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How to start, do, and complete psychotherapy that is trauma - and attachment - based as well as culturally informed.

Most books about doing psychotherapy are tied to particular psychotherapeutic practices. Here, seasoned clinical author Robin Shapiro teaches listeners the ins and outs of a trauma - and attachment - informed approach that is not tied to any one model or method.

This book teaches assessment, treatment plans, enhancing the therapeutic relationship, and ethics and boundary issues, all within a general framework of attachment theory and trauma. Practical chapters talk about working with attachment problems, grief, depression, cultural differences, affect tolerance, anxiety, addiction, trauma, skill-building, suicidal ideation, psychosis, and the beginning and end of therapy. 

Filled with examples, suggestions for dialogue, and questions for a variety of therapeutic situation, Shapiro's conversational tone makes the book very relatable. Early-career therapists will refer to it for years to come, and veteran practitioners looking for a refresher (or introduction) to the latest in trauma and attachment work will find it especially useful.

©2020 Robin Shapiro (P)2020 Tantor

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Highly recommend

Just finished the first read through and this is definitely one i'm going to be rereading-the second time to write the key points down. There is so much useful information that you don't want to miss. And the separate focus of each chapter (eg. working with depression, addiction ect) makes it clear and handy to dip back into when needed. Love the inclusion of a chapter on starting therapeutic work and also one on ending. In addition, the counsellor self care chapter is welcomed. It's a great format. I also appreciated the inclusiveness of recognising how trauma impacts on marginalised communities such as black and LGBTQ+ communities. I would say though is that although it's useful to learn about other approaches to your own training, I disliked the stress on incorporating so many different modalities. Certainly as therapists we need to be flexible but I question whether that means learning every modality going and incorporating them-who has the time and money to do this-and is it even necessary? Perhaps this may be a US thing though? (I'm based in UK). I also think a bit of an update on the language in the addiction chapter (using the term sex worker instead of prostitute) and not implying that all sex workers are abuse survivors is needed. Overall though a excellent resource and love the friendly, accessible delivery

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good information

enjoyed this book has lots of information about approach and intervention, would recommend this highly.

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