We will be viewing a portion of this video, in which Sue Johnson works with a couple on the brink of divorce. Leslie says she can’t take Scott’s explosive temper anymore; Scott says he thinks Leslie sees him as “just a mean and nasty guy.” Johnson helps Leslie communicate that it is not Scott she can’t be close to, but his temper that keeps her away. As Johnson helps Scott explore “softer” emotions hidden underneath his anger, the couple discovers how difficult it is to traverse this foreign territory. Nonetheless, Johnson’s persistent and gentle coaching helps them to take risks and begin to connect in ways they’ve never experienced before, providing a spark of hope that they can reverse their downward spiral.
Discussant and facilitator: Jodi Ames-Frankel, Ph.D., Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor
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