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Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors : Strengthening Attachment Bonds - Susan M. Johnson

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors

Strengthening Attachment Bonds

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Published: 1st February 2002
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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 experiences. The concluding chapter features valuable advice on therapist self-care.

'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 'With the increasing recognition that many couples' problems are related to the traumas of one or both partners comes the need for a new framework for understanding and doing couple therapy. This book succeeds brilliantly in providing such a framework. Skilfully integrating aspects of attachment theory, traumatology, and emotion focused couple therapy, Susan Johnson enriches each of these fields while also providing practical guidelines for both beginning and seasoned clinicians. This book represents an important advance in the treatment of couples and of trauma survivors. I will be recommending it to all my students and colleagues.' - Richard C. Schwartz, Center for Self Leadership, USA 'A much-needed resource for clinicians. Dr. Johnson shows how the experience of any kind of trauma can resonate in an individual's significant relationships, thereby compounding and extending the each of the stressful experience. Offering an important theoretical perspective on the significance of attachment to the healing process, the book outlines a sequenced treatment approach and specific strategies and techniques to help couples rework and recover from the devastating effects of past trauma.' - Christine A. Courtois, The Psychiatric Institute of Washington, USA

Trauma in Context: Healing in Attachment Relationships
Healing Connections: Expanding the Role of Couple Therapyp. 3
Trauma and Its Aftermathp. 14
Attachment and Traumap. 36
Assessmentp. 62
Interventionsp. 82
Clinical Realities: Couple Therapy With Traumatized Couples
Couple Therapy to Create a Secure Base for the Treatment of Traumap. 115
Defeating an Anxiety Disorder and Marital Distressp. 133
The Trauma of Physical Illnessp. 149
Couple Therapy with Combat Veteransp. 164
Relationship Traumas: Attachment Injuries in Close Relationshipsp. 181
Therapists Who Deal with Dragonsp. 195
Referencesp. 207
Indexp. 223
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ISBN: 9781572307353
ISBN-10: 1572307358
Series: The Guilford Family Therapy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 1st February 2002
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.55