How Do Couples Cope in the Aftermath of Traumatic Events?

May 26, 2016
Hosted by Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips

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Too often in the aftermath of a traumatic event be it the loss of a child, a natural disaster or the wounds of war, a couple’s relationship becomes the collateral damage of the pain and loss suffered. In this episode, Host Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips will draw upon the book she co-authored with Dr. Dianne Kane, Healing Together: A Couple’s Guide to Coping with Trauma & Post-Traumatic Stress to help couples understand that their relationship can either be the locus of pain or an important source of support and recovery. Dr. Phillips will demystify the stress responses associated with trauma, recognize the different ways that men and women react, and introduce the concept of couple psychological first aid. Drawing upon examples, she will discuss why anger and the disruption of sexual intimacy become common dynamics after trauma and the strategies to use to turn painful disconnection into loving connection again. She welcomes listeners to call and join the discussion.

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Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips

Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips

Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips has been a practicing psychologist, psychoanalyst, group therapist and professor for over 35 years. She is the co-author of three books and over 40 articles and chapters. Most recently, she co-authored "Healing Together: A Couple’s Guide to Coping with Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress." She has written and presented on a wide range of topics including couples, marriage, divorce, trauma, teens, bullying, pets, military, managing stress, infidelity, sexual violence, bereavement and building resilience. Her work has been recognized with awards such as The Suffolk County Psychological Association Psychologist of the Year Award, The Rutgers University GSAPP Lifelong Distinguished Achievement Award, and The American Group Psychotherapy Association Social Responsibility Award. She has given testimony before Congress for the needs of military families. Suzanne is a weekly blogger for Psych Central with over 340 original blogs. She has also blogged for This Emotional Life on PBS, has appeared on television programs such as Fox 5 Good Day New York and Good Day Street Talk. She has been a radio guest on many shows including Military Mom Talk Radio,Tom Matt’s Boomer Rock and NPR. From 2013- 2015, Suzanne hosted Psych Up on CoSozo radio and on WMIQ 1450 AM in Michigan. Starting in 2015, her show, "Psych Up Live," airs globally on VoiceAmerica and has had 140 episodes, available as podcasts on VoiceAmerica, iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher,etc.

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