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 ...
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.
Johnson (a psychologist) argues for the value of couple therapy in the recovery of individual trauma survivors, as well as in the strengthening of the relationship as a whole. She outlines a systematic intervention approach designed to modify the interactional patterns that maintain traumatic stress and foster positive emotional bonds. The book combines theoretical innovations, evidence-based techniques, and the lessons of Johnson's own clinical experience. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From The Critics
Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Abbott Laboratories) Description: This book focuses on providing the reader with pertinent and highly valuable systematic treatment approaches in working with couples and trauma related issues within the relationship. Purpose: The purpose is to integrate the recent research on adult attachment, discuss the latest links between attachment and healing, enhance our understanding of the nature of traumatic stress, and promote the clinical interventions needed for couples therapy. The focus of this book is to integrate the relationship the individual suffering from PTSD has with their partner rather than the traditional individual focus on the patient alone. The overall intent of this book is tremendous and the goals are successfully accomplished. Audience: The book is written for students and clinicians of psychology, psychiatry, nursing, and social work. More specifically, couple and family therapists and trauma specialists will find this book to be quite a valuable asset. This book is easily adaptable for graduate level teaching and a solid resource for clinicians. The author is undeniably credible and an authority in her field. Features: The book is well-designed and walks the reader through the current theory and research on PTSD and trauma, provides a strong discussion of assessment and intervention issues and then delves into actual couples therapy. The case examples are supported by the author's insights and knowledge and the appropriate literature. Readers will find the chapters on defeating an anxiety disorder and marital distress, relationship traumas, and therapists who deal with dragons to be especially enlightening. The book is solidly written and a true pleasure to read. Assessment: This beautifully written book encompasses the issues involved in couples therapy with trauma survivors. The material is highly relevant, easy to implement, and a strong source of information for clinicans and researchers. Undoubtedly one of the best books on couples therapy in quite some time.
Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis
"A well balanced book....A very informative book. It held my attention from cover to cover....Johnson ably demonstrated how the couple can be both worked with therapeutically to ameliorate psychological distress and cause the exasperation of distress....Johnson's EFT has most definitely brought another level of awareness, when working with traumatized clients, to the therapeutic table."--Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis
Journal of Trauma Practice
"A significant addition to the trauma treatment literature....Case examples are vivid, interesting, and tackle complex issues. Interventions are similarly detailed and well described....Recommended to all therapists working with couples where one or both members of the couple have suffered trauma."--Journal of Trauma Practice
Relationship Research News
"[Johnson] is an experienced clinician and a gifted writer. Individuals interested in adult attachment processes and the impact of trauma on either individual or relationship functioning, and clinicians committed to intervening with trauma survivors from either an individual or couple perspective, will find this book an invaluable resource."--Relationship Research News
5 Stars! from Doody
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 eft.ca.
I. Trauma in Context: Healing in Attachment Relationships
1. Healing Connections: Expanding the Role of Couple Therapy
2. Trauma and Its Aftermath
3. Attachment and Trauma
II. Clinical Realities: Couple Therapy with Traumatized Couples
6. Couple Therapy to Create a Secure Base for the Treatment of Trauma
7. Defeating an Anxiety Disorder and Marital Distress
8. The Trauma of Physical Illness
9. Couple Therapy with Combat Veterans, Lyn Williams Keeler and Susan M. Johnson
10. Relationship Traumas: Attachment Injuries in Close Relationships
11. Therapists Who Deal with Dragons