This book provides psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, and counsellors with a powerful conceptual framework and a concise, masterly review of a huge knowledge base that will support and guide treatment and prevention programmes for these serious problems. This volume:
- synthesises extensive clinical experience with a comprehensive review of the clinical and research literature
- presents a unique developmental perspective informed by attachment theory, while integrating key aspects of evolutionary, neurobiological, cognitive behavioural, interpersonal, and psychodynamic concepts
- explains not only how trauma creates extreme distress in the patient, particularly as manifested in PTSD, but also how it undermines the individual′s ability to cope with such distress
- delineates the significant contribution of trauma to other serious disorders, including dissociative disturbances, depression, drug abuse, eating disorders, self–harm, and personality disorders
"This excellent book achieves rare success in synthesising academic scholarship and sound clinical principles in understanding and treating disorders relating to trauma. Allen′s conceptual clarity and masterful use of narratrive, makes coherent those disorders characterised by incoherence. Equally clinician and teacher, he shows how containment and care, self–regulation and support can mend the wounds inflicted by attachment trauma."
Antonia Bifulco, Ph.D.
Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
About the Author.
A Developmental Approach to Trauma.
Trauma in Attachment Relationships.
Attachment, Relationships, and Reenactment.
The Traumatized Self.
PTSD and Traumatic Memories.
Trauma as Chronic Physical Illness.
Dissociative Detachment and Compartmentalization.
Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, and Self–Harm.
Post–Traumatic Personality Disorders.
TREATMENT AND LONG–TERM MANAGEMENT.
Therapists At Risk.
"Allen should receive particular praise...some very interesting material" (Mental Health Today, October 2001)
"...clear structure, being well written, and adopting the simple but effective use of subheadings and italics for emphasis...this excellent book is not only worth buying but also worth reading..." (British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 10 December 2001)
"...This book is well written and easy to use...." (Addiction Today, January 2002)
"His approach to diagnostics, treatment and management is extremely well organized for any seeking clinician." (Metapsychology Reviews Online, July 2002)
"This is an interesting book which raises some important issues…" (European Eating Disorders Review, March/April 2003)