A Discussion of Family Therapy for Military Families

emotionally focused family therapy for military families. an interview with Con Sheehan, LCSW on attachment parenting

Con Sheehan, LCSW does attachment-based EFFT, Emotionally Focused Family Therapy in Reno. Con was recently a guest on the Communicate and Connect Podcast.

Ep. 50 with Con Sheehan on Emotionally Focused Family Therapy

In The Communicate and Connect Podcast for Military Relationships, marriage counselor Dr. Elizabeth Polinsky explains relationship science and discusses educational tips for improving your relationship and navigating military family life.

From Dr. Polinsky: “In this podcast you’ll find insights into how children cope with feelings of caregiver inaccessibility and how this can influence their behavior and life choices, including the risks of substance use. We also discuss specific challenges faced by military families, such as managing parental roles during deployment and the unique stresses that can impact both children and parents.

To aid our understanding, Con shares examples from his practice, focusing on creating a family environment where each member’s needs are understood and met. We’ll emphasize the importance of repair, availability, and intentional parenting—even discussing how therapy, even short-term, can be instrumental for families.”

Click here to learn more about family therapy in Reno with Con and his colleagues at Emotional & Relationship Health Counseling Associates.

“The Science of Relationships: Healing, Emotion, & Connection with Drs. Sue Johnson & Jim Furrow”

Drs. Sue Johnson and Jim Furrow discuss attachment and improving relationships, with Pam King

With & For“, a podcast hosted by Dr. Pam King.

This is a wonderfully warm and informative program where Sue and Jim discuss the core importance of relationship, and improving relationship. The following topics are covered:

• Living in a way this is, “fully alive.”

• How to bring together the spectrum of emotional realities with our lived experience

• Today’s loneliness epidemic; what to do about it

• The importance of empathy and caring in the healing process

• What is attachment science? And, the role of attachment figures in thriving relationships

• Improving relationships: therapeutic and relational practices that lead to security, a sense of worth, and competence in life.

From the show host: “Our society doesn’t want to hear about how interdependent we are—doesn’t want to hear that if we want to thrive, we have to put people first and we have to create community. And people need connection with others like they need oxygen. If you create a world where that connection isn’t very available or it all happens on a screen, you are going to have huge problems. You are going to have huge problems with depression, anxiety, suicide, emptiness—people are going to make terrible choices.” (Sue Johnson) We need each other. We are relational beings, and our thriving—or languishing—often hinges on relationships. In this episode, psychologists Sue Johnson and Jim Furrow not only explain why relationships are so important, they offer practical advice on how to pursue healing, emotional regulation, and lasting thriving in all kinds of relationships. Sue Johnson is the creator of Emotionally Focused Therapy, the gold standard in tested, proven interventions of couples and author of many books including Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love. Jim Furrow is a marriage and family therapist and an internationally renowned trainer of Emotionally Focused Therapy. This conversation goes from profound to practical, covering the biological and psychological science to explain why belonging gives way to becoming. We discuss the rampant emptiness and loneliness, fear, and depression people today experience and the connection between relationships and a sense of meaning in life. Sue and Jim also provide a framework for how to understand your attachment style and the way it impacts your relational health. And they discuss the practical ways we can grow and change so that we can engage in and sustain fulfilling and life giving relationships.”

Our EFT relationship therapists in Reno will help you learn more about improving relationships. Contact us for a free consultation.

Attachment and Wellness

Cornelius Sheehan, LCSW discusses the relationship between healthy attachment and overall wellness

Podcast Interview: “Cultivating Healthy Bonds: Insights from Attachment Theory and Emotionally Focused Therapy”

Attachment and Wellness are Inseparable

Feeling connected and important to others is essential for our overall well-being. Simply put, attachment and wellness are inseparable. Therapists use Attachment theory and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a primary application of this theory, to provide significant insights into developing healthy connections.

What is Attachment Theory?

Attachment theory, initially developed by John Bowlby and furthered by Mary Ainsworth, posits that the bonds formed in early childhood have profound effects on our emotional development and interpersonal relationships throughout life. This theory has evolved to encompass adult relationships, recognizing that the need for secure attachments extends well beyond childhood. In therapy, understanding how individuals cope with feelings of disconnection, with threat to security – is key to addressing various emotional and relational challenges.

