Emotion-Focused Therapy for Depression
In Emotion-Focused Therapy for Depression, Leslie S. Greenberg and Jeanne C. Watson, well-regarded scholars and leading figures in the field, provide a manual for the emotion-focused treatment (EFT) of depression. Their approach is supported by studies in which EFT for depression was compared with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, and then both. The approach has been refined to apply specifically to the treatment of this pervasive and often intractable disorder. The authors discuss the nature of depression and its treatment, examine the role of emotion, present a schematic model of depression and an overview of the course of treatment, and suggest who might benefit.
Written with a practical focus rather than the more academic theoretical style of previous books that established the theoretical grounds and scientific viability of working with emotion in psychotherapy, this book aims to introduce practitioners to the idea of using this approach to work with a depressed population. The book covers theory, case formulation, treatment, and research in a way that makes this complex form of therapy accessible to all readers. Particularly valuable are the case examples, which demonstrate the deliberate and skillful use of techniques to leverage emotional awareness and thus bring about change.
- Introduction: The Nature and Experience of Depression and Its Treatment
- Emotion in Human Functioning and Depression
- Depression: A Dialectical Constructivist View
- Principles of Working With Emotion in Depression
- The Course of Treatment in Emotion-Focused Therapy
- The Therapeutic Relationship
- Case Formulation for Depression
- Bonding, Awareness, and Collaboration
- Methods for Increasing Awareness
- Evocation and Arousal of Emotion
- Evoking Emotion: Two-Chair Dialogue and Hopelessness
- Evoking Blocked Emotion: Two-Chair Enactments and Unfinished Business Dialogues
- Transformation: The Construction of Alternatives
- Reflection and the Creation of New Meaning
About the Authors
Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD, is professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is the director of the York University Psychotherapy Research Clinic, one of the leading authorities on working with emotions in psychotherapy, and a developer of emotion-focused therapy. He has authored the major texts on emotion-focused approaches to treatment of individuals and couples. His latest authored book is Emotion-Focused Therapy: Coaching Clients to Work Through Their Feelings.
Dr. Greenberg is a founding member of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration and a past president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, an international interdisciplinary society. He received the 2004 Distinguished Research Career Award of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. He is on the editorial board of many psychotherapy journals, including the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration and the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.
Jeanne C. Watson, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Adult Education, Community Development and Counselling Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is coauthor of the books Learning Emotion-Focused Therapy: The Process-Experiential Approach to Change and Expressing Emotion: Myths, Realities, and Therapeutic Strategies and coeditor of Client- Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy in the 21st Century: Advances in Theory, Research, and Practice and Handbook of Experiential Psychotherapy. In addition, Dr. Watson has written numerous articles and chapters on psychotherapy process and outcome and maintains a part-time private practice in Toronto. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology from York University.