Babies are born primed to seek out a bond with caregivers who protect them and ensure their survival. But whether babies merely survive or thrive depends on the kind of care and attention they receive... Attachment, Maternal Deprivation and Psychotherapy outlines the development of Attachment Theory from John Bowlby's early work on "maternal deprivation", the observational and laboratory research that supported and expanded his theory, and considers more recent developments in understanding what vital components babies need to thrive. Insecure attachment reflects the absence or loss of key ingredients in early parent-infant relationships. In this book, Linda Cundy moves Attachment Theory from research laboratory back into the consulting room. With this expanded understanding of "maternal deprivation", a model of attachment-informed psychotherapy is proposed that can help clients transition from surviving to thriving. Ultimately, Cundy shows us that "what is missing" has repercussions throughout life, in all areas of life, and can also affect the next generation.
About the Author:
Linda Cundy is a a psychotherapist in private practice. She has been an independent trainer specialising in Attachment for 25 years. She has edited and contributed to three books to date including Anxiously Attached: Understanding and Working with Preoccupied Clients and Attachment and the Defence Against Intimacy: Understanding and Working with Avoidant Attachment, Self-Hatred and Shame. Linda has been the Attachment Theory consultant at the Bowlby Centre invited since 2019.