Working with Emotions in Psychotherapy illuminates the process and technique of intervention with specific emotions. The book shows clinicians how to identify a given emotion, discern its role in a client's self-understanding, and understand how its expression is furthering or inhibiting the client's progress toward the goals of therapy. Of vital importance, the authors help readers think more differentially about emotions; to distinguish, for example, between avoided emotional pain and chronic dysfunctional bad feelings, between adaptive sadness and maladaptive depression, and between overcontrolled anger and underregulated rage. A conceptual overview, intervention guidelines, and a wealth of case illustrative case examples are included, and special attention is given throughout to the integration of emotion and cognition in therapeutic work.
Table of Contents
1. The Centrality of Emotion in Psychotherapy
I. Theoretical Framework
2. What is Emotion?
3. Emotion Assessment
4. Sources of Emotional Disorder
II. Intervention Framework
5. The Process of Change
6. The Phases of Emotionally Focused Intervention
III. Clinical Examples
8. Sadness and Distress
9. Fear and Anxiety
11. The Pleasant Emotions
12. Research, Training, and Supervision
Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD, is Professor 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.
Sandra C. Paivio, PhD, is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Psychology Services Centre in the Department of Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. The author of several publications on emotional processes in psychotherapy, Dr. Paivio is currently conducting research on therapy with survivors of childhood trauma. She maintains a part-time private practice and is active in clinical supervision and training.
"There is no doubt that Les Greenberg is both a pioneer and the field's premier investigator in the important work of apply ing the basic research on emotions to the process of psychotherapy. The focus on primary emotions and their change is what distinguishes this book. It is a fabulous compendium of strategies for working with emotions and draws from both behavioral and experiential therapies. A must' read."
-Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, University of Washington
"In a refreshing blend of clinical sensitivity and compelling research findings, the authors have done a masterful job of explaining why an emotion-focused intervention i s central to therapeutic change, and describing how this may be implemented clinically. Their lucid, jargon-free exposition of conceptual and therapeutic issues proves an invaluable resource for practicing therapists of any orientation. This indeed is a landmark contribution to the field."
-Marvin Goldfried, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, State University of New York, Stony Brook