Attachment and the therapeutic relationship : an elucidation of therapeutic process in a single child psychotherapy case

Crafford, Melody (2006) Attachment and the therapeutic relationship : an elucidation of therapeutic process in a single child psychotherapy case. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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The overall objective of this study was to delve into the intricacies of the therapeutic process and the therapeutic relationship from an attachment perspective. A single retrospective child case study was conducted, which entailed the construction of a narrative synopsis of the process. The hermeneutic approach of a Reading Guide Method was applied, and through a repeated re-reading of the narrative, pertinent themes emerged that shed light on therapy as a process in motion. Specifically, the motion of the therapeutic process manifested through a scrutiny of the therapeutic relationship in view of the participant’s attachment style. The results of this study revealed the capacity of the participant to move away from an avoidant and somewhat ambivalent organisation of defences by virtue of establishing a secure base and exercising her faculty for emotional and self-expression. Accordingly, it can be established that in view of psychotherapy from an attachment perspective, the seemingly imperceptible vicissitudes of change are indeed appreciable.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Child psychotherapy, Children, Attachment behaviour
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Psychology
ID Code:2679
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:23 Apr 2012 13:15
Last Modified:23 Apr 2012 13:15
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