Attachment Repair

The theory and practice of attachment repair
Reviews of books, videos and other material explaining Attachment Theory and Repair

“Introduction to Attachment” talk on May 10, 2018

Popular Level Resources on Attachment Theory


Levine, Amir and Rachel Heller. Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find—and Keep—Love. TarcherPerigee, 2010

  • A popular introduction to Adult attachment theory and its application to success or failure in relationships.

Academic Books


Crittenden, Patricia McKinsey and Andrea Landini. Assessing Adult Attachment: A Dynamic-Maturational Approach to Discourse Analysis. Norton, 2011

  • The first half of the book presents the theory behind the DMM with a very rigorous discussion that will not be accessible to non academics. The second part is a very useful set of descriptions of the micro-divisions of attachment styles which the DMM introduces. The final part presents a modification of the AAI and a plan for treatment. This is a controversial but very important work, particularly for those who would normally be classified as “disorganized”.

Eppel, Alan B.. Sweet Sorrow: Love, Loss and Attachment in Human Life. Karnac, 2009

  • Sweet Sorrow is the exceptional kind of work that I wish I had the privilege to read as I began my psychotherapy training twenty years ago. It provides the reader with key concepts, explication that is free of jargon, introducing towering thinkers in the field for further studying and illustrating the phenomena with succinct case studies. Sweet Sorrow will be on my `must read’ list as I teach my psychotherapy students and supervisees in Toronto, Hong Kong and Beijing. (from Amazon review by Danny Yeung)

Parnell, Laurel and Elena Felder,‎ Holly Prichard,‎ Prabha Milstein and‎ Nancy Ewing. Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma. Norton, 2013

  • This looks to be a very valuable contribution. (Review coming soon)

Mooney, Carol Garhart. Theories of Attachment: An Introduction to Bowlby, Ainsworth, Gerber, Brazelton, Kennell, and Klaus. Redleaf, 2008

  • Unfortunately the contents of this book do not match the title, unless understood to mean that rather than being an introduction to Attachment Theory, the book covers only a few specific individuals. For example, Mary Main, the pioneer of Adult Attachment Theory does not even get a mention. Nor do any others since.

Wallin, David J. Attachment in Psychotherapy. Guilford, 2007

  • Although not the lightest reading, this is one of the most comprehensive and up to date book on childhood and adult attachment. The first chapters give an excellent history of the research results.

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