Emotion-Focused Therapy: A Clinical Synthesis

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  author={Leslie S. Greenberg},
A summary of an emotion-focused approach to therapy (EFT) and its research base is presented. In this view, emotion is seen as foundational in the construction of the self and is a key determinant of self-organization. People, as well as simply having emotion, also live in a constant process of making sense of their emotions. In EFT, distinctions between different types of emotion provide therapists with a map for differential intervention. Six major empirically supported principles of emotion… 
Humanistic-experiential psychotherapy in practice : emotion-focused therapy
In this chapter, we provide an overview of emotion-focused therapy (EFT), a contemporary humanistic psychotherapy that integrates person-centered, gestalt, and existential approaches. After sketching
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) is an empirically based therapy for individuals, couples and families, which has been developed from humanistic-experiential models of psychotherapy. In this
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Transformative Emotional Sequence: Towards a Common Principle of Change
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“That chair work thing was great”: a pilot study of group-based emotion-focused therapy for anxiety and depression
Preliminary support is provided for the application and further study of group-based EFT for clinical presentations of anxiety and depression and a significant decrease in emotion regulation difficulties is revealed.
Processes and outcomes of an emotion-focused family therapy two-chair intervention for transforming problematic parenting patterns.
Results indicated that most parents experienced significant emotional resolution of their love-based fears and an increase in confidence in supporting their children struggling with mental health issues.
Applying emotion-focused therapy to work with the “anorexic voice” within anorexia nervosa: A brief intervention.
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20 Emotion-focused therapy
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Protection from Dangerous Emotions: Interruption of Emotional Experience in Psychotherapy
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Targeting emotional impact in storytelling: Working with client affect in emotion-focused psychotherapy
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Emotion-focused therapy of depression
ABSTRACT A review of emotion-focused therapy (EFT) of depression including a discussion of its evidence base is provided. EFT aims within an affectively attuned empathic relationship to access and
Emotion in psychotherapy: a practice-friendly research review.
A range of selected treatments from different therapeutic orientations are addressed collectively as different types of emotion-focused, experiential therapies and are compared on the basis of how they work with emotion in session.
Learning Emotion-Focused Therapy: The Process-Experiential Approach to Change
This book provides a user-friendly introduction to emotion-focused treatment, presenting PE emotion theory and the basics of the approach in an organized, streamlined fashion. Furthermore, in the 10
Emotion-Focused Therapy
Emotion-focused therapy (EFT), also known as process-experiential therapy, integrates active therapeutic methods from gestalt and other humanistic therapies within the frame of a person-centred
Efficacy of Emotion Focused Therapy for Adult Survivors of Child Abuse: A Preliminary Study
This study examined the effectiveness of Emotion Focused Therapy with 32 adult survivors (EFT-AS) of childhood abuse (emotional, physical, and sexual). EFT-AS is a 20-week individual psychotherapy
An emotion-focused approach to the overregulation of emotion and emotional pain.
The more complex sequences involved in facing emotional pain are presented, allowing the experience of "brokenness," or a "shattering" of the self, feeling the associated painful emotions, and processing them to completion.
Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy: A Manual of the Experiential Method
Introduction. Focusing and Listening. Dead Ends. Eight Characteristics of and Experiential Process Step. What the Individual Does to Enable an Experiential Step to Come. What a Therapist Can Do to
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy: Status and Challenges
This article presents the basis for, and the research on, emotionally focused couples therapy (EFT), now recognized as one of the most researched and most effective approaches to changing distressed
Emotional processing in experiential therapy: why "the only way out is through.".
Examination of observable moment-by-moment steps in emotional processing as they occurred within productive sessions of experiential therapy produced a model showing global distress, fear, shame, and aggressive anger as undifferentiated and insufficiently processed emotions.
Working With Emotions in Psychotherapy
The authors of this book beautifully describe the hierarchical order of emotions, how to identify specific emotions, and ultimately how to work and restructure the client's relationship to powerful