Trauma often has the greatest impact our most intimate relationships. But 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 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, including in the wake of an affair. You’ll discover how to:
- Monitor and respond moment-to-moment to traumatized clients’ deep sense of isolation
- Create effective enactments between partners that offer corrective emotional experiences specifically aimed at healing the effects of trauma
- Reprocess key trauma experiences to create a new template for healthy attachment
- Use voice, reflection, and validation to help partners share their deepest vulnerabilities
Kathryn Rheem, EdD, LMFT, is an ICEEFT certified trainer and the director of the Washington Baltimore Center for EFT. T. Leanne Campbell, PhD, is codirector of the Vancouver Island Centre for EFT and Campbell & Fairweather Psychology Group, and is an Honorary Research Associate of Vancouver Island University.