VISTAS Counseling Veterans and Military Families

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Military-Related PTSD and Working With Couples in Private Practice: Emotion-Focused Therapy, Psychoeducation, and Evolutionary Perspective

Sabina de Vries


The aim of this article is to provide information and treatment suggestions to
mental health services providers who work with couples with trauma-related
problems. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment dropout rates,
evolutionary perspective of PTSD, emotion-focused therapy (EFT), emotionally
focused couples therapy, and psychoeducational strategies are discussed. A
hypothetical case example is provided to illustrate how psychoeducation and
information pertaining to trauma responses and evolution can be integrated with
emotion-focused therapy to work with traumatized persons/couples in a private
practice setting.

Keywords: evolution, emotion-focused therapy, PTSD, psychoeducation

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