In Emotion-Focused Therapy: Coaching Clients to Work Through Their Feelings, Leslie S. Greenberg offers therapists an exciting new approach to helping clients live in harmony with head and heart. While most current books on coping emphasize mind over mood, and biological psychiatry offers psychotropic medication to regulate emotion, Greenberg proposes that, rather than controlling or avoiding emotions, clients can learn from their own bodily reactions and begin to act sensibly on them. Expressing emotion in ways that are appropriate to context is a highly complex skill, and one that is rarely taught. Rich in clinical wisdom, practical guidance, and case illustration, this book provides an empirically supported model of training clients to attain emotional wisdom.
Table of Contents


I. Emotional Intelligence: What It Is and How to Promote Its Development

  1. Emotions and Emotional Intelligence
  2. Distinguishing Among Varieties of Emotional Expression
  3. The Therapist as an Emotion Coach
  4. The Steps of Emotion Coaching

II. The Arriving Phase: Coaching for Emotional Awareness

  1. Arriving at a Primary Emotion
  2. Coaching to Evaluate Whether an Emotion Is Healthy

III. The Leaving Phase: Moving on by Accessing Healthy Emotions

  1. Identifying Maladaptive Emotions
  2. The Transforming Power of Affect: Facilitating Access to Alternate Adaptive Emotions and Needs

IV. Applying the Skills of Emotional Intelligence

  1. Lessons About Anger and Sadness From Psychotherapy
  2. Transforming Fear and Shame in Psychotherapy
  3. Coaching for Emotional Wisdom in Couples
  4. Emotions in Parenting


Additional Resources


Author Index

Subject Index

About the Author

Author Bio

Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD, is a professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, where he is director of the Psychotherapy Research Clinic. A primary developer of Emotion-Focused Therapy for individuals and couples, he is the leading authority on working with emotions in psychotherapy. His integrative work has been embraced by practitioners from diverse theoretical backgrounds, including cognitive–behavioral, psychodynamic, interpersonal, and solution-focused.

He is coauthor of several major texts in the field, including Emotion in Psychotherapy: Affect, Cognition, and the Process of Change (with Jeremy Safran); Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (with Susan Johnson); Facilitating Emotional Change: The Moment-by-Moment Process (with Laura Rice and Robert Elliott); and Working With Emotion in Psychotherapy (with Sandra Paivio).

Dr. Greenberg is a founding member of the Society for Psychotherapy Integration, a founder of the Society for Constructivism in Psychotherapy, and a past president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. He has published extensively on research on the process of change.