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Creating Secure Connection in Couples Therapy: An Emotionally Focused Approach
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Volatile, emotionally escalated clients can be among the most challenging cases couples therapists regularly work with. Such clients can often be set off by seemingly negligible events, making sessions difficult for both partners and their therapist. Typically, core issues of attachment distress are at the heart of these outbursts. Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) offers a clear road map for working with such hard-to-treat couples by helping them access and share primary emotions. In this workshop, you’ll discover how to:

  • Differentiate each partner’s emotions in order to contain reactive emotion and evoke vulnerabilities
  • Recognize and assess each partner’s role in destructive patterns of interaction
  • Restructure couples’ negative patterns and stay in process when they become emotionally activated

Use voice, reflection, and validation to help partners share their deepest vulnerabilities.

 

Kathryn Rheem, EdD, LMFT

Kathryn Rheem, EdD, LMFT, has been using the empirically-validated EFT approach exclusively in private practice for nearly twenty years and continues to study and learn the model daily. She works extensively with couples where one or both partners have endured trauma and has written and presented on the application of EFT with trauma numerous times.

As an international EFT trainer, she collaborates with Dr. Sue Johnson, the primary developer of EFT, to bring EFT to populations worldwide. Together, Sue and Kathryn created Strong Bonds, Strong Couples, LLC, which provided EFT-based weekend retreat for soldiers and Marines coming home from war and their partners at military installations in the US and abroad.

Kathryn is the director of the Washington Baltimore Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. She was voted a Top Couples Therapist in Washington, D.C., by the Washingtonian Magazine. She is a clinical fellow and approved supervisor of AAMFT and has written 15 articles/chapters on the application of EFT with trauma.

 

 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Kathryn Rheem is the director of the Washington Baltimore Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (WBCEFT). She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial:  Kathryn Rheem has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
 


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