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Attachments: Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis

The selected works of Jeremy Holmes, 1st Edition

By Jeremy Holmes


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For three decades Jeremy Holmes has been a leading figure in psychodynamic psychiatry in the UK and across the world. He has played a central role in promoting the ideas of John Bowlby and in developing the clinical applications – psychiatric and psychotherapeutic – of Attachment Theory in working with adults. Drawing on both psychoanalytic and attachment ideas, Holmes has been able to encompass a truly biopsychosocialperspective. As a psychotherapist Holmes brings together psychodynamic, systemic and cognitive models, alert to vital differences, but also keenly sensitive to overlaps and parallels.

This volume of selected papers brings together the astonishing range of Holmes' interests and contributions. The various sections in the book cover:

An extended interview – covering Holmes’ career and philosophy as a psychodynamic psychiatrist

'Juvenilia' – sibling relationships, the psychology of nuclear weapons, and the psychodynamics of surgical intervention.

Psychodynamic psychiatry: Integrative and Attachment-Informed

A psychotherapy section inwhich he develops his model of psychotherapeutic change

'Heroes' – biographical pieces about the major influences including, John Bowlby, Michael Balint, David

Malan, Jonathan Pedder and Charles Rycroft.

'Ephemera' – brief pieces covering such topics as frequency of psychodynamic sessions and fees.

Attachments: Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis - The Selected Works of Jeremy Holmes will be essential and illuminating reading for practitioners and students of psychiatry and psychotherapy in all its guises.

Table of Contents

Preface. Part I: Autobiographical. Interview with Dianna Kelly. 10 Books. Part II: Juvenilia. Varicose Veins: An Optional Illness. The Sibling and Psychotherapy. The Psychology of Nuclear Disarmament: A Case Study. Section III: Psychodynamic Psychiatry. An Introduction to Psychodynamic Psychiatry. Depression. Psychosis. Narrative in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy: The Evidence? Psychodynamic Psychiatry: Rise, Decline, Revival. Part IV: Psychotherapy: Integrative and Attachment-Informed. Family and Iindividual Therapy: Comparisons and Contrasts. Psychoanalysis and CBT: Confluence or Watershed? Integration in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy – An Attachment Meta-Perspective. Superego: An Attachment Perspective. Relational Psychoanalysis. Part V: Heroes. John Bowlby’s Trilogy. Anthony Storr. David Malan and Brief Dynamic Therapy. Michael Balint. Jonathan Pedder. Charles Rycroft. Part VI: Ephemera. Untied. In praise of ‘Low Intensity’ Ssychotherapy. How Much do you Charge? The ‘Good Enough’ Doctor. What Exactly do You do?

About the Author

Jeremy Holmes worked for 35 years as a consultant psychiatrist and medical psychotherapist in the NHS. He is currently Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter, UK, and lectures nationally and internationally. Recent publications include The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy, Storr’s The Art of Psychotherapy, Exploring in Security: Towards an attachment-informed psychoanalytic psychotherapy and The Therapeutic Imagination: Using literature to deepen psychodynamic understanding.

About the Series

World Library of Mental Health

The World Library of Mental Health celebrates the important contributions to mental health made by leading experts in their individual fields. Each author has compiled a career-long collection of what they consider to be their finest pieces: extracts from books, journals, articles, major theoretical and practical contributions, and salient research findings.

For the first time ever, the work of each contributor is presented in a single volume so readers can follow the themes and progress of their work and identify the contributions made to, and the development of, the fields themselves.

Each book in the series features a specially written introduction by the contributor giving an overview of their career, contextualizing their selection within the development of the field, and showing how their own thinking developed over time.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health