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Facilitating Emotional Change: The Moment-by-Moment Process
Greenberg, Leslie S., Laura N. Rice and Robert Ell
Guilford Publications / Softcover / 1996-12-01 / 1572302011
Person-Centered and Experiential Therapy & Counsel / Psychotherapy
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While emotions are often given a negative connotation people are described as being 'too emotional' or as needing to 'control their emotions' the authors of this volume argue that, to the contrary, emotions are organizing processes that enhance adaptation and problem solving. Within an experiential therapy framework, they show how to work with moment-by-moment emotional processes to resolve various psychological difficulties.The first two sections of the book provide an introduction and lay the theoretical groundwork for the treatment manual that follows. The process experiential approach to treatment is presented, followed by an explication of the interrelationships among emotion, cognition, and change that results in a powerful, clinically relevant theory of human functioning. The third section, a detailed treatment manual, outlines the general principles and methods of therapy and provides step-by-step directions for six specific types of interventions. Excerpts from actual transcripts exemplify the various methods, illuminating the moment-by-moment process for both the client and the therapist.


“A very impressive book. It is practical, makes a significant contribution to theory building in psychotherapy, and is research based....contributes significantly to our understanding of the psychotherapy process. Readers with a hypnotherapeutic orientation, who traditionally explore with clients the domain where emotion, cognition, and behavior intersect, should find a treasure of concepts and practical interventions to extend their therapeutic repertoire.”

—American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

“Building on the experiential theories of psychotherapy developed by Rogers and Perls, as well as their own extensive work, Greenberg, Rice, and Elliott have written a highly sophisticated text. A valuable and unique feature is their effort to relate their approach to constructive information processing and the adaptive role of emotion in human functioning. Finally, the book contains a detailed manual of specific methods of therapeutic intervention. The work will predictably have a significant influence on theory, research, and practice in psychotherapy.”

—Hans H. Strupp, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

“Greenberg, Rice, and Elliott have written an immensely valuable book that deserves to be read by psychotherapists of all persuasions. It is theoretically innovative and clinically practical. Their view of emotional experience and its role in individual self-organization reflects a remarkable convergence of cognitive, constructivist, and psychodynamic perspectives, and it highlights the fact that effective therapists must be skilled in fencing and facilitating both subtle and intense experiences within the therapeutic encounter. Their treatment tasks give concrete and practical illustrations of what to do in a variety of common developmental dilemmas. Throughout the volume, the authors convey their own considerable sensitivity and clinical expertise. This is a major work in experiential psychotherapy and a wonderful contribution to psychotherapy process.”

—Michael J. Mahoney, Ph.D., University of North Texas

“Drs. Greenberg, Rice, and Elliot have written an excellent treatment manual/graduate text book which details in admirable specificity the theory and procedures of a modern experiential psychotherapy. I would recommend this book to any of my colleagues who want to know the specifics of experiential psychotherapy. My students consistently rate this book highly.”

—Barry E. Wolfe, Ph.D., The Virginia Campus of the American Schools of Professional Psychology; Course: Client-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy; advanced graduate students


I. Introduction1. Introduction to the Approach2. A Process Facilitative Approach to Therapy
II. Theory: Emotion and Cognition in Change3. Perspectives on Human Functioning4. Towards an Experiential Theory of Functioning5. Dysfunction
III. The Manual: Basic Principles and Task-Guided Interventions
Section 1. Treatment Manual: The General Approach6. Treatment Principles for a Process Experiential Approach7. What the Therapist Does: Experiential Response Intentions and Modes
Section 2. The Treatment Tasks8. Systematic Evocative Unfolding at a Marker of a Problematic Reaction Point9. Experiential Focusing for an Unclear Felt Sense10. Two Chair Dialogue at a Self-Evaluative Split11. Two Chair Enactment for Self-Interruption Split12. Empty-Chair Work and Unfinished Business13. Empathic Affirmation at a Marker of Intense Vulnerability
IV. Conclusion14. Applying the Process Experiential Approach15. The Process Experiential Approach: An Overview, Research, Theory, and the Future

About the Authors:

Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Psychotherapy Research Center at York University in Canada. Coauthor of Facilitating Emotional Change; Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples; and Emotion in Psychotherapy, he has coedited numerous volumes including Emotion, Psychotherapy, and Change; Empathy Reconsidered; and The Working Alliance. Past President of the International Society for Psychotherapy Research, Dr. Greenberg maintains a private practice in Toronto.

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