Title

Trauma, attachment, and spirituality: a case study.

Publication Date

Winter 2012

Abstract

The goal of this article is to illustrate the interaction be- tween trauma, attachment, and spirituality, and to demonstrate how to address this interaction in long-term attachment-based psychoanalysis. Toward that end, this article briefly summarizes the convergence of attachment theory and psychoanalysis, and then reviews literature on attachment to God and trauma, including complex traumatic stress. We then present an in-depth case study of a patient with symptoms of complex traumatic stress that was treated from a long-term attachment-based psychoanalytic modality. Finally, based on the case that is presented, recommendations are made to practitioners about dealing with trauma and

Keywords

Psychic trauma; Attachment behavior; Psychoanalysis and religion

Publication Title

Journal of Psychology & Theology

Volume

40

Issue

4

First Page

302

Last Page

312

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