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About the Video:
In Emotionally Focused Therapy With Couples, Leslie S. Greenberg demonstrates his affect-centered approach to working with couples. In this session, Dr. Greenberg works with a couple in their 20s who have been married for 2 years and live with the female partner's family. During the session, the focus shifts from problems with her family to problems with the couple's relationship. By focusing on the couple's problems, Dr. Greenberg helps them to begin to reveal their underlying emotions to each other in order to change their negative interactional pattern.
Running time: over 100 minutes; closed-captioned.
About the Approach:
Emotion-focused therapy (EFT) focuses on the emotional bond between a couple and on each partner's emotional experience, attachment longings, needs, and fears as well their needs for validation of their identities. EFT strives to uncover how each partner reacts emotionally to events that cause negative interactional patterns.
About the Therapist:
Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD, is a professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is the director of the York University Psychotherapy Research Clinic.
He has co-authored major texts on emotion-focused approaches to treatment of individuals and couples. His most recent book is Emotion-Focused Therapy: Coaching Clients to Work Through Their Feelings (2001). He recently co-edited Empathy Reconsidered (1997) and the Handbook of Experiential Psychotherapy.
Dr. Greenberg is a founding member of the Society of the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) and a past president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR). He is on the editorial board of a number of psychotherapy journals, including the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration and the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.