Trauma And The Avoidant Client: Strategies For Intervention

Hardcover | June 22, 2010

byRobert Muller

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A large segment of the therapy population consist of those who are in denial or retreat from their traumatic experiences. Here, drawing on attachment-based research, the author provides clinical techniques, specific intervention strategies, and practical advice for successfully addressing the often intractable issues of trauma.

Trauma and the Avoidant Client will enhance the skills of all mental health practitioners and trauma workers, and will serve as a valuable, useful resource to facilitate change and progress in psychotherapy.

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A large segment of the therapy population consist of those who are in denial or retreat from their traumatic experiences. Here, drawing on attachment-based research, the author provides clinical techniques, specific intervention strategies, and practical advice for successfully addressing the often intractable issues of trauma. Trauma ...

Robert T. Muller, Ph.D. is a professor of clinical psychology and a supervising psychologist at York University, specializing in 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...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.53 × 6.36 × 0.93 inPublished:June 22, 2010Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393705730

ISBN - 13:9780393705737

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-read for mental health clinicians! 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
Date published: 2011-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very impressive book! 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.
Date published: 2010-11-07

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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 JournalThis 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 WorkClinical experience blends with research and theory to provide a fine survey of defensive patterns and how they can be changed. — Midwest Book ReviewClinically perceptive, theoretically clear, and research-informed, this book is filled with clinical gems. — Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD, Distinguished Research Professor, York UniversityIn 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 SecurityI 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