2020 Salt Lake City UCAP Conference


What is Your Partner REALLY Saying? Using the Language of Empathy to Crack the Code of Communication in Recovery

Trying to navigate a relationship in the midst of addiction and betrayal is a complicated and difficult process. This presentation is designed to help couples who are striving to rebuild trust, connection, and intimacy as a part of their recovery process. Participants will learn some common pitfalls and patterns of communication that many couples fall into and how to recognize those things in their own lives. The principles of empathy, vulnerability, boundaries, and intimacy will be experienced and discussed. Several applicable tools and practices based on these principles will be taught.


Tyler Patrick is the clinical director for Addo Recovery in Logan, Utah and is cofounder of love-strong.org. As a marriage and family therapist, Tyler has dedicated his career to mastering an understanding of recovery from sexual addiction and betrayal trauma. He believes that the men and women who embrace and live the principles of recovery do far more than get their lives back; they become the best kinds of husbands and wives, fathers and mothers. He has been married for 18 years to an incredible woman and is a father to four amazing daughters. Tyler’s hobbies away from work include supporting his children’s interests, fly fishing, backpacking, and training Rooster (his German shorthair pointer).

Brannon Patrick is the co-owner and CEO of Therapy Utah. He has treated almost every kind of addiction in every setting. Through his years of clinical work, he has received specialized training in addiction recovery and betrayal trauma recovery. He is a writer, blogger, Youtuber, and podcaster. He is known as “The Expert” on his popular podcast The Betrayed, The Addicted, & The Expert. He has developed several group systems and programs for addiction recovery and betrayal trauma recovery. He is the cocreator of the LIFT program for sexual addiction and betrayal trauma.

As a creator of healing programs and with his extensive professional experience treating betrayal trauma and addiction, he likes to challenge what’s not working and push people toward peace and healing. He runs advanced “mastermind” recovery groups that tackle the underlying issues. Even if what he has to say may not be popular, he’s willing to go there if it will help someone heal. He believes that healing is found only through finding truth. When not working you’ll probably find him wrestling with his kids, flirting with his beautiful wife, disciplining his dog, or fishing in Ketchikan, Alaska.

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