Dr Bruno CayounDirector | Trainer | Researcher
Dr Bruno Cayoun is a clinical and research psychologist and principal developer of Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT). He is the founder and Director of the MiCBT Institute, a leading provider of MiCBT training and professional development to mental health services and professional associations internationally since 2003.
Bruno keeps a private practice in Hobart, Australia, undertakes mindfulness research at the MiCBT Institute, and regularly cooperates on mindfulness-based research with various universities in Australia and abroad. He has practised mindfulness meditation in the Burmese Vipassana tradition of Ledi Sayadaw, U Ba Khin and S. N. Goenka and undergone intensive training in France, Nepal, India, and Australia since 1989.
Bruno is the author of three books, including Mindfulness-integrated CBT: Principles and Practice (Wiley, 2011), Mindfulness-integrated CBT for Well-Being and Personal Growth: Four Steps to Enhance Inner Calm, Self-Confidence and Relationships (Wiley, 2015) and co-author of The Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness‐integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Wiley, 2018). His mindfulness training audio instructions are used worldwide in various languages, and he is the principal developer of validated questionnaires, including the Short Progress Assessment , the Mindfulness-based Self Efficacy Scale, and co-developer of the Equanimity Scale 16.
Masterclass 17: Using MiCBT with Couples
Therapists who work with adults and older teens do their best to address the client’s symptoms, yet these symptoms may be triggered, reinforced and maintained through relationships. Having skills to address relationship issues is, therefore, very helpful.
There are several methods for doing therapy with couples. One of the difficulties frequently encountered with standard approaches is that changes tend to remain at the cognitive and emotional levels of a more fundamental issue. Personality traits, childhood trauma, social dynamics, and sexual preferences remain important barriers to genuine and productive change for many couples. Unless a degree of neuroplasticity occurs, these deeply rooted causes tend to reactivate relationship dissatisfaction and discord. MiCBT is a helpful approach to addressing relationship difficulties. It offers a means of rapid yet deep transformation by allowing a sufficient degree of brain reorganisation to allow the profound changes needed for the couple.
This masterclass will describe three principal ways MiCBT can be implemented with couples. This masterclass will explain how to address important psychodynamic principles using schema-related interoceptive desensitisation. It will also highlight the potential traps that we need to recognise and avoid. These include differentiating what constitutes a conflict of interest from what does not and the understated yet frequently occurring trap of transference when working with couples. This masterclass can also benefit you personally if you are in a relationship.
You will learn:
- How to use MiCBT to resolve problems that are not about the relationship but do create relationship issues
- How to use MiCBT when both partners want to resolve problems in the relationship.
- How to use MiCBT when at least one person wants to separate.
- How to identify a conflict of interest and the traps of transference.
- How to address important psychodynamic principles using schema-related interoceptive desensitisation in MiCBT.