Adult Attachment and Couple Psychotherapy: The 'Secure Base' by Christopher Clulow

By Christopher Clulow

Attachment conception has brought on an explosion of study into kinfolk relationships, and has supplied a conceptual foundation for the paintings of practitioners. Adult Attachment and Couple Psychotherapy brings examine and perform views to undergo at the grownup couple dating, and gives a framework for assessing and dealing with safe and insecure partnerships.
Divided into 3 components, the book:
* appears to be like at what's intended through safe and insecure attachment within the couple
* describes how concept and learn were utilized to perform, and the way perform has extra to the certainty of the complicated difficulties that convey to therapy
* examines the importance of teaching and the enterprise of labor for powerful perform with couples.
Using bright illustrations from medical and neighborhood paintings, Adult Attachment and Couple Psychotherapy deals stimulating examining for all these fascinated about this box who desire to re-assess their versions of perform.

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The Couple Attachment Joint Interview (CAJI) is a semistructured clinical interview that is derived from the AAI and has a similar format of probing different aspects of attachment. It differs from the Current Relationship Interview described in Chapter 2, and the Couple Attachment Interview described in Chapter 4, in that it is addressed towards and conducted jointly with both partners as if they were an entity. From this standpoint it asks about attachment-related issues in the partnership. For instance, how does the couple describe their ways of responding to illness, loss and separations?

For 20 minutes the dyad engages in a series of standardised phases. Seven brief sequences, each lasting a matter of minutes, are recorded on film: • • • • • • • a caregiver and infant are introduced into an unfamiliar room with toys in it; they are joined by a female stranger; the caregiver leaves the infant with the stranger; the caregiver returns and the stranger leaves; the caregiver leaves; the stranger returns; the caregiver returns. In response to the two separation and reunion sequences with the caregiver, Patterns of relating in the couple 17 infants are classified into one of three primary attachment categories.

Here the focus has been on the manner in which individuals mentally organise and think about their childhood attachment relationships, and how this influences the quality and nature of their relationships in adulthood. In other words, it is not the quality of primary attachments in childhood itself that shapes adult interpersonal relationships, but rather the ‘mental representations’ of those attachments which are critical for adult intimate relationships. Both traditions are relevant for our focus on attachment in couples, and each has implications for thinking about a person’s capacity for intimacy.

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