Emotion-Focused Therapy: A Summary and Overview

Dr Leslie Greenberg

Thank you for the invitation for an article in the first online journal for Emotion-Focused practitioners. This article, Emotion-Focused Therapy: A Summary and Overview brings together the theory, application and developments in this approach. 

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Chartering a Smoother Passage

Sarah Joy

As a social worker who has long sought more holistic ways of working within a system driven by a medical model, I found Emotion Focused Therapy provided me with tools to work with clients around their emotional experience and allowed me to learn about the importance of what occurs within the therapeutic relationship as a significant part of the work that we do. This article provided me with the opportunity to explore, to put on paper, some of the ideas, theoretical and practice based ethical struggles I have had as part of my work within a time-pressured, medical-model and bed-pressure driven system. 

To read the article, use the following link: Chartering a Smoother Passage : How Emotion-Focused Work Can Transform Mental Health Care  

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Coming Home

Clare Stapleton

This paper was written by Clare in 2008 as part of her qualification for the Graduate Diploma in Emotionally Focused Therapy. It was the beginning of an interest that she has pursued in her doctoral work on the use of the emotions, emotional self and the emotive-body in social work practices. 

To read the complete paper, use the following link: Coming Home : Emotionally Focused Therapy as the inspiration for a return to the heartland of social work practice 

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Like Lambs to the Slaughter

Dr Toni Tidswell

In the CPA studio in 2011 at the Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy in which I participated, I became aware from the reading that there was little in the Emotion Focused Therapy literature specifically on CPA. This paper is a small attempt to add another piece of work on CPA from a clinician’s perspective. In my clinical work I have several clients who have suffered CPA but not sexual abuse. Over time I have begun to notice some differences in the way I work with these clients. They are often in fear for their lives, literally. Thus, in my view, working with these clients requires a different type of ‘being with’ and an even slower approach that allows time for the therapeutic relationship to develop and grow.  

To read the complete paper, use the following link: Like Lambs to the Slaughter : Childhood Physical Abuse and the Therapeutic Relationship 

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Beneath Bitter Snow

Dr Michelle Webster

It is often difficult to remember the nuances of what happened in therapy at the beginning when a psychotherapy takes many years.  It is my practice to review my session notes at the end of every psychotherapy journey.  Then I invite my client to a review where we can reminisce our journey - the highs, the lows and all that is in-between. In addition, I offer to write about the therapy so that other practitioners can learn from our experience. This article, Beneath Bitter Snow, tells a story of a most beautiful journey that I experienced with a client, where I learnt more about the healing capacity of the therapeutic relationship. 

To read the complete article, use the following link: Beneath Bitter Snow : Emotion Focused Psychotherapy in Action  

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