In Emotion-Focused Therapy for Depression, Dr. Leslie S. Greenberg demonstrates his unique approach to treating depression. Emotion-focused therapy centers on helping the client to express emotions more easily and thus release unprocessed feelings and thoughts so that they may be dealt with openly. In the case of depression, having "feelings turned outward" can undo the disorder by giving access to previously untapped resilience in the client.
In this session, Dr. Greenberg works with a young single mother who, because of her habit of self-criticism and perfectionism, is beginning to show signs of serious depression. Dr. Greenberg helps the client to release her emotions about her need for perfection as well as her unvoiced feelings about her overly critical mother. This two-session tape is a powerful example of emotion-focused therapy featuring insightful discussions with Dr. Greenberg.