Working With Traumatized Partners

How is relationship repair different for traumatized couples? (check all correct answers.)

How is emotion contained; for example, in a flashback that occurs in a session? (For an example, see the excerpt in JMFT, 1998, 24, p. 24.)

How does the EFT therapist deal with recurring shame and self-blame responses? (Self-blame mediates adjustment in CAS survivors)

With this couple in this session the EFT therapist is likely to:

Write out the text of the answer you have chosen above. What would you say?

As an EFT therapist give three responses you might make at this point:

At the end of Stage 2 of EFT, what kind of corrective emotional dialogue does the therapist want to help Ed and Jane structure? What will it look like? Write out the ideal dialogue/set of responses. Begin with the therapist structuring it, as in “Can you tell her/him…”

The fact that Ed, in a moment of doubt after questioning by the police, accused Jane of wanting sex with the rapist was an attachment injury—a moment that continues to define the relationship as dangerous. How might you frame this injury and its impact on the relationship to the couple (how might Ed found himself doing this—how would Jane have heard it, how does it constrain their present interactions?):

The EFT therapist views depression as:

The EFT therapist will then naturally put a partner’s depression in the context of __________ and __________.

In the first stage of EFT, depressive responses are placed in the context of:

In the second stage of EFT, depressive responses evolve into:

By the end of the EFT process, the changes (expressed below in client statements) that will logically impact depression as we understand it are: