Understanding the Developmental Nature of Dealing with Emotional Adversity and the Application of This to My Personal and Therapeutic Processes

This assignment will explore the synthesis of three aspects of my journey
as a therapist through the lens of my
experience since starting work with a client, Jane: I will focus on the
theoretical, practice and personal
elements interchangeably throughout the assignment. I will refer to
theories that focus on the importance of
early relationships in emotional development, commonly known as attachment
theory, and how emotional
development is affected through relationships during one’s lifetime.
Psychotherapy is one such relationship
hence the importance of this work as part of my training as a therapist,
particularly how attachment theory fits
into the person centred approach.
At the time of writing Jane and I have had 14 sessions and although I
intend to analyse and reflect on our
relationship, it will first be necessary to detail some narrative around
where I feel I was personally at the time
our encounter began and around how Jane arrived at therapy. Fortunately my
preparatory reading for my
second year of study entitled ‘Being With Adversity’ was particularly
relevant to both Jane’s and my history, I
will detail my engagement with fundamental theories (Bowlby, 1988;
Ainsworth and Bell, 1970) and
contemporary research about attachment, including stability of security
during one’s lifetime (Sroufe, 2005;
Fraley et al., 2011), with a particular focus on the exciting
neuroscientific approach to psychotherapy which
attempts bridge the gap between scientific research on the brain and
psychotherapy (Badenoch, 2008; Carter,
2000; Cozolino, 2006; Gerhardt, 2004), as this is of great interest to me.
For the second part of this assignment I will consider how my engagement
with attachment/adversity theory,
my personal history and recent experiences during my training as a
therapist have elicited deep reflections on
my development personally and indeed as a therapist. I will consider these
experiences not...