The Role of Emotionally Focused Therapy in Enhancing Relationship Bonds

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), an attachment-based model of treating couples families and individuals, is a short-term form of therapy that focuses on adult relationships and attachment/bonding. It helps individuals understand their emotional responses and patterns in relationships. EFT is a highly-effective, gold standard couples therapy. It encourages partners to express their emotions and needs more openly and empathetically, fostering stronger, more secure relational bonds.

The integration of attachment theory and EFT in therapeutic practices has proven instrumental in promoting mental wellness. By addressing the underlying attachment needs and emotional patterns, therapists can help individuals and couples develop healthier, more fulfilling relationships. This, in turn, contributes significantly to overall mental health and wellness.

Cornelius enjoys discussing the relationship of healthy interpersonal bonds to overall wellness, i.e. attachment and wellness, with Heather Haslem, the Senior Project Coordinator for Workforce Development at the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) at the University of Nevada, Reno. Heather trained at Duke University as an Integrative Health Coach. She is a National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC). Heather also brings expertise as a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and yoga instructor.

#attachment #emotionalwellness



Betrayals and Other Violations of Trust

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Introduction to Healing from Affairs Podcast

Seeking healing from an affair is a complex and emotionally taxing journey, often serving as a catalyst for couples to seek counseling. The experience of betrayal, particularly through an affair, can deeply shake the foundations of a relationship, leaving individuals feeling a mix of shock, confusion, and a desperate need to find stable ground again. EFT Supervisor Kelly Bourque, LMFT, brings a wealth of knowledge and empathy to this sensitive topic. She shares her extensive experience in helping couples navigate the tumultuous path of healing from an affair, emphasizing the importance of rebuilding trust and fostering a renewed sense of safety in the relationship.

The hosts of That Relationship Show Podcast recently focused on this topic in an episode featuring EFT therapist Kelly Bourque, LMFT. Drawing on Dr. Leanne Campbell’s definition of trauma as “something that would overwhelm anyone’s resources,” they delve into the concept of Betrayal Trauma. This framework is particularly relevant in understanding the profound trauma response triggered when trust is broken by an affair. The podcast explores how our coping mechanisms can be completely overwhelmed in such situations. Herein, underscoring the intense need for individuals to re-establish what is real and safe in their world. This episode is a treasure trove of insights. It offers listeners not only an understanding of the psychological impact of affairs but also practical advice for those embarking on the journey of healing from an affair. It’s a resource that provides both clarity and comfort to those whose world has been turned upside down by betrayal. In doing so, highlighting the possibility of recovery and the rekindling of trust in a relationship that has been deeply wounded.

Get Relationship Counseling Near You for Affair Recovery

If you are in the wake of an affair or other type of betrayal, we can help. Our therapists in Reno have specialized training in helping couples and individuals heal from the trauma of betrayal. Contact us at 775-235-2205 for a free consultation with one of our therapists at Emotional & Relationship Health Associates.

Unveiling the Attachment Science view of Emotional and Sexual Intimacy: A Conversation with Dr. Sue Johnson on The Knowledge Project


We highly recommend this special episode of ‘The Knowledge Project’ with Shane Parrish, a platform dedicated to unearthing profound insights and wisdom to enrich our lives. Shane conducts an exclusive interview with relationship expert Dr. Sue Johnson on building intimacy. Dr. Johnson is a renowned clinical psychologist and the primary creator of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). In this episode, Shane and Sue delve into the intricacies of creating, protecting, and nourishing fulfilling sexual and emotional relationships.

About Dr. Sue Johnson

A Trailblazer in Relationship Therapy

Relationship expert Dr. Sue Johnson, a distinguished figure in the world of psychology, has dedicated her career to exploring the realms of romantic relationships and attachment theory. Her pioneering work in developing Emotionally Focused Therapy has provided profound insights into the way couples interact and bond.

The Genesis of Emotionally Focused Therapy

EFT, founded by Dr. Johnson, stands out as a highly effective approach to couples therapy. It emphasizes emotional bonding and addresses patterns that can lead to distress in relationships. The therapy has a remarkable success rate and is backed by substantial research.

Core Principles of Emotionally Focused Therapy

Understanding Emotional Responsiveness

Dr. Johnson’s approach revolves around the idea that emotional responsiveness is key to a strong relationship. She explains how partners can become more attuned to each other’s emotional needs and responses.

The Role of Vulnerability

Vulnerability is a cornerstone of deep emotional connection. Dr. Johnson discusses how opening up and expressing one’s true feelings can strengthen the bond between partners.

