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Product Details

  • Series: Norton Professional Books
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (July 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393705730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393705737
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Trauma and the Avoidant Client is just right. It hits the ground running. The eight chapters are well-written, helpful and relevant and each finishes with a great summary of the main therapeutic points. While obviously strongly embedded in attachment theory and backed up with Professor Rob Muller’s research, it is not a tedious theoretical read, and is written by someone with a good deal of clinical skill and knowledge. This is a book for therapists. . . . A very good buy.” (New Zealand College of Clinical Psychology Journal)

“This text is invaluable to a range of healthcare practitioners seeking to understand more deeply how people respond when faced with the challenging prospect of focusing on their vulnerabilities and I would consider this high-recommended reading for those training to become counsellors and psychotherapists.” (Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal (UK))

“[A] practical, useful and empirically based guide....[I]nsightful and relevant to all age groups....[E]asy to read and I would definitely recommend it....[H]ighly practical and insightful.” (Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work)

“Clinical experience blends with research and theory to provide a fine survey of defensive patterns and how they can be changed.” (Midwest Book Review)

“Clinically perceptive, theoretically clear, and research-informed, this book is filled with clinical gems.” (Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD, Distinguished Research Professor, York University)

“In this sensitive yet intellectually robust volume Muller shows, in the face of loss and trauma, how self-defeating and health-endangering avoidant strategies can be....A major, highly accessible contribution to the attachment literature and required reading for all mental health clinicians.” (Jeremy Holmes MD, Professor of Psychological Therapies, University of Exeter, UK, and author, Exploring in Security)

“I very much enjoyed reading this book, and it is rare to find one so practical, focused, and well researched. Avoidance is a common and notoriously difficult to treat sequelae of trauma, but taking on the challenge, Muller helps readers recognize and use the therapeutic relationship as the key to reaching these clients effectively. Constructed thoughtfully and insightfully around relevant research, his use of case examples, dialogue of key therapy moments, and point summaries all make it an eminently accessible and practical book.” (Clare Pain, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Director, Psychological Trauma Program, Mount Sinai Hospital)

About the Author

Robert T. Muller, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of clinical psychology at York University, and a supervising psychologist at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre. Dr. Muller specializes in the areas of trauma, attachment, and psychotherapy. The author of numerous scholarly articles, he is lead investigator in a multi-site program to treat intra-familial trauma. He has over 20 years of clinical experience in the field, and practices in downtown Toronto. He is also winner of the Written Media Award, from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.

More About the Author

Robert T. Muller, Ph.D. trained at Harvard, was on faculty at the University of Massachusetts, and is currently at York University in Toronto. Dr. Muller was recently honored as a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD) for his work on trauma treatment. And his bestseller, "Trauma and the Avoidant Client," is in its third printing, has been translated, and won the 2011 ISSTD award for the year's best written work on trauma. As lead investigator on several multi-site programs to treat interpersonal trauma, Dr. Muller has lectured internationally (Australia, Europe, U.S.), and has been the keynote speaker at mental health conferences in New Zealand and Canada. He founded an online magazine, "The Trauma & Mental Health Report," that is now visited by over 100,000 readers a year. With over 20 years in the field, he practices in Toronto.

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I found this book to be very easy to read.
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An aspect I found very valuable was the practical strategies offered that could be adapted to therapeutic practice.
Dr Di McGreal
This is an excellent book, and I highly recommend it to anyone who works with clients in a therapeutic capacity.
Nelson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Mirisse Foroughe on November 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Robert Muller has provided psychotherapists with an extraordinary
book! It is impressive in both its presentation of therapeutic strategies
and its insights into the experiences of clients who are known to be very hard to treat.
This book integrates attachment theory and recent advances in the
treatment of intra-familial trauma, and it details new psychotherapeutic techniques to
work successfully with clients for whom therapy can often be highly threatening.

Perhaps most significantly, Dr. Muller helps the reader to learn how to
meaningfully engage clients who present with a self-protective, help-rejecting
stance. With vivid and fascinating vignettes, brilliant insight, and an intimate,
accessible writing style, Dr. Muller shows us how to best help treatment-resistant
clients trust the therapeutic relationship enough to be challenged toward making
concrete change.

