602 The Power of Emotion

Susan JohnsonKathryn RheemSusan Johnson & Kathryn Rheem • Sunday All Day
Ironically, for a field so focused on dealing with the emotional life, we psychotherapists are often intimidated by the raw power of clients’ feelings. All too frequently, we try to bypass or contain emotion, rather than actively using it for change. This workshop will teach you how to utilize clients’ deepest emotional reserves as a positive force for shaping growth and transformation. You’ll learn to identify and differentiate between primary emotions (deep feelings that expose our vulnerability, leading us to conceal them for self-protection) and secondary emotions (the defensive emotional wall we create around ourselves, precisely so others won’t detect the easily triggered emotions within). We’ll then explore specific techniques and strategies to help clients begin to break down those defensive walls and become less fearful of displaying vulnerability and gaining access to primary emotions. Through case histories and discussion, you’ll gather insights into how this corrective emotional process works, step by step.

Susan Johnson, Ed.D., one of the originators of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), is the director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute. Her latest book is Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love.

Kathryn Rheem, Ed.D., a certified EFT Trainer, is director of the Washington Baltimore Center for EFT.

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