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Trauma and the Avoidant Client: Attachment-Based Strategies for Healing (Norton Professional Books (Hardcover)) Hardcover – July 19, 2010
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“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)
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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
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.
Summerville Family Health Team, Toronto
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
This is a must read for anyone (patients or therapists)recovering and healing from trauma, regardless of the source of the trauma.
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
Dr Claudine Martijn, Clinical Psychologist, Sydney, Australia
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This is such a good book, I read it cover to cover and am going back to read it again. Lots of helpful information! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Twinkle Toes
I'm in training to be a therapist, and primarily use interpersonal process psychotherapy (IPT). I really love this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cat
Being a criminology major, I never really had any experience with psychology before. Reading this book was an incredible eye-opener for me. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Janice
There is a difference between being avoidant and being defensive. Although Freud describes being avoidant as being fearful of facing the true self (and of course its shortcomings),... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Touraj Salahshour
How I wish every beginning therapist was forced to read this book ten times before seeing a single patient without supervision. Could save years of "undoing" later. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ella McCrystle
Avoidant clients are among the most difficult to work with. Dr. Muller offers in depth understanding of core issues and therapeutic dynamic from an attachment perspective. Read morePublished 15 months ago by NYPS
An excellent read that should not be avoided! Dr. Robert Muller’s, “Trauma and the Avoidant Client” provides insight into the world of a psychotherapist dealing with a variety of... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Laura Costabile