We learn about the very common pitfalls of working with this population -such as colluding
with clients in their avoidance of painful feelings- as well as how to deal with these potential
pitfalls at each step of the therapeutic process.

This book is a tremendously rich resource for therapists at any stage of their career, as well as for anyone
wishing to have a deeper understanding of trauma, attachment, and psychotherapy -including instructors and supervisors.
With compassion and sensitivity, Dr. Muller illustrates the often difficult and puzzling process of successful therapy
with avoidant clients. As a clinician, I found this book to be inspirational and I give it my highest possible recommendation.

Mirisse Foroughe, Ph.D.
Clinical-Developmental Psychology
Summerville Family Health Team, Toronto
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Stephane Mandelert on February 27, 2011
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Despite being a lay person, I found the book extremely good and clear. I highly recomend it for anybody who has knowledge about psychology, or had done therapy, and is interested on the subject.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Fernandes on January 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most interesting and useful books on trauma that I have read in years! Dr. Muller has provided an exceptional and much needed resource with this book. Using attachment theory, Dr. Muller helps clinicians understand the impact of abuse, neglect and traumatic loss and details the types of defences that avoidant individuals have that can make treatment so difficult. He provides a clear guide to implementing therapeutic techniques using case examples as well as captivating and relevant therapy vignettes. The book describes in detail, issues around counter-transference and addresses the problematic ways that clinicians can often respond to these clients.

For clinicians, avoidant clients represent a population that can cause angst to work with. This book is not only practical and well researched but is extremely well written and hard to put down. This book is a clinical gem and a must read for mental health clinicians.

Cheryl Fernandes, Ph.D.
Child and Youth Mental Health Outpatient Service, McMaster Children's Hospital
Hamilton, Ontario
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A recommended pick is Robert T. Muller's TRAUMA AND THE AVOIDANT CLIENT: ATTACHMENT-BASED STRATEGIES FOR HEALING covers avoidant clients - those who avoid attachment, closeness and painful feelings and withdraw in therapy - and provides therapists for keys to working with them. Clinical experience blends with research and theory to provide a fine survey of defensive patterns and how they can be changed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mina on February 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Based on an attachment-based theoretical perspective, the reader learns to recognize avoidant defenses and how the attachment system can be activated. Intervention strategies such as "I'm -no-victim" identity, using symptoms as motivators, using ambivalence and facilitating mourning are discussed. Recognizing the resistive client is highlighted and ways to engage the "hard to treat" client in therapy. Cases are presented illustrate the linking of theory and intervention strategies. Difficulties in the therapeutic alliance are discussed including transference and counterference and how these can be transformed to reduce the client's and therapist's vulnerabilities. The concepts and clients in this book are showcased with deep sensitivity and easy practicality to assist therapists working in this area.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Oz Psych on January 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
In using this book I have found the benefits to my clinical work have been significant. I have
recently had one of my most productive sessions with a difficult client using
the terms and tools in your book. We were able to get in touch with previously
avoided emotions. It was a very powerful session, and I must thank you for your
inspiration and clearly highly applicable methodology and theory to my patient
population, many of whom have trauma in their histories or current
circumstances, and are highly avoidant in relational terms and of difficult
emotional content.

Dr Claudine Martijn, Clinical Psychologist, Sydney, Australia
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Heart To Heart Psychotherapy, Siingapore on March 23, 2013
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I am a psychotherapist and I found this book very helpful and easy to read. The author does a good job of taking you through the steps of some newer techniques to use in healing. It is very helpful to understand the dependencies and also the effect trauma has on people. It is certainly not easy to get out of a trauma, but it is possible - it will take time however. This books gives a good starting point by making you understand and being aware, of what happened to you is already a big step forward. I hope this book helps many people to come to a better life.

This is a must read for anyone (patients or therapists)recovering and healing from trauma, regardless of the source of the trauma.
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