensive Repair. Norton, 2016
It is not short (30 hours listening time on Audible) but is more manageable if you consider it as three books in one.
Parts 1 & 2 pull together just about everything we know about attachment theory, including new developments!. I thought I was pretty well read on the subject, but I learned a lot.
Part 3 is about repair, and starts with an extremely useful survey of modalities (including AEDP) that address attachment repair, and how they do it. Each modality is explained clearly. Then the authors introduce their own intervention called the Ideal Parent Figure (IPF), a sequence of portrayals which is very precisely designed to facilitate repair. What is most impressive is the hard evidence that this works from AAI measurements before and after.
Part 4 takes in turn each insecurely attached subgroup, and describes what they need from the therapist to gain security. Although this illustrated using the IPF, it can be used within any relational therapy. The book ends with a detailed case history of an extremely disturbed woman, after a dismally failed trauma therapy. Through applying these principles she was able to score “secure” in the AAI and show good evidence of being healed from all her mental illness.
“This is an extraordinary achievement. The must-have book on attachment, it includes everything you need to know about attachment, and then some―history, research, typology AND treatment! Richly comprehensive, precise, and wise, it is honed by real clinical experience, with step-by-step treatment protocols tailored to each attachment classification. This book should be required reading for all graduate students in clinical programs, be they clinical psychology, psychiatry, counseling, or social work. It should be a sine qua non for all attachment researchers. It is a book that any clinician who works with trauma and attachment disturbances―which means all clinicians, for attachment disturbances underlie most major syndromes―should have and master.”
Crittenden, Patricia McKinsey and Andrea Landini. Assessing Adult Attachment: A Dynamic-Maturational Approach to Discourse Analysis. Norton, 2011
Eppel, Alan B.. Sweet Sorrow: Love, Loss and Attachment in Human Life. Karnac, 2009
Parnell, Laurel and Elena Felder, Holly Prichard, Prabha Milstein and Nancy Ewing. Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma. Norton, 2013
Mooney, Carol Garhart. Theories of Attachment: An Introduction to Bowlby, Ainsworth, Gerber, Brazelton, Kennell, and Klaus. Redleaf, 2008
Wallin, David J. Attachment in Psychotherapy. Guilford, 2007