Washington Baltimore Center
for EFT

Excellence in training mental health clinicians in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy

Two Day Trauma Training

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

Kathryn & Leanne invite you to join them at one of these upcoming trauma trainings to learn all about the application of EFT when one or both partners is a trauma survivor.

Toronto: October 12th & 13th

Chicago: April 13th & 14th


As we clinicians know, the key to healing trauma is being able to seek 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 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.

Learning Objectives:

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

Some comments from participants of Kathryn’s recent Trauma Training:

“Stellar! Kathryn never disappoints – her efforts to make training predictable, challenging, safe, integrative are so apparent!”

“Kathryn is warm, safe, transparent, and brilliant in her delivery of the EFT model. What a gift…feeling so blessed.”

“Excellent training. You provide so much safety and predictability. You really model the work. Thanks!”

“Amazing training experience. Nothing felt like it wasn’t useful.”

“It was the most genuine EFT training I have attended. The participants were all in the moment and that felt reassuring. I think this is due to the presenter.”

“Kathryn’s presence and honesty was so welcoming and helped my brain and heart engage in the material.”