Although trauma often has the greatest impact our most intimate relationships, research shows that finding comfort in loved ones has the potential to undo much of the damage trauma creates in the first place. So why shouldn’t we maximize this valuable resource?
Taking an Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) approach, this workshop recording builds on neuroscience research and attachment theory to demonstrate how to access, organize, and actively engage emotion in couples therapy where one or both partners is contending with the echoes of trauma.
Kathryn Rheem, EdD, LMFT, has been using the empirically-validated EFT approach exclusively in private practice for nearly twenty years and continues to study and learn the model daily. She works extensively with couples where one or both partners have endured trauma and has written and presented on the application of EFT with trauma numerous times.
As an international EFT trainer, she collaborates with Dr. Sue Johnson, the primary developer of EFT, to bring EFT to populations worldwide. Together, Sue and Kathryn created Strong Bonds, Strong Couples, LLC, which provided EFT-based weekend retreat for soldiers and Marines coming home from war and their partners at military installations in the US and abroad.
Kathryn is the director of the Washington Baltimore Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. She was voted a Top Couples Therapist in Washington, D.C., by the Washingtonian Magazine. She is a clinical fellow and approved supervisor of AAMFT and has written 15 articles/chapters on the application of EFT with trauma.
Financial: Kathryn Rheem is the director of the Washington Baltimore Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (WBCEFT). She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kathryn Rheem has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Dr. Leanne Campbell, is a Registered Psychologist, a co-founder and managing partner of Campbell & Fairweather Psychology group, and an ICEEFT (International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy) Certified Trainer. In addition to providing psychological services to hundreds of individuals, couples, and families over the past three decades, Dr. Campbell provides trainings in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) to professionals around the globe with a primary focus in the areas of grief and trauma. Most recently, she co-authored with Dr. Sue Johnson the first individually focused EFT book, A Primer for Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT): Cultivating Growth and Fitness in Every Client (Routledge, 2022).
Financial: T. Leanne Campbell maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. T. Leanne Campbell has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: T. Leanne Campbell is a board member and committee member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She is also a member of the College of Psychologists of British Columbia, the Canadian Psychological Association and the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy.
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Practice an Emotionally Focused Therapy approach when working with couples in which one or both partners has been affected by trauma.
Explain how traumatized partners can provide corrective emotional experiences for each other as it relates to clinical treatment.
Assess the most effective ways to create enactments between partners to alleviate symptoms of trauma.
Incorporate an understanding of neuroscience and attachment theory with the aim of further informing your clinical decision-making and judgment.
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