Emotion-focused therapy

Elliott, Robert and Greenberg, Leslie S.; Lago, Colin and Charura, Divine, eds. (2016) Emotion-focused therapy. In: Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy. McGraw-Hill/Open University Press, Maidenhead, Berkshire. ISBN 9780335263547

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Emotion-Focused Therapy is an integrative, humanistic, empirically-supported approach; it emerged from the Person-Centered tradition and in particular its experiential branch (i.e., late Rogers and Gendlin). It integrates active process-guiding therapeutic methods from gestalt therapy and focusing within the frame of a person-centred relationship, but gives emotion a central role in therapy as a source of meaning, direction and growth. In this chapter we describe the core assumptions and values of EFT, EFT emotion theory and practice principles, and some of the main kinds of therapeutic work in EFT (“markers and tasks”). We conclude with a summary of EFT emotion change principles and a brief case example