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In this paper, Orit Epstein brings to life and gives meaning through the case of Fan, what is commonly described as sex addiction, but in terms of Attachment and Trauma Theories is actually the maintenance of contact through repetition - the paradox of Attachment. She elaborates on this phenomenon through several references to Bowlby’s Attachment Theory and other attachment researchers. She concludes with a description of the secure base - a base of security that every human being deserves and longs for.
For beginners and more accomplished clinicians and readers, this paper provides a rich clinical and theoretical expose’ of Attachment Theory and a must read.
About the Author
Orit Badouk Epstein is a UKCP registered attachment based Psychoanalytic psychotherapist, a training supervisor and a training therapist. She trained at the Bowlby Centre, London where she is the Editor of the journal ATTACHMENT-New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis. She teaches Attachment theory and is the head of the planning group of the International Bowlby Memorial conference. She specialises in attachment theory and trauma and regularly writes and present papers and book chapters on these topics. She runs a private practice and works relationally with individuals, couples and parents. Orit has a particular interest in working with individuals who have experienced extreme abuse and trauma and have displayed symptoms of dissociation. She is the co-author of the book “Ritual Abuse and Mind Control: The Manipulation of Attachment Needs” (Karnac Books), co-editor of the book “Terror within & without” and is the co-editor of the ESTD (European Society for Trauma and Dissociation) newsletter where she regularly writes articles and film reviews.
Rick Hohfeler, Joan Haliburn
ISSTD Virtual Book Club Moderators
The virtual book club is conducted online through a discussion platform which will allow participants in all parts of the world to participate at times that are convenient for them. Discussion will be led by our moderators Rick Hohfeler and Joan Haliburn along with the article's author Orit Badouk Epstein.
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