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.
Susan M. Johnson, EdD, is Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Canada; Distinguished Research Professor in the Marital and Family Therapy Program at Alliant International University in San Diego; Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (www.iceeft.com); and Director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute. Widely published, she is the leading developer of emotionally focused therapy, which she teaches extensively in North America and internationally. Dr. Johnson is a recipient of honors including the Order of Canada--the highest civilian award given by the Canadian government, for outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation--and the Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research Award from the American Family Therapy Academy. Her website is www.drsuejohnson.com.
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 4. Assessment 5. Interventions 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