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How Sharing Emotions Calms the Traumatized Brain and Heart: The Application of EFT with Trauma Couples

  • 08 Apr 2016
  • 09 Apr 2016
  • 2 sessions
  • 08 Apr 2016, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • 09 Apr 2016, 9:30 AM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Preservation Park, 1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612
  • 26

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How Sharing Emotions Calms 
the Traumatized Brain and Heart: 
The Application of EFT with Trauma Couples

Presented by:
Kathryn Rheem, EdD, LMFT, Certified EFT Trainer

As we EFT clinicians know, the key to healing trauma is comfort and protection from a loved one. But for trauma survivors, who usually have no template for safe connection, reaching emotionally to a loved one is fraught with danger. Working intrapsychically to help the trauma survivor reach open-heartedly and the partner respond vulnerably is the focus of this two-day training in the application of EFT with trauma survivor couples.

The HOW of Working Intrapsychically

Emotional dysregulation, known as the hallmark of trauma, scrambles communication, blocks intimacy, and amplifies distress. Working with, privileging and sharing fears often feels like being on a roller coaster in the dark but it’s exactly what is needed to restore connection with self and partner.

In this training, the importance of the clinician’s ability to monitor and respond to client’s moment-to-moment experiences, especially extreme states of numbing, will be highlighted. You will come away with the knowledge of how to work intrapsychically piece-by-piece with each partner in order to create healing between them. Learn how to support the trauma survivor in cultivating courage to reach for comfort and protection (tension between fears and longings) and how to prepare partners to be responsive (an amazing privilege but also an extraordinary pressure for the partner of a trauma survivor). Learn how to stay in the process when clients become activated emotionally, a common outcome of trauma, and when, we, the clinicians, get triggered.

Through teaching, video presentation, and experiential learning, you’ll see how to use voice, reflection, and deepening interventions to help partners make contact, stay in contact in order to distill, and then share vulnerabilities with each other in order to break the familiar yet dreaded feeling of emotional isolation, a common result of enduring trauma.


  • Describe the echoes of trauma and how these echoes block connection.
  • Explain the increased need for connection, especially for those who have endured more than most, from an attachment perspective.
  • Describe the elements of safety needed to do deep emotional work.
  • Practice using prosodic voice tone to send a signal of safety to clients.
  • Practice helping clients send signals of safety to each other.
  • Describe how to evoke client’s intrapsychic experience.
  • Practice by writing out evocative responses to use with clients.
  • Explain the importance of re-processing traumatic events.
  • Describe how to re-process traumatic events.

Kathryn Rheem, EdD, LMFT, is Director of the WBCEFT and a certified EFT therapist, supervisor, and trainer.  She has worked extensively with combat-related trauma and the impacts of high stress on couple relationships. Kathryn presents EFT and the Hold Me Tight Educational Program at many conferences such as the Psychotherapy Networker, AAMFT Annual Conference, Smart Marriages, the EFT Summit, NARME, and trains mental health professionals in EFT many times a year in various locations across the U.S.

Kathryn has trained U.S. Army Family Life Chaplains & European Regional Medical Command in EFT and worked with military service members and their partners at Fort Hood, TX, Camp Lejeune, NC, Fort Belvoir, VA, Fort Leavenworth, KS, and in Germany. Kathryn, along with Dr. Sue Johnson, is the founder and director of Strong Bonds, Strong Couples, LLC, which provides EFT-based weekend retreats for Soldiers & Marines coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan and their partners.

Kathryn conducts EFT trainings internationally, including with the Dutch Defense Ministry and Dutch, Flemish, & German mental health professionals in Holland. A clinical member of AAMFT, she can be contacted at Kathryn@wbceft.com or by calling 703-283-7570.

9:00 AM - Registration/Check In; Mingling with Refreshments
10:00 AM - Training begins
1:00 PM - Catered Lunch 
2:00 PM - Training resumes
4:00 PM - Training ends

9:30 AM - Doors open; Mingling with Refreshments
10:00 AM - Training resumes
1:00 PM - Catered Lunch 
2:00 PM - Training resumes
5:00 PM - Training ends

There will be 15-minute breaks each day at mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

This training is appropriate for licensed and pre-licensed clinicians.

Training level is intermediate.

$275 Pre-licensed Therapist (interns and grad student trainees)

$375 Regular Fee after February 15, 2016 

Continuing Education (CE) credit is available for an additional $25 on any ticket type. 

Payment may be made online, or by check made out to NCCEFT and mailed to:
4096 Piedmont Avenue #327
Oakland CA 94611-5221

Cancellations are subject to a $50.00 processing fee and must be received 14 days prior to the event to be eligible for a refund. For cancellations, please contact ncceft.programs@gmail.com.

Ten (10) hours of CE credit are available to licensed Psychologists, LMFTs and LCSWs for attending this program.

Psychologists:  The Northern California Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NCCEFT) is approved by the CPA OPD to sponsor continuing professional education for psychologists in California. NCCEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content. (Provider # NOR055)

MFTs and LCSWs: The California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists has authorized NCCEFT to provide CEs for LMFT's, LCSW's, and LPCCs, Provider # 93337.

Those who attend this workshop in full and complete the appropriate evaluation will receive CE credits.  Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire workshop.  Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credit.

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