Navigating Conflicts

Conflict is inevitable in any relationship. Dr. Johnson offers insights into managing disagreements constructively and turning them into opportunities for growth and understanding.

Building and Sustaining Relationships

The Foundation of Trust and Security

Trust and security are the bedrocks of any lasting relationship. This segment explores how couples can build and maintain these essential elements.

Communication: The Key to Connection

Effective communication is vital in relationships. Dr. Johnson provides practical advice on how couples can improve their communication skills to enhance understanding and intimacy.

The Importance of Intimacy

Intimacy, both emotional and sexual, is crucial for a fulfilling relationship. Relationship expert, Dr. Sue Johnson delves into the ways couples can deepen their intimacy and maintain it over time.

Practical Advice for Couples and Individuals

Strategies for Nurturing Relationships

Listeners will gain valuable strategies for nurturing their relationships, including exercises and practices that can be incorporated into daily life.

Tips for Singles

Dr. Johnson also offers advice for singles on preparing for a healthy, fulfilling relationship in the future.

Overcoming Relationship Challenges

The episode covers common challenges in relationships and how to overcome them, drawing from Dr. Johnson’s extensive experience in therapy.


In this enlightening conversation with Dr. Sue Johnson, ‘The Knowledge Project’ brings forward essential insights into the art of building and sustaining fulfilling relationships. Whether you are in a relationship or single, this episode is a treasure trove of wisdom on love, connection, and emotional health.

We practice Emotionally Focused Therapy as developed by Dr. Sue Johnson. Reach out for a free consultation to talk about building deeper, more meaningful relationships in your life.

Therapy Chat

Laura Reagan, LCSW-C, Psychotherapist, Burnout Prevention Consultant, and Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator interviews guests to discuss holistic and alternative approaches used in psychotherapy, counseling, coaching, and healing sessions. Be a fly on the wall as therapists discuss the practice of psychotherapy and how they implement self-care into their own lives to prevent therapist burnout. Conversations about mindfulness, self-compassion, The Daring Way™, EMDR, art therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, other somatic methods, trauma, parenting, attachment will get you thinking deeply about therapy and the universal experience of being human, with all the joy and pain that entails.

Foreplay RST

This podcast features our EFT colleagues and friends: nationally-acclaimed sex therapist, author, and blogger, co-host Laurie Watson, PhD, LMFT talking with co-host George Faller, LMFT – global leader in couples therapy, author, and supervisor & trainer in Emotionally Focused Therapy about the vital topics of sexuality, marriage, eroticism, and committed partnership. With decades of counseling experience for each of them, these two internationally-known therapists bring you concrete tools for your relationship.

Iconic Emotionally Focused Therapy Developer, Dr. Sue Johnson — How to Improve Sex and Crack the Code of Love

In this compelling podcast episode, Tim Ferriss interviews Dr. Sue Johnson, an acclaimed expert in emotionally focused therapy for improved sex and the developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Dr. Johnson, renowned for her innovative contributions to psychology, delves into how this therapy enhances emotional connections and intimacy in relationships.

Emotionally Focused Therapy, a brainchild of Dr. Johnson, has transformed our understanding of emotional bonds and their role in relationships. This conversation focuses on the key principles of EFT and its significant impact on improving relationship dynamics, especially in the context of emotionally focused therapy for improved sex. Dr. Johnson elucidates how focusing on emotional connections can profoundly enhance intimacy and sexual relationships.

In their engaging dialogue, Dr. Johnson and Tim Ferriss explore the complex nature of love and how understanding emotional patterns can lead to more fulfilling relationships. Dr. Johnson provides actionable insights on how couples can utilize emotionally focused therapy for improved sex to deepen their connection, emphasizing the necessity of emotional safety for a rewarding sexual experience.

Listeners will gain invaluable insights into navigating modern relationship challenges, learning strategies to cultivate deeper connections. The discussion also covers how vulnerability plays a crucial role in strengthening intimacy and overcoming obstacles to a satisfying sexual life.

This podcast is not just beneficial for couples but also for individuals seeking to understand the nuances of human emotions and connections better. Dr. Johnson’s expertise, coupled with Tim Ferriss’s engaging interview approach, offers a captivating and informative listening experience.

Tune into this fascinating podcast to explore the transformative power of Emotionally Focused Therapy in cracking the code of love and significantly enhancing sexual intimacy through emotional understanding and connection.