1.50 CE Credits Available
EFT Masterclass Volume 3: Porn Addiction
by Michael Barnett
In this third demonstration in our EFT masterclass series, Michael Barnett works with Cheyne and Chava, a couple whose relationship has been derailed by the destructive impact of pornography addiction.
Pornography addiction is often pernicious and destabilizing to a relationship, undermining the bonds of intimacy and trust between partners. But by focusing solely on the pornography addiction, a couples therapist can become sidetracked from the immense personal wounding and relational damage that comes with this behavior.

Learn to shift your clinical focus on the attachment roots of couple dysfunction by watching Michael Barnett humanize Cheyne’s pornography use and frame the addiction in EFT terms. As Barnett skillfully analyzes the couple’s distress pattern, you will learn how to stay focused on underlying attachment issues. In the process, you will acquire skills for helping couples you work with strengthen their own bonds of attachment.

What therapists are saying…

“Very helpful in delineating the layers of emotional vulnerability and relational connectedness that are necessary to work through the pain that porn addiction can have on relationships. An informative video for any clinician trying to navigate how to humanize the use of porn as a self-soothing mechanism and help heal the hurt of porn as a competing attachment in couples therapy.”

—Alyssa Gavulic, PhD, Psychotherapist, Niceville, FL
“A wonderful resource for any professional working with couples worried about porn addiction. I appreciated seeing how the therapist created opportunities for the couple to interact and exchange views, which is a big piece of couples work. Great demonstration of techniques you can use to help couples openly discuss their fears and struggles related to porn addiction.”

—Andy Felton, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
“It is beautiful to see how elegantly Barnett creates safety and makes room for vulnerability to help this couple heal some of the hurt they're feeling and experience a bonding moment. Barnett is very structured in his work, weaving the addictive process into the cycle, while working on the significant attachment injury that porn addiction causes. This is such a clear demonstration of EFT in action—working on the cycle, accessing attachment emotion, weaving the addictive process into the cycle and working with an attachment injury—very moving.”

—Dimitrij Samoilow, ICEEFT-certified EFT-trainer and clinical psychologist, Oslo, Norway 
“Couples suffer when a partner turns to pornography, and stops sharing their sexual energy in intimacy. Emotionally Focused Therapy helps couples process the unique attachment injuries caused by porn addiction. Sex therapists and couples’ therapists, along with students and educators will find this video useful.”

—Carlos Del Rio, PhD, Couples and Family Therapist, Assistant Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Bellevue University
In Depth
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Cheyne’s pornography addiction has robbed the couple of their intimacy and security. As a destructive form of infidelity, Cheyne’s addiction has also triggered Chava’s sexual trauma history, leaving her feeling even more vulnerable and abandoned. Their couples therapist reaches out to fellow EFT practitioner and addictions specialist Michael Barnett for help in working with this couple. Barnett’s sensitive, insightful and directive intervention targets the couple’s fragile attachment bond, offering the promise of relational repair, re-connection and growth.

Watch and learn as Barnett seamlessly weaves a variety of EFT techniques together to help Cheyne and Chava find their true emotional voices and the way back to each other. He poignantly demonstrates how to direct emotional conversation and experience and facilitate the enactment and correction of destructive relational patterns. As a result, the couple can focus on and repair attachment injuries to heal their relationship.

Watching and learning from this master clinician will be a boon to your clinical practice with couples facing seemingly insurmountable relationship challenges.  

Length of video: 1:37:45

English subtitles available

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-566-1

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-566-3

Michael Barnett, MA, EdS, LPC is a licensed psychotherapist in Atlanta Georgia with over 30 years of clinical experience. Michael is an ICEEFT (International Center of Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy) certified supervisor and trainer in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT), and is the founder and director of the Atlanta Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. He is also a partner at Pine River Psychotherapy Associates, a highly respected and visionary private practice in Atlanta since its inception in the 1970s. Michael has ardently worked toward integrating traditional and experiential processes in working with addictive disorders. This humanistic, attachment-based work culminated in a system for tailoring the EFT model to more effectively treat couples who present on the addictive continuum. In doing so Michael has made a unique contribution to the existing body of EFT education and training.

CE credits: 1.5

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the ways pornography addiction impacts relationship stability
  • Explain how to integrate EFT into couples work around pornography addiction
  • Create treatment plans that helps couples strengthen their interactive capacities

Bibliography available upon request

This course is offered for ASWB ACE credit for social workers. See complete list of CE approvals here

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Course Reviewed January 2024

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