About Emotion Focused Therapy

 

 "There can be no knowledge without emotion. We may be aware of a truth, yet until we have felt its force, it is not ours. To the cognition of the brain must be added the experience of the soul."

 

~ Arnold Bennett

 

 Unlike cognitive-behavioural therapy, which provides effective short-term coping skills, emotion focused therapy often supports you to accept, express, regulate, make sense of, and transform your emotions.  

 

An emotion-focused therapist uses the following key elements as a focus of therapeutic work:

 

a.) The provision of an empathic relationship to facilitate healing.

 

b.) A nuanced exploration of your emotional experience and the origin and dynamics of these emotions.

 

(c) Encouragement to allow and accept emotions for the information they provide rather than cathartic repetition of emotional expression to get rid of emotion.

 

(d) A focus on interruptive (defensive) processes that interfere with the your efforts to access emotion.

 

(e) Access to new emotions to change old emotions.

 

(f) The symbolization of and reflection on emotion to create new narratives. 

 

Excerpted from Emotion-Focused Therapy (Theories of Psychotherapy by Leslie S. Greenberg