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Skilled couples therapists recognize that trauma reenactment is almost inevitable and is not a predictor of a bad relationship. In fact, trauma reenactment can be a powerful stimulus for growth.

And how you perceive and address your client’s trauma makes a huge difference.

But it’s a delicate balance.

How do you address past trauma if clients came in for something different?

How do you identify the existence of trauma through subtle cues like inadvertent jabs or intense responses to mild triggers?

And if you have a feeling that unresolved trauma is a source of conflict for the couple, how do you address it individually within the context of couples work?

Recently, I’ve received so many questions about how to support clients through this process that I put together a 90-minute recorded training called Addressing Trauma Through Couples Therapy.

I firmly believe that couples work is uniquely suited to resolve unaddressed, painful trauma. By integrating solid theory and actionable steps, you can set a course of treatment that supports your client’s transformation.

Who am I to make such a promise?

My name is Dr. Ellyn Bader and I have specialized in couples therapy for over 30 years. I founded The Couples Institute in 1984 with my husband, Dr. Peter Pearson. We created The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy, a model that teaches therapists how to diagnose, intervene, and significantly change troubled relationships.

Since 2006, I have led innovative couples therapy training programs online. Professionals from around the world join me through internet, video sessions, and blogs to study The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy: Integrating Attachment, Differentiation, and Neuroscience.

Pete and I are the authors of Tell Me No Lies and In Quest of the Mythical Mate, in addition to many resources published by The Couples Institute.

The 5 Types of Trauma and Couples Therapy

Knowing the 5 types of trauma and then watching for clues of how it is surfacing during sessions is foundational in assessing and addressing trauma within the context of couples therapy.

No matter what combination of the 5 types of trauma your client has endured, clues tend to pop up in sessions that can help you know what’s salient.

In this 90-minute recorded training, I share key concepts, including:

  • How couples therapy is uniquely suited to help trauma survivors develop a voice
  • When and how to address past interpersonal trauma when a couple entered therapy for a different issue
  • Deciding what trauma issues are best treated in individual therapy or couples work
  • Understanding how early developmental trauma impacts couples development
  • The role of shame and how it affects couples development

You have 2 purchase options today:

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Addressing Trauma Through Couples Therapy

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Addressing trauma in couples therapy is very different from trauma work done with individual clients. So, if you’re new at trauma work or if your trauma experience has been exclusively with individuals, knowing how to address the different types will remove roadblocks for you and your couples.

This framework is designed to help therapists seeing couples with trauma as well as therapists seeing individual clients with painful and unresolved issues in their primary relationships.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will this information be overly complex if I have limited experience working with clients exhibiting trauma? +

I’ve carefully designed the presentation into comprehensive and actionable steps. First, I will provide a solid foundation to distinguish the 5 types of trauma. Then we will discuss methods to address the three main types that can best be addressed in couples therapy. Through both theory and examples, you will gain strategies to apply with clients – no matter what your experience level is.

If I already infuse my practice with trauma informed methods, will this webinar benefit me? +

Yes. As a trauma specialist, you will indeed come to the webinar with solid frameworks. If you come with the open mind of a beginner, you will get a good review at the start, and very likely some new information as well. Next, we will move into more nuanced aspects of applying trauma-informed methods from the Developmental Model.

Who else is this webinar for? +
  • Couples therapists who have cases with trauma.
  • Individual therapists who see people that are reporting painful and unresolved issues in their primary relationships.
What specifically will be covered? +
  • How to recognize the 5 types of trauma
  • Identifying clearly what is unresolved for a person in the room
  • Deciding whether the best approach is individual therapy or couples work and collaborating well with other professionals
  • Outlining an organized treatment plan for couples who have past interpersonal trauma between them, in order to set a good pace for the couple to progress
  • When and how to address past interpersonal trauma within a couple if they entered therapy for a different issue
  • Understanding more about how early developmental trauma impacts couples development

You have 2 purchase options today:

Click to watch the 90-minute
recorded training.

Addressing Trauma Through Couples Therapy

Buy Now - $89

Managing the Crisis of Infidelity Webinar and
Addressing Trauma Through Couples Therapy (Recorded)

Buy Now - $136