Addiction Treatment and Couples Therapy: Using Emotionally Focused Therapy to Strengthen Sobriety
Even the most talented couples therapists are often unprepared to handle the explosive impasses and icy freeze-outs that present themselves when toxic addictive processes permeate already unstable relationships. The traditional “sledgehammer” approach of harsh, shame-based confrontation only tends to fuel the problem. And behavioral and insight-oriented interventions rarely get to the heart of the pain and shame at the root of addictive processes. Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), however, leverages an innate pull toward connection and belonging that motivates people to reach for their partner to regulate emotional pain, rather than reaching for substances. In this workshop, you’ll discover how to:
Michael Barnett, MA, EdS, LPC, is the founder and director of the Atlanta Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. He’s an ICEEFT Certified Trainer and implements cutting-edge attachment-informed approaches to treat addiction.
Financial: Michael Barnett maintains a private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Michael Barnett is a member of the Licensed Professional Counselor’s Association and the American Mental Health Counselor’s Association.