Through Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), clients learn to rule their emotions, instead of letting their emotions rule them. With guidance from a skilled EFT therapist to help them identify, experience, accept, and tolerate difficult emotions, people can learn to regulate, explore, make sense of, transform, and flexibly manage their emotions. As a result, they become more skilled in responding adaptively to situations as they arise.
EFT therapists help individuals and couples engage in productive emotional processing. They also offer methods to help clients become aware of their emotional needs. In this book readers will learn to:
- conceptualize clients' core emotions in order to form a focus of therapy
- guide clients through the process of emotional change, and
- structure therapy in an ongoing fashion, recognize key emotional markers, and facilitate the tasks needed to move to the next phase.
This handbook offers a comprehensive tour of EFT research and applications for all common mental health issues including depression, anxiety, interpersonal trauma, personality disorders, and eating disorders.
Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD, is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Psychology at York University in Toronto. He has authored and coauthored the major texts on emotion-focused approaches to treatment, including the original books Emotion in Psychotherapy (1986) and Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (1988) and, more recently, Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy: The Dynamics of Emotion, Love, and Power (2008); Emotion-Focused Therapy: Theory and Practice (2010); Case Formulation in Emotion-Focused Therapy (2015); and Emotion-Focused Therapy for Generalized Anxiety (2017). He received the 2004 Distinguished Research Career Award of the International Society for Psychotherapy Research as well as the 2012 APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contribution to Applied Research. He conducts a private practice and trains people in emotion-focused approaches.
Rhonda N. Goldman, PhD, is a professor and a clinical psychology faculty member at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Schaumburg, and an affiliate psychotherapist at the Family Institute at Northwestern University, where she practices emotion-focused therapy (EFT) for both individuals and couples. Dr. Goldman received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from York University in Toronto, Canada. She teaches psychotherapy and conducts research on EFT for couples, emotional processes, empathy, vulnerability, depression, and self-soothing. She is the 2011 recipient of the Carmi Harari Early Career Award from APA Division 32 (Society of Humanistic Psychology). She is past-president of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration and a cofounding board member of the International Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy. Dr. Goldman travels internationally, conducting trainings and workshops in EFT for both individuals and couples.