The paper deals with an integrative perspective of knowledges from attachmentrelated psychotherapies and affective balance therapies. The basic hypothesis is that safety in the therapeutic relationship is predictive of its efficacy. The achievement of relational goals of closeness and support for perception about safety in the patient is connected to processes of acceptance and empathic capacities in the therapist. The author argues that the development of these processes is made possible by the elaboration of any defensive automatisms and integration of emotional states of the therapist in the matching between his own emotional strategies and those of the patient. The safe base in the relationship can be achieved by the practice of mindfulness and the ability of reflective function of the therapist, exerted on any state of mindlessness (disconnection).
Keywords: Mindfulness; reflective function; emotional regulation; attachment; safe base