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Doing Psychotherapy: A Trauma and Attachment-Informed Approach
Robin Shapiro
Norton Professional Books / Softcover / 2020-03-01 / 0393713334
Psychotherapy / Trauma
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240 pages
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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 readers 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.


This is one of those books that every aspiring psychotherapist should be reading. Why? Because it's the clearest, most thorough, most compassionate look inside the work of psychotherapy that I've ever encountered. It's also a book that we seasoned folks might want to consider as a reminder of why we're doing this challenging, rewarding work. This book is like a consult session with one of the best. —Laura S. Brown, PhD, ABPP, Independent Practice of Consultation and Forensic Psychology, Seattle WA

A compendium from a highly skilled therapist and accessible author. Books are wrestled into creation, wrought out of lived-experience and wisdom. The word therapist is from the Greek, Te?a'p??—Therapón. In peace-time the Therapón was a King's most-trusted advisor; in war, his personal guard who fought alongside him. This is a brilliant metaphor that fits Robin Shapiro perfectly. Doing Psychotherapy will equip and empower you; I will be adding it to my students' required reading. —Paul Miller, MD, DMH, MRCPsych, Visiting Professor, Faculty of Life and Health Sciences, School of Nursing at Magee Campus, EMDR Europe Accredited Trainer

About the Author:

Robin Shapiro, LICSW, is known for her clear, accessible, and practical style in writing, teaching and clinical consultation. She edited and contributed to EMDR Solutions: Pathways to Healing (Norton, 2005) and EMDR Solutions II: Depression, Eating Disorders, Performance & More (2009) and wrote Trauma Treatments Handbook (2010), and Easy Ego State Interventions (2016). She loves her work: writing, presenting about ego states, EMDR topics, and suicide prevention, doing clinical consultation, and thirty-eight years of psychotherapy practice, especially around issues of trauma, anxiety, and attachment.

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