How do we make sense of our relationships -- successes and failures, preferences and challenges, past and present. And after we make sense of them all -- what do we do to increase the successes that we are striving to attain. Annette Kussin provides us with a guide to navigating this important aspect of our lives — It's Attachment!
Kussin offers us a comprehensive overview of this dominant theory of human development and relationships in a way that gives us both understanding and practical ideas for constructive changes. She shows us the central features of the main attachment patterns that are present throughout childhood and adulthood as well as clear suggestions for how we might identify what pattern characterizes our own life. From there, her book provides practical insights into how our attachment pattern is central in our choosing a partner and being a parent. It also explores how we might change our pattern toward one that provides the greatest likelihood for developing an autonomous sense of self and satisfying reciprocal relationships.
"This book is designed to offer you a new way of understanding yourself and the close relationships that you develop. I hope it'll help you understand why you chose the partner/spouse you did and why you react the way you do in your close relationships. I hope it'll help you be kinder to yourself, more understanding of your partner/spouse and change your harmful patterns in relationships."
Reviews and Endorsements:
It’s Attachment is a welcome book in the field of adult attachment for anyone trying to understand themselves or close relationship. Annette provides a straightforward read detailing the attachment types and how to change them. There is something to learn for everyone in this enlightening book!
Susan Schumacher, Founder, Attachment Association Canada
This book lends both clarity and integrity to the important matter of Attachment. It brings breadth and profound depth not often found in self-help books
Carol Cowan-Levine M.S.W, RSW Psychotherapist
In her book, It’s Attachment, Annette Kussin provides clean and practical steps for identifying what attachment patterns we operate from, how to understand the adaptive nature of these patterns and how to change them to allow more effective communication and connection. Annette writes in a warm and engaging style using stories from her many years of clinical practice. I will be recommending this book to my adult clients.
Sian Phillips, Ph.D. C. Psych.
It’s Attachment offers us a comprehensive overview of this dominant theory of human development and relationships in a way that that gives us both understanding and practical ideas for constructive changes. Annette shows us the central features of the main attachment patterns that are present throughout childhood and adulthood and how we might identify what pattern characterizes our own life. It also explores how we might change our pattern toward one that provides an autonomous sense of self and satisfying reciprocal relationships. I recommend this book for both its concise description of this important field of knowledge about intimate relationships and for its practical wisdom about how we might best bring safety and joy into these relationships.
Dan Hughes, Ph.D. Psychologist and Founder of DDP, South Portland, Maine
About the Author:
Annette Kussin has a Masters Degree in Social Work, is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and an advanced Attachment Focused Therapist. She worked in children's mental health for over 30 years as a therapist, supervisor, manager and clinical director. She was the owner/director of the Leaside Therapy Centre, a multi-discipline clinic in Toronto, for 10 years. She has had a private practice for over 30 years. She specializes in Attachment Focused Therapy for adults, couples, adolescents and adoptive families. Annette has received advanced training in Attachment Focused Therapy and has been a member of an advanced consultation group in this model of therapy. She offers consultation to Mental Health agencies and consultation/supervision to individual professionals. She provides training to organizations throughout Ontario including Wilfred Laurier Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto Faculty of Social Work, The Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health, Mission Empowerment and many other Training Organizations, Children and Adult Mental Health Services and Child Welfare Agencies in the area of Attachment, Trauma and Brain Development.