Emotion-Focused Therapy provides an introduction to the theory, history, research, and practice of this emotion-centered, humanistic approach. Emotion-focused therapy is a complete theory of human functioning based on the adaptive role of emotion and on a therapy practice founded on the idea that emotional change is central to enduring change.
This therapy emphasizes the awareness, acceptance, understanding, and transformation of emotion, and proposes that emotions themselves have an adaptive potential that, if activated, can help clients to change. Emotion-focused therapists help clients to experience their emotions in the safe setting of therapy so that, rather than avoiding or controlling their feelings, clients learn to use them as a guide to what is important or necessary in their lives.
In this book, Leslie S. Greenberg presents and explores this versatile and useful approach, its theory, history, therapy process, primary change mechanisms, the empirical basis for its effectiveness, and recent developments that have refined the theory and expanded how it may be practiced.
This essential primer, amply illustrated with case examples featuring diverse clients, is perfect for graduate students studying theories of therapy and counseling, as well as for seasoned practitioners interested in understanding how this approach has evolved and how it might be used in their practice.
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- The Therapy Process
- Future Developments
Glossary of Key Terms
About the Author
About the Series Editors
Leslie Greenberg, PhD, is distinguished research professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, Canada, and director of the York University Psychotherapy Research Clinic. He has authored the major texts on emotion-focused approaches to treatment, and his next book is Working With Narrative in Emotion-Focused Therapy (in press).
Dr. Greenberg is a past president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR), and he is a recipient of the SPR Distinguished Research Career Award and the Carl Rogers Award of the American Psychological Association. He conducts a private practice for individuals and couples and offers training in emotion-focused approaches.
- Emotion-Focused Therapy Over Time
Dr. Leslie S. Greenberg demonstrates emotion-focused therapy over the course of six entire sessions.