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The impact of Trauma on a Couple Relationship

The impact of Trauma on a Couple Relationship

Many couples present to a session wanting help because of a lack of connection and intimacy with each other. When a traumatic incident has occurred, working through intimacy issues can be more complex and overwhelming for the couple and Therapist alike. At times there can be a dynamic where one person in the couple has higher needs in response to the trauma. Sessions can become easily unbalanced and neutrality can be difficult to maintain. 

This presentation examines common themes when a partner has experienced a traumatic incident or systemic trauma has occurred. Common pitfalls for the Therapist are examined and ways to move through these will be presented. Practical application of genogram work using a case study are used to highlight these ideas with interaction from participants encouraged.

Conference: AAFT
Areas of Interest / Categories: AAFT 2015, Healing, Intimacy, Relationship Issues, Trauma

AAFT 2015

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