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Deborah D. Gray

Deborah D. Gray is a clinical social worker specialising in attachment, grief and trauma. She is a leading figure in her field, and a sought-after presenter and trainer. She runs a private practice, Nurturing Attachments, in Kirkland, Washington, USA and has spent over 15,000 hours in the last 15 years counselling children who were adopted. Her private practice philosophy is one of empowering parents with information and techniques they can use to meet the needs of their children and develop close, satisfying relationships. She teaches in the Cascadia Resources/Northwest Adoption Resource and Portland State post-Graduate Programs in Adoption Counselling and the University of Washington's Post-Graduate Trauma Certificate program. In her personal life, Deborah D. Gray feels linked to adoption through the family in which she grew up and has also been a therapeutic foster. In 2015 Deborah was awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the international ATTACh conference for her contribution to the field of attachment. To find out more about Deborah, visit her website at

JKP publications by Deborah D. Gray

  1.  Innovative Therapeutic Life Story Work

    Innovative Therapeutic Life Story Work

    Developing Trauma-Informed Practice for Working with Children, Adolescents and Young Adults

    Edited by Richard Rose. Foreword by Deborah D. Gray.

    This book explores different ways of carrying out life story work, a method which helps traumatized children question and resolve issues from their past. Using the experience of practitioners based in a range of settings, it provides a useful overview of the latest developments in the field. Learn More
    2017, Paperback / softback, 9.02in x 5.98in / 229mm x 152mm, 336pp, £25.00
    ISBN: 9781785921858
    2017, Ebook, ePUB, 336pp, £25.00
    ISBN: 978-1-78450-468-7
  2.  Games and Activities for Attaching With Your Child

    Games and Activities for Attaching With Your Child

    Deborah D. Gray and Megan Clarke

    The authors present strategies for engaging children in fun activities to aid positive attachment between a parent or carer and their child. Each game is designed with specific age groups in mind, and activities are recommended to target specific needs in children that affect attachment, such as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Learn More
    2015, Paperback / softback, 9.69in x 6.81in / 246mm x 173mm, 168pp, £12.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84905-795-0
    2015, Ebook, ePUB, 168pp, £12.99
    ISBN: 978-1-78450-152-5
  3.  Attaching Through Love, Hugs and Play

    Attaching Through Love, Hugs and Play

    Simple Strategies to Help Build Connections with Your Child

    Deborah D. Gray

    Visual and direct in its approach, this book offers simple advice to help parents and carers capture the warmth and fun of forming secure, healthy attachments with children. Attachment therapist Deborah D. Gray guides you through the 'how to' of forming attachments, describing sensitive parenting activities that stimulate bonding and attachment. Learn More
    2014, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 240pp, £12.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84905-939-8
    2014, Ebook, ePUB, 240pp, £12.99
    ISBN: 978-0-85700-753-7
  4.  Attaching in Adoption

    Attaching in Adoption

    Practical Tools for Today's Parents

    Deborah D. Gray

    This classic text is a comprehensive guide for prospective and actual adoptive parents on how to understand and care for their adopted child and promote healthy attachment. It explains what attachment is and provides parenting techniques matched to children's emotional needs and stages to enhance children's happiness and emotional health. Learn More
    2012, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 400pp, £16.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84905-890-2
    2012, Ebook, ePUB, 400pp, £16.99
    ISBN: 978-0-85700-606-6
  5.  Nurturing Adoptions

    Nurturing Adoptions

    Creating Resilience after Neglect and Trauma

    Deborah D. Gray

    This is a comprehensive guide to nurturing adoptions, explaining the theory behind the impact of neglect and trauma on children's development, and what attachment means. It provides professionals with the knowledge and advice they need to help adoptive families build positive relationships and help children heal. Learn More
    2012, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 512pp, £16.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84905-891-9
    2012, Ebook, ePUB, 512pp, £16.99
    ISBN: 978-0-85700-607-3