Finally, a panacea to the incompetence of manualized and technique-based approaches to treatment! This book is destined to become an invaluable training guide for developing solid psychotherapeutic integration skills that address the complexity and psychodynamic nuances of the contemporary patient. Dr. Gianotti's approach should be taught to every student of psychotherapy.

Jon Mills, Psy.D., Ph.D., ABPP, Postgraduate Programs in Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy, Adelphi University; Department of Psychosocial & Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex; Author of Treating Attachment Pathology



In an era where instant gratification has filtered into training programs geared toward technique-driven solutions, Embracing Therapeutic Complexity takes a step back and re-introduces fundamental touchstones that enable clinicians to apply an integrative treatment model in the service of in-depth healing and growth. 

Using attachment theory as a bridge, this text connects key principles and practices that cut across various therapeutic disciplines and combines them into a unified framework where readers do not have to "put aside" their expertise in order to benefit from the skill sets provided in this book. In addition, this text addresses the impact that power and privilege have had on shaping our psychological constructs, and it challenges cultural assumptions and blind spots that have shaped our treatment approaches in the past. 

Furthermore, this book illustrates how the application of psychodynamic principles can be combined with advances in trauma treatment, thus offering a practical guide for both beginning and seasoned therapists to amplify and expand their current clinical expertise.

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Donnel Stern, Ph.D., Author, The Infinity of the Unsaid: Unformulated Experience, Language, and the Nonverbal

"Psychoanalysis is not now, and has not been for decades, what many psychotherapists still think it is. Analysts today are centrally concerned with relationship, from the beginning of life, and attachment processes lie at the heart of the theory. Relational psychoanalysis has done much to promote these changes, and so this literature contributes directly and naturally to the general field of psychotherapy. Dr. Gianotti performs a great service by introducing relational psychoanalytic ideas to students and independent professionals who are interested in these ideas, but don’t know how to find their way into them. She makes this introduction in the most practical way, presenting the material in a way that is sensitive to the changing realities of clinical practice, and to practitioners’ uncertainty and worry about 'losing their way.' The book is full of clinical material and will be of interest both to those looking for a route of access into today’s psychodynamic thinking and to psychoanalysts interested in contextualizing their work within the broader field of psychotherapy."