Attachment theory has profoundly altered our understanding of how early childhood injuries negatively affect clients throughout their lives.
But the theory offers little guidance on how to recognize and address attachment issues underlying other problems.
In this video clip, Susan Johnson shows how attachment issues can interfere with a couple’s ability to be intimate, and she offers concrete, practical guidance about what therapists can do to identify and address those issues in ways that lead to stronger emotional bonds.
Susan Johnson directs the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute and the International Center for Excellence in EFT. This clip is taken from her session in our attachment video course:
When Attachment is The Problem
This Series provides a range of answers you can put to use in your work from the leaders in developing attachment-based psychotherapy. These lively conversations that will expand your depth, range, and effectiveness as a therapist. You’ll learn to:
- Identify when a client is suffering from attachment-based issues
- Assess more accurately your clients’ different attachment styles and how to best address each one
- Better tune into the powerful nonverbal dimension of therapy, including cues from clients and your own nonverbal communication
- Create a safe environment for clients that enables you to establish a deeper therapeutic connection
- Apply the principles of Attachment Theory with couples, children, and families as well as pain and trauma sufferers
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