Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors: Strengthening Attachment Bonds

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors: Strengthening Attachment Bonds

Paperback Guilford Family Therapy (Paperback)

By (author) Susan M. Johnson

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  • Publisher: Guilford Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 228 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 224mm x 20mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 7 April 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1593851650
  • ISBN 13: 9781593851651
  • Sales rank: 78,800

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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 experience. The concluding chapter features valuable advice on therapist self-care.

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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. Widely published, she is the main proponent of emotionally focused couple and family therapy, which she teaches extensively in North America and internationally. In 2005, she received the Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research Award from the American Family Therapy Academy. The website for Dr. Johnson's work is www.eft.ca.

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'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 "Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy is a very informative book. It held my attention from cover to cover. I felt Johnson ably demonstrated how the couple can be both worked with therapeutically to ameliorate psychological distress and cause the exasperation of distress. And, not withstanding the points of concerns highlighted. Johnson's EFT has most definitely brought another level of awareness, when working with traumatised clients, to the therapeutic table." - Errol B. Dinnall, Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis, UK

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.