is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 25 years of peer-re- viewed clinical research.
As author of the best-selling book: Hold Me Tight, Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, Sue Johnson has created for the general public, a self-help version of her groundbreaking research about relationships –
how to enhance them, how to repair them and how to keep them.
Her most recent book, Love Sense, The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships outlines the new logical understanding of why and how we love – based on new scienti c evidence and cutting-edge research. Explaining that romantic love is based on an attachment bond, Dr. Johnson shows how to develop our “love sense” – our ability to develop long-lasting relationships. Sue Johnson is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Fo- cused Therapy and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, Califor- nia, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Dr. Johnson’s best known professional books include, The Practice of Emotionally Focused Cou- ple Therapy: Creating Connection (2004) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002). Sue trains counselors in EFT worldwide and consults to the 35 international in- stitutes and af liated centers who practice EFT. She lives in Ottawa with her husband. She adores Gilbert and Sullivan, Monty Python, Argentine tango and kayaking on Canada’s northern lakes.
FACING THE DRAGON TOGETHER: WORKING WITH TRAUMATIZED COU- PLES IN EMOTIONALLY FOCUSED THERAPY
The most potent arena for healing traumatic injuries is in the arms of a trusted loved one, paradoxically the emotional dysregulation resulting from such injuries is also toxic for close relationships. This workshop will outline the attachment perspective on trauma and recovery from trauma and describe the three phases of couples treatment, stabilization, restructuring attachment and shaping restorative interactions, and consolidation. The treatment of relationship traumas such as infidelities and wounding abandonments will also be addressed. Specific issues that arise with traumatized partners, such as intense escalation and chronic numbing will be addressed.
An overview of attachment science and the map for intervention this science offers as provided by Emotionally Focused Therapy
An overview of an attachment perspective on trauma and the unique aspects of working with traumatized couples
Working in session with the escalation/reactivity and the numbing and frozen withdrawal that are part of PTSD
This will consist of didactic presentation, the viewing of DVD’s of EFT sessions and experiential exercises, as well as question and answer and discussion of cases material.
Objectives: Participants will learn how to:
1. Understand the trauma trap – how the echoes of trauma destroy relationships
and relationship breakdown perpetuates traumatic stress
2. Outline the perspective offered by attachment science for treating couples
dealing with trauma – the necessity for relationship intervention
3. Systematically use the interventions of EFT to shape a secure bond that allows
a couple to face trauma together and to face it well.