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Lecture on ‘Adult Attachment and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy’ at New York College


02 November 2015

On the evening of Wednesday 21st October 2015 Mr Dimitris Katakis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist at Klimaka Suicide Prevention Centre, led an educational lecture at New York College which was attended by over 40 NYC students, staff and members of the general public. The talk was entitled ‘Adult Attachment and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy’. The lecture gave the audience the opportunity to learn about the application of Adult Attachment Theory in a clinical context. Mr Katakis introduced the audience to both theory and research evidence and answered many questions from the audience. The lecture gave members of the audience the chance to examine a case study from Mr Katakis’ clinical experience enabling the group to understand the application of theory and methods to a real-life example, and thus also to better understand their own attachment history. The lecture  was part of the ‘NYC Psychology Department Lecture Series’ which takes place once per month with a different practitioner psychologist/researcher. The talks are open to the general public. For further information e-mail: Svensson@nyc.gr

 

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a dynamic psychotherapeutic approach that has been scientifically tested and found to be effective in hundreds of clinical trials for many different disorders. Attachment Theory offers a supplementary element that can be integrated in the Cognitive model, providing a useful framework in understanding the development and the maintenance of psychopathology over time progressively. More precisely, understanding the type of attachment -according to and combined with the social environment- reflects the personal and interpersonal difficulties of the patient that led to the creation of internal maladaptive Figures. This can be extremely enlightening for the therapist and at the same time, a crucial element that can guide and enrich therapeutic interventions during the clinical process.

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