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David Van Nuys, Ph.D.
An Interview with David Wallin, Ph.D. on the implications of Attachment Theory for Psychotherapy
1 hour 1 minutes Posted Jul 13, 2009 at 6:16 am.
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Mental Help Net (www.mentalhelp.net) presents the Wise Counsel Podcast (wisecounsel.mentalhelp.net), hosted by David Van Nuys, Ph.D. "Dr. Van Nuys interviews David Wallin, Ph.D. on Attachment in Psychotherapy". In this edition of the Wise Counsel Podcast, Dr. Van Nuys interviews David Wallin, Ph.D. on Attachment in Psychotherapy. Dr. Wallin describes the history of Attachment Theory, as developed by John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth, and then later by Mary Main and Peter Fonagy. Attachment refers to the character of the early parent-child relationship from the perspective of the child. In addition to secure attachment (a 'best' outcome), where a child feels secure enough with the parent to be able to balance affiliation with exploration, there are also two 'second best' outcomes, avoidant, and ambivalent in which children choose exploration over affiliation, or vice versa, respectively, and a fourth and least optimal 'disorganized' solution. Implications of childhood attachment style for psychotherapy are discussed.