on November 29, 2009
I am sincerely thankful that I read this book! It propelled me into greater awareness of the therapeutic process, and helped me access a deeper more integrated sense of myself.
Wallin provides a powerful compound lens, integrating attachment theory, research on the impact of early relationships on the brain, relational psychotherapy and mindfulness. We're encouraged to apply our curiosity to the rich, complex, present moment between our self and our client, while holding in our awareness, each of our relational pasts. Wallin offers interventions, including and beyond empathy, to help us access more of our client's unconscious experience, through astute and conscientious awareness of the intersection of our own experience with our client's.
Much appreciated are Wallin's detailed case descriptions that paint the human picture of the therapist as an empathic, imperfect, accountable and secure base. This book conveys wonderful hopefulness for the profound healing power of the therapeutic relationship, and I could not recommend it more highly!
on November 12, 2011
Although Wallin's writing style is overly academic, he makes up for it in two ways: 1. by giving a comprehensive history of the development of attachment theory; and, 2. by giving many examples from his own therapeutic work on how to incorporate mindfulness into the practice of helping clients heal from past attachment wounds. He gives a thorough description of each attachment style, and explains in detail how the work of attachment works itself out in the process of therapy. He gives special attention to the importance of the therapeutic alliance, which makes sense in the light of the subject matter. All in all, a book worth reading if you are a student therapist!
on February 26, 2014
If this is required reading in your counselling training, be encouraged. Wallin's work is a relevant and refreshing read on Attachment Theory and how it can be creatively integrated in therapeutic practice. I appreciate his exhortation to integrate the left and right brain experience in therapy work, thereby helping clients to name their feelings and put them into words. This is especially important in working with those who have experienced severe trauma and loss.
Louise (Bromley) Jewell, MAR, Registered Clinical Counsellor
Victoria, BC, Canada