408 508 Standing in the Storm Part 1 & Part 2: Working with Emotion in Couples Therapy
Saturday All-Day: Two Part
Emotion is the organizing force in couples’ relationships and the great motivator in couples’ therapy. . .
But staying present with couples when emotions are high, volatile, and unpredictable is often difficult for therapists, taking them far beyond their comfort zone. In this workshop, we’ll explore Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, a clinical model based on attachment theory and neuroscience that explains relationships as a special emotional bond that we’re wired to need. You’ll learn a method for understanding, evoking, and regulating emotion during therapy, without feeling overwhelmed. We’ll discuss how to provide a safe framework by reflecting, validating, and unpacking emotion, to help couples listen to their feelings and ultimately communicate their needs in ways that enable them to tune in--rather than tuning out--what the other is saying. (This session will continue with Workshop 508.)Susan Johnson, Ed.D.,
one of the originators of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, is the director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute and of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Her latest book is Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love