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A Guide to Doing Couples Therapy When One Partner Won't Open Up

Kathryn Rheem • 12/26/2017

By Kathryn Rheem - Probably no aspect of couples work is more critical, or more difficult, for therapists than engaging a distant, emotionally shutdown partner. Since the feelings being avoided are often regarded as terrifying, humiliating, and deeply threatening, doing this work is a delicate therapeutic balancing act. It requires moving forward with both gentleness and persistence, without being deflected by clients’ profound unwillingness to become engaged.

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6/20/2017
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SUSAN JOHNSON, ED.D.
 
DANIEL J SIEGEL, M.D.
 
KATHRYN RHEEM, ED.D.
 
TAMMY NELSON, PHD
 
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Connecting with the Shut-down Client

Kathryn Rheem • 7/8/2014

Resonating with clients’ inner experience is key to working effectively with emotion in therapy. With traumatized and shutdown clients, however,  it is easy to talk about, but extremely hard to do.

 

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RONALD D SIEGEL, PSY.D.
 
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TARA BRACH, PH.D.
 
DIANE POOLE HELLER, PHD
 
GARY SMALL, M.D.
 
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Connecting with the Shut-down Client

Helping A Combat Vet Face His Vulnerability

Kathryn Rheem • 5/1/2012

Resonating with clients’ inner experience is key to working effectively with emotion in therapy. With traumatized and shutdown clients, however, it is easy to talk about, but extremely hard to do.

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Proven approaches for attachment issues, addiction, abuse & more
Copyright:
6/20/2017
Authors:
SUSAN JOHNSON, ED.D.
 
DANIEL J SIEGEL, M.D.
 
KATHRYN RHEEM, ED.D.
 
TAMMY NELSON, PHD
 
TERRENCE REAL, LICSW
Product:
NRS001192
Type:
$649.94 USD     $299.99
An Emotionally Focused Approach
Copyright:
3/24/2017
Author:
KATHRYN RHEEM, ED.D.
Product:
RNV052795
Copyright:
3/24/2013
Authors:
SUSAN JOHNSON, ED.D.
 
KATHRYN RHEEM, ED.D.
Product:
RNV046270
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3/21/2013
Authors:
K. ANDERS ERICSSON
 
RONALD D SIEGEL, PSY.D.
 
DAVID BURNS, M.D
 
DON MEICHENBAUM, PH.D.
 
TARA BRACH, PH.D.
 
DIANE POOLE HELLER, PHD
 
GARY SMALL, M.D.
 
SUSAN JOHNSON, ED.D.
 
WILLIAM DOHERTY, PH.D.
 
KATHRYN RHEEM, ED.D.
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RNV045810
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Could You Connect with This Client?

A Guide to Doing Couples Therapy When One Partner Won't Open Up

Kathryn Rheem • 12/26/2017

By Kathryn Rheem - Probably no aspect of couples work is more critical, or more difficult, for therapists than engaging a distant, emotionally shutdown partner. Since the feelings being avoided are often regarded as terrifying, humiliating, and deeply threatening, doing this work is a delicate therapeutic balancing act. It requires moving forward with both gentleness and persistence, without being deflected by clients’ profound unwillingness to become engaged.

Daily Blog

Helping A Combat Vet Face His Vulnerability

Connecting with the Shut-down Client

Kathryn Rheem • 7/8/2014

Resonating with clients’ inner experience is key to working effectively with emotion in therapy. With traumatized and shutdown clients, however,  it is easy to talk about, but extremely hard to do.

 

Daily Blog
Page 1 of 1 (2 Items)

Connecting with the Shut-down Client

Helping A Combat Vet Face His Vulnerability

Kathryn Rheem • 5/1/2012

Resonating with clients’ inner experience is key to working effectively with emotion in therapy. With traumatized and shutdown clients, however, it is easy to talk about, but extremely hard to do.

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Kathryn Rheem, Ed.D., LMFT, Director of the Washington Baltimore Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (WBCEFT) for the last 7 years, has trained hundreds of mental health clinicians in EFT nationally and internationally. She has been a student of EFT since 2002, has been using this empirically-validated approach exclusively in private practice since 2005, and continues to study and learn the model daily. Along with her mentor, Dr. Sue Johnson, originator of EFT, Kathryn’s best teachers of this humanistic, attachment-based model are the couples she works with weekly in private practice.

Together, Sue & Kathryn created Strong Bonds, Strong Couples, LLC, which provided EFT-based weekend retreats for soldiers & marines coming home from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and their partners at military installations in the U.S. and abroad. Kathryn has trained U.S. Army Chaplains & European Regional Medical Command in EFT and consults monthly with the U.S. Veterans Administration.

Kathryn trains and presents EFT regularly at many locations in U.S. including the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, AAMFT Annual Conference, state divisions of AAMFT, and EFT Summit and has taught EFT in Denmark, Sweden, Holland and Germany.

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. In addition to the application of EFT with trauma, Kathryn has a special passion for working with and teaching the Withdrawer Re-engagement process. For her doctoral dissertation, Kathryn completed the first analysis of Withdrawer Re-engagement, and she enjoys teaching clinicians how to come alongside and work with Withdrawers.

Kathryn was voted a Top Couples Therapist in Washington, D.C. by the Washingtonian magazine in December 2012. A clinical fellow and approved supervisor of AAMFT, she has written 9 articles/chapters on the application of EFT.