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Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors: Strengthening Attachment Bonds

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This book provides a theoretical framework and a practical 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 foster ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published January 18th 2005 by The Guilford Press (first published 2002)
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Amy Morgan
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: counseling, trauma, models
Amazing book on doing couples therapy with trauma survivors. Very helpful perspective on how one of the most healing interventions for trauma is fostering a secure relationship—and why not help the traumatized person establish a secure relationship with the person who has the best chance of being with them for the long term, their spouse?

Great examples of couple/therapist dialogue, good exploration of the EFT model, though it would probably be helpful to know the EFT model coming into this book.
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology, ebooks
living with trauma is hard no matter what. However, living with trauma and having a healthy relationship, can be double as hard. Often trauma was perpetrated by another person who was supposed to be trustworthy. Now there is another person who you are supposed to trust, but how can you when trustworthy people hurt you? This book is a great book when working with couples where there is significant trauma. It explains adult attachment and the impact on relationships.
Kimberly  Winters
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book has inspired me to consider a future therapeutic focus of applying EFT to couples with trauma. Great (basic) overview of counseling theory behind trauma therapy, attachment and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples. Easy to understand beginners guide for using the combined wisdom in all three theories to help couples recover from and/or build resilience to trauma.
Oct 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
This book adds little to the present litterature on the subject of traum and is written in a boring, academic, removed style. You can get much better informaion about trauma in other works and as for EFT, Dr. Johnson's first book is a gem and just read and reread that. ...more
Oct 23, 2013 rated it liked it
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A lot of the concepts in this book wrre super valuable they style was repetitive and sluggish. I'm glad I finished it but it definitely took a concious choice to do so. Also, this is not a lay person book. ...more
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Dr. Sue Johnson is a world-renowned expert in the field of couples therapy. She is a clinical psychologist,researcher, professor, best-selling author. Topics Dr. Johnson addresses include: attachment and bonding, the science of love, interventions to repair relationships, and forgiveness. Dr. Johnson is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a highly effective, research-backed ...more

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