Book Review - Emotion-Focused Counselling: A Practitioner's Guide

Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus
Dept of Psychology, York University, Toronto, Canada 

A review of Michelle Webster’s book, ‘Emotion-Focused Counselling: A Practitioner's Guide’.

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A sisterly response to Leslie Greenberg’s review of Emotion-Focused Counselling: A Practitioner’s Guide

Michelle Webster

Michelle has responded to Les Greenberg’s review of her book, Emotion-Focused Counselling: A Practitioner's Guide.

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Moment of Meeting

Lisa Champion

In contributing to this edition of the Annandale Institute’s online EFT journal, I was thoughtful about what I might find meaningful to write about regarding the relationship in Emotion-Focused therapy. The thing that stood out for me was that the relationship is so wonderfully complex, that it sometimes defies academic endeavours to describe and elucidate it. So, I have written a poem. The poem is for us; therapists who seek to be with our clients in meaningful ways that lead to healing and change. Warmly, Lisa 

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The Therapeutic Relationship - a very Grand Design

Sue Olds

The concept of therapeutic relationships was on my mind; I had been involved with a group that meet throughout the year to study the topic. This coincided with watching a program that brought a metaphor to life that, for me, personified the therapeutic relationship. The ‘sitting with’ and metaphor combined with a story of a therapeutic journey that had been in the back of my mind, a journey that I thought worth sharing. This story I believe covers the depths of experiencing- the highs and lows, that sits within the therapeutic relationship.

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The Good, The Bad and The Broken

Deb Sanasi

My interest in Intimate Partner Violence and Family Violence came out of my own lived experience of being in an emotionally abusive relationship. Like many who suffer through this degrading experience, I had no idea what was going on. Moreover, the culture that surrounded me at that time supported the notion of my partner having all of the power and me needing to submit to it. To cut a very long story very short, my husband sought help (of the Emotion-Focused (EF) kind) and eventually became part of the 5% who change. In fact, his change was so dramatic that I changed fields, completed a Master of Counselling and planted myself firmly at the Annandale Institute under the tutelage of Dr Webster and Dr Stapleton so that I could learn the ways! You see, when one person changes it is not just one person who changes; everyone around that person also benefits. This article was part of my qualification for the Graduate Diploma in Emotion-Focused Therapy. I wrote it because the statistics around IPV are ridiculously high and, in my view, more needs to be understood about the actual perpetrators to begin to bring about effective change.

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The Therapist's Toolbox

Michelle Webster

As part of the final day of her post-graduate studies, Lewina Jackson presented myself and Clare Stapleton (her trainers) and her fellow students with a therapist’s toolbox. Lewina presented each item and explained their purpose. To this day I have my therapist’s toolbox in my therapy room to remind me of all the bits and pieces that I have that help me in my ongoing therapeutic work. It is my honour to share these with you. I will endeavour to summarise her commentary for each item as best I can.

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