Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors: Strengthening Attachment Bonds

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors: Strengthening Attachment Bonds

Hardback Guilford Family Therapy (Hardcover)

By (author) Susan M. Johnson

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  • Publisher: Guilford Publications
  • Format: Hardback | 226 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 229mm x 25mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 7 March 2002
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1572307358
  • ISBN 13: 9781572307353
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,253,413

Product description

This book provides a theoretical framework and an innovative model of intervention for distressed couples whose relationships are affected by the echoes of trauma. Combining attachment theory, trauma research, and emotionally focused therapeutic techniques, Susan M. Johnson guides the clinician in modifying the interactional patterns that maintain traumatic stress and fostering positive, healing relationships among survivors and their partners. In-depth case material brings to life the process of assessment and treatment with couples coping with the impact of different kinds of trauma, including childhood abuse, serious illness, and combat experiences. The concluding chapter features valuable advice on therapist self-care.

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Author information

Susan M. Johnson, EdD, is Professor of Psychology in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa and Director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute, Ottawa, Canada.

Review quote

'Most therapists nowadays take for granted the obvious relevance of couple therapy for ruptures of relationship bonds. But what is unique about this book is the vivid and vital way in which Johnson reveals the power of couple relationships to help heal trauma originally experienced by individuals outside those relationships. I hope this book will launch a new era in the psychotherapeutic treatment of PTSD and related disorders. It's that good.' - Alan S. Gurman, University of Wisconsin Medical School, USA

Table of contents

Part I.Trauma in Context: Healing in Attachment Relationships. Healing Connections: Expanding the Role of Couple Therapy. Trauma and its Aftermath. Attachment and Trauma. Assessment. Interventions. Part II. Clinical Realities: Couple Therapy with Traumatized Couples. Couple Therapy to Create a Secure Base for the Treatment of Trauma. Defeating an Anxiety Disorder and Marital Distress. The Trauma of Physical Illness. Couple Therapy with Combat Veterans, with Lyn Williams Keller. Relationship Traumas: Attachment Injuries in Close Relationships. Therapists Who Deal with Dragons.