By Candice M. Monson PhD, Steffany J. Fredman PhD

Presenting an evidence-based remedy for within which one or either companions be afflicted by posttraumatic rigidity ailment (PTSD), this step by step handbook is full of sensible scientific information and instruments. The remedy is punctiliously based to handle either PTSD indicators and linked courting problems in a time-limited framework. it really is grounded in state of the art wisdom approximately interpersonal features of trauma and its therapy. specified consultation outlines and therapist scripts facilitate the full technique of evaluate, case conceptualization, and intervention. In a large-size layout for simple photocopying, the booklet contains 50 reproducible handouts and forms.

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For example, in Session 4, couples learn the skill of channel checking to differentiate between conversations focused on sharing thoughts and feelings versus trying to solve a problem or make a decision. , “PTSD makes me think that I can’t trust anybody, and that makes me feel sad and angry”). , “If I go to the movies with Jake, I will be attacked”). : • Unified and curious as a couple as you join together in collaborative empiricism. , “If I go to the movies with Jake, I will be attacked,” with a corresponding feeling of fear).

To promote OOSA adherence and decrease the likelihood of spending too much time on the couple’s most recent conflict, the clinician should begin each session with an inquiry about how the OOSAs went. This will help focus the session and reinforce the value placed on OOSA completion. The therapist should be sure to review the couple’s written work and praise them for any efforts, even if small in nature, and determine with the couple any areas in need of troubleshooting to improve the efficacy of the interventions.

Special attention is paid to the selection of in vivo approach activities that will address behavioral and experiential avoidance and concurrently double as shared rewarding activities. For example, a couple who has avoided restaurants because crowded places serve as a trigger for the PTSD-identified partner would first be asked to go the restaurant during the week in the early afternoon when it is unlikely to be crowded, then go on a weeknight evening, and ultimately to go on a Saturday night while the patient sits with his or her back against the wall in order to decrease PTSD-related hypervigilance.

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