This monograph contains a rich variety of material that is not usually included in traditional writings on trauma. In addition to the theoretical and clinical perspectives, poetry and storytelling join in to weave a vivid tapestry of multifaceted approaches to trauma. Whilst remaining true to its theoretical base (which, of course, is Bowlby's attachment theory), the monograph succeeds in locating its subject matter in wider perspectives, thus enabling the reader to appreciate the complexity of contributing factors. It is not easy to compile a single publication out of a conference; yet, this monograph achieves its objective by offering a coherent treatment of trauma that also includes some up-to-date approaches and innovations. The papers are written with authority, clarity and sensitivity and will provide the reader with a most beneficial elaboration of trauma from an attachment theory perspective.
Sarah Benamer trained as an attachment based psychoanalytic psychotherapist with the Centre for Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (CAPP), now The Bowlby Centre, where she is a tutor, teacher, approved supervisor and training therapist, and member of the clinical training committee. She works as a relational psychotherapist in private practice. Prior to training as a psychotherapist she worked as an independent advocate with those in crisis in the National Health Service (NHS) psychiatric system and with individuals in chronic pain, with long term illness and severe physical disabilities. Kate White is a training therapist, supervisor and teacher at The Bowlby Centre. Formerly senior lecturer at South Bank University in the Department of Nursing and Community Health Studies, she has used her extensive experience in adult education to contribute to the innovative psychotherapy curriculum developed at The Bowlby Centre. In addition to working as an individual psychotherapist, Kate runs workshops on the themes of attachment and trauma in clinical practice.