by Jon G. Allen Ph.D. (Author)
The essence of “plain old therapy,” according to the author, is a mindful relationship between the patient and a trusted clinician who recognizes and understands the patient’s trauma, and connects with the nature and magnitude of his or her suffering. In “Restoring Mentalizing in Attachment Relationships: Treating Trauma With Plain Old Therapy”, Allen, a clinical psychologist with widely respected expertise in trauma, makes a research-based case for the virtues of the healing relationship created and nurtured through traditional psychotherapy. Though in recent years, therapy has become just one of many treatment options for posttraumatic stress disorder and other trauma-related illnesses, the author argues that it remains the best. The book provides a conceptual framework for treating trauma patients and illuminates relationship factors that are empirically associated with positive outcomes. Patients who have suffered broken and dysfunctional attachments will benefit from its emphasis on trust, compassion, and true connection. Mental health clinicians of diverse theoretical orientations – be they psychiatrists, psychologists, or social workers, in training or practice – will benefit from its emphasis on what works.