Attachment-focused Family Therapy

Drawing on more than 20 years of clinical experience, Daniel A. Hughes presents his comprehensive, effective, and accessible treatment model for working with all members of a family—not simply the individual in question—to recognize, resolve, and heal personal and family problems using principles from theories of attachment and intersubjectivity.

Beginning with an overview of attachment and intersubjectivity—the twin theories from which he forms his treatment plan—Hughes carefully outlines, chapter by chapter, the core principles and strategies of his family-based approach. He elaborates on the need to develop and maintain PACE (playfulness, acceptance, curiosity, and empathy)—the central therapeutic stance of attachment-focused family therapy—and supplies tips and sample dialogues for implementing this position. The importance of fostering affective/reflective (a/r) dialogue is covered in detail, as well as helping families to manage shame, understand and embrace the break-and-repair cycle of their interactions, and explore and resolve childhood trauma.

(From W.W. Norton publishers website. Accessed 28th September 2013)


Hechtingsgerichte gezinstherapie – SWP Publishers, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2017


Publisher: W. W. Norton, New York

ISBN: 978-0-393-70526-3

Website: Attachment-focused Family Therapy

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