An Attachment Perspective on Reunions in Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

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Psychoanalysis has been slow to acknowledge attachment theory as one of its own. Yet traditions of observational and representational research associated with it have much to offer in shedding light on intrapsychic as well as interpersonal phenomena. This paper explores these traditions and their potential clinical utility for couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy. In particular, attention is drawn to behaviour and representations associated with the experience of reunion in therapy sessions.

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Clulow, C. An Attachment Perspective on Reunions in Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies 5, 269–281 (2003). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1023987915949

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  • couple therapy
  • attachment
  • psychoanalysis
  • reunion
  • research