Attachment theory and science offers couple therapist a map to key moments of injury and betrayal that undermine the safety of the bond between partners, destroy trust and block the creation of positive interactions. Attachment injuries occur when our expectations of secure bonding are violated in traumatic events such as affairs and abandonments at crucial moments of need such as medical diagnosis, job loss, miscarriage or loss of a parent. The therapist has to know how to systematically shape the forgiveness of such injuries and use this process in the service of helping the couple create a more secure bond. The EFT forgiveness model has 8 steps and constitutes a corrective emotional experience that restores trust and changes the impact of the injury on the relationship. Research has found this to be effective.
The successful structuring of forgiveness interactions can be a bonding experience that redefines the relationship in itself or can remove the blocks of fear and resentment that prevent the creation of such experiences. Case examples are used throughout.
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Dr. Sue Johnson, EdD, is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy and adult attachment. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.
Sue Johnson is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, and Professor, Clinical Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, Canada, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Dr. Johnson is the author of numerous books and articles including Attachment Theory in Practice: EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families (2019) The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (3rd edition, 2019) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002).
Sue trains behavioral health providers in EFT worldwide and consults to the over 75 international institutes and affiliated centers who practice EFT. She also consults to Veterans Affairs and the U.S. and Canadian militaries.
Financial: Dr. Sue Johnson receives compensation as a professor for the University of British Columbia and the University of Ottawa. She has an employment relationship with the Campbell & Fairweather Psychology Group and Alliant International University. She is the director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute and the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). She receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Sue Johnson serves on the editorial board for the American Journal of Family Therapy (AJFT) and the journal Couple and Family Psychology: Research & Practice.
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