The Use of EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy)in Couples with PTSD: Healing Relationships in the Shadow of Trauma

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) is an evidence based experiential therapy developed by Sue Johnson, Ed.D. EFT integrates systems theory and humanistic psychology and is based on and guided by attachment theory. The goal of EFT is to reduce distress in the couple relationship and ultimately to create and strengthen attachment bonds. By strengthening these bonds, the couple relationship can become a “safe haven and a secure base” allowing individuals who have suffered trauma to trust and to heal. This full day workshop will review the basic elements of EFT theory and interventions. Participants will gain a greater understanding of this model and its efficacy through didactics, case examples, processing video clips and many opportunities for role playing and live demonstrations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the key elements of emotionally-focused couples therapy
  • Describe the strategies of de-escalation, restructuring the emotional bonds and consolidation of change.
  • Define how the approach is used with couples who deal with issues related to PTSD.
  • Explain the dynamics of attachment, how they play out in marital discord, and how attachment can be used as a source of healing in intimate relationships.

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