Are Emotions the Enemy or the Answer?

Robert Elliott, Ph.D

Robert Elliott, Ph.D accepted our invitation for an article in the second online journal for Emotion-Focused practitioners. This article, Are Emotions the Enemy or the Answer? Emotion Transformation Processes in Depression, invites the reader to contemplate emotions in depression and the function of the emotion transformation processes. Robert Elliott is Professor of Counselling, University of Strathclyde (Scotland) and Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Toledo (USA). Robert has a blog: pe-eft.blogspot.com and can be contacted on Robert.Elliott@strath.ac.uk.

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Learning the Language of Emotional Signatures

Lisa Champion

I remember being instantly intrigued by the construct of Emotional Signature as a student at the Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy. My head was full of wonderings – what is my emotional signature? How did it play out in my work as a therapist? I knew from the descriptions of the different signatures that I sat on one end of the spectrum, but why did I see so many traits of the other end of the spectrum in my behaviour? Could the construct of Emotional Signature help me better understand myself as a therapist? Could I identify the Emotional Signatures of my clients and use this understanding in a meaningful way in my work? It was with these thoughts and questions in mind that I set out to better understand how my own Emotional Signature and the Emotional Signatures of my clients were playing out in the therapy room. This article, written as my major work for my Graduate Diploma, was a first step. 

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Practicing Within the Paradox

Kerrie Bannister

The idea for this article was sparked by a supervisor’s comment about allowing the therapeutic process to unfold and being mindful of not ‘getting in the way’. I began considering what ‘getting in the way’ would look like within the complexities of the therapeutic relationship; exploring the process for both the client and the therapist in my quest to discover how and why we, as therapists, may find ourselves blocking our client’s way. 

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Fostering Connection in Couple Work: Softening a Blamer

Anna Kamarul

In couple work, I have been caught off guard when one partner brushes over an expression of vulnerability by the other and continues to blame their partner for whatever problem is under discussion. I can then lose my direction and go to ’rescue’ the vulnerable partner. To learn how to better handle this situation in our modality, I looked at what had been written in the EFT literature on how to handle a blamer. Susan Johnston and Associates have specifically addressed it for practitioners working in their couple work process - and noted it as the most challenging component. I work in the Annandale model, so I then considered how that model would handle this situation. Then, recognising that I was the owner of this difficulty in my work, I looked at what I had contributed when I encountered it with two couples. What I learned has helped to steady me and give me direction whenever I encounter an other determined blamer in my couple work.

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The Interface Between Art and Psychotherapy

Susan Gunn

I chose to write this article because I wanted to share with others my excitement over the positive results my clients and I were achieving in counselling from the use of art “work” as a therapeutic tool. I also wanted to, via this article, hopefully inspire and encourage readers to try using drawing to help their own clients to connect with their “hearts” and their authentic emotional experiences. My ability to help others has been greatly enhanced by the use of art with EFT. 

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