Case Formulation in Emotion-Focused Therapy: Co-Creating Clinical Maps for Change

Pages: 238
Item #: 4317355
ISBN: 978-1-4338-1820-2
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Publication Date: November 2014
Format: Hardcover
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Emotion-focused therapy (EFT) views clinical disorders as, at base, emotional disorders. Case formulation in EFT represents an organizing framework and a map to help therapists specifically address these emotional problems.

This book presents a detailed, concrete, step-by-step process for constructing an emotion-focused case formulation, ready for use with clients. EFT case formulation focuses on the client's narrative content (the stories they tell) as well as emotional processing (how the client feels).

By attending to the interaction between these two things and paying particular attention to the painful emotion underlying the presenting problem, therapists can make moment-to-moment decisions about how to proceed in therapy. As a result, clients change maladaptive emotions and create more adaptive meaning of events and feelings.

The chapters present each stage of case formulation in depth, followed by case examples that apply the case formulation method to a cross-section of clinical disorders, including depression, anxiety, trauma, and eating disorders.

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction to Case Formulation in Emotion-Focused Therapy

I. Overview and Philosophy of Emotion-Focused Therapy

  1. Fundamentals of Emotion-Focused Therapy
  2. Historical, Epistemological, and Philosophical Underpinnings of Case Formulation in Emotion-Focused Therapy

II. Three Phases of Emotion-Focused Case Formulation

  1. Stage 1: Unfold the Narrative and Observe the Client's Emotional Processing Style
  2. Stage 2: Co-Create a Focus and Identify the Core Emotion
  3. Stage 3: Attend to Process Markers and New Meaning

III. Case Illustrations

  1. Sophie
  2. Jina
  3. Case Formulation Application Charts




About the Authors

Author Bios

Rhonda N. Goldman, PhD, is a professor of clinical psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Schaumburg, and a therapist affiliate of the Family Institute at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she conducts psychotherapy with couples and individuals.

Dr. Goldman has published three books on emotion-focused therapy (EFT) for individuals and couples and numerous chapters and articles establishing and reviewing empirical support for EFT. She practices, teaches, and conducts research on emotional processes and outcomes in EFT and has also written on empathy, vulnerability, depression, couples process, and case formulation.

Dr. Goldman is the current president of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration and has received the Carmi Harari Early Career Award from APA Division 32 (Society for Humanistic Psychology). She is also on the editorial review boards of Psychotherapy Research and Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies.

Dr. Goldman has more than 20 years of experience practicing EFT and training clinicians in practicing EFT.

Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD, is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Psychology at York University in Toronto and director of the Emotion-Focused Therapy Clinic.

Dr. Greenberg has written the major texts in the field on emotion-focused approaches to treatment, and has received the APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contribution to Applied Research, the Distinguished Research Career Award from the International Society for Psychotherapy Research, and the Carl Rogers Award from APA Division 32 (Society for Humanistic Psychology).

He conducts a private practice for individuals and couples and offers training in emotion-focused approaches.

Reviews & Awards

It is no small feat to provide readers with a clear and detailed outline of the core components of emotion-focused case formulation, complete with theory, stages, and application all within one text. Overall, the final result is a text that surely will make a significant contribution to the extant literature for EFT.