Attachment-Focused Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents: Phase-Oriented Strategies for Addressing Complex Trauma Disorders, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Attachment-Focused Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents

Phase-Oriented Strategies for Addressing Complex Trauma Disorders, 1st Edition

By Niki Gomez-Perales


224 pages

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Attachment-Focused Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents brings together two powerful treatment directions that exponentially expand the knowledge and skills available to child and adolescent trauma therapists. The book provides theoretical knowledge, clinical approaches, and specific, detailed techniques that clinicians will find indispensable in the treatment of the most challenging and high-risk young trauma victims. Also included are case studies, developed from over three decades of experience, that show the reader how to use the techniques in real-life settings. The treatment approach described here is flexible enough to adapt to real clients in the real world, regardless of trauma and attachment histories, family and living situations, or difficulties engaging in supportive therapeutic relationships. Clear and cohesive, the model presented here allows room for the individuality and approach of each therapist so that the therapeutic relationship can evolve in a genuine and unique way. An appendix of photocopiable worksheets gives interactive tools for therapists to immediately use with clients.


"Attachment-Focused Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents is a great addition to the current literature on childhood traumatization. Developmental trauma remains an under-diagnosed and under-treated issue, and attachment disruption and dissociation often play a role in both trauma and its aftermath. In this book, Gomez-Peralez offers insight into the complex and often puzzling ways that trauma affects regulation, relating, and behavior. She provides numerous practical suggestions for stabilization and intervention that can be applicable not only to clinicians but also to caregivers and educators."

Na'ama Yehuda, MSC SLP, speech language pathologist in private practice in New York City, international consultant on developmental trauma and communication, and co-chair of the Child and Adolescent Committee of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Complex Trauma and Dissociation in Children and Adolescents 2. The Neurobiology of Attachment and Trauma 3. Complex Trauma in a Clinical Setting 4. Attachment Theory and Attachment Focused Therapy 5. Phase Oriented Psychotherapy 6. Bringing It Together--The Treatment Frame 7. Phase 1 - Stabilization and Relationships 8. Beginning Phase 1 - First Session and Assessment 9. Phase 1 - Strategies and Interventions 10. Phase 2 - Trauma Processing and Integration 11. Phase 3: Moving Forward 12. External Systems. Appendix of Worksheets

About the Author

Niki Gomez-Perales, MSW, RSW, has over twenty-five years’ experience working with children and adolescents impacted by complex trauma and attachment. She is a child and adolescent therapist in Hamilton, Ontario, and is an active member of the International Association for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISST-D).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Child & Adolescent
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health