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Emotion-Focused Therapy


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  • Emotional Intelligence and the Purpose of Emotion
  • The Nature of Emotions
  • Distinguishing Among Varieties of Emotional Expression
  • The Therapeutic Relationship, Steps of Emotion Coaching, and Coach's Own Emotional Awareness
  • Case Formulation and Marker-Guided Interventions
II. The Arriving and Leaving Phases
  • Arriving at a Primary Emotion
  • Evaluating Whether a Painful Primary Emotion Is Healthy
  • Working With Primary Emotions
  • Accessing New Healing Emotions and Creating New Narratives
III. Working With Specific Emotions
  • Lessons About Anger and Sadness From Emotion Coaching
  • Transforming Fear and Shame in Emotion Coaching
  • Working With Emotional Injuries: Letting Go and Forgiveness
IV. Emotional Intelligence in Specific Contexts
  • Coaching for Emotional Intelligence in Couples
  • Coaching for Emotional Intelligence in Parenting
  • Coaching for Emotional Intelligence in Leadership




About the Author

Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD, is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Psychology at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

He has authored the major texts on emotion-focused approaches to treatment of individuals and couples. These include the original texts Emotion in Psychotherapy (1986), Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (1988), and Facilitating Emotional Change (1993), and more recently Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy: The Dynamics of Emotion, Love, and Power (2008), Emotion-Focused Therapy: Theory and Practice (2010), Working With Narrative in Emotion-Focused Therapy: Changing Stories, Healing Lives (2011), and Therapeutic Presence: A Mindful Approach to Effective Therapy (2012). He has published extensively on research on the process of change.

Dr. Greenberg has received the Distinguished Research Career Award of the International Society for Psychotherapy Research, as well as the Carl Rogers Award and the APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research. He also has received the Canadian Psychological Association Professional Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology as a Profession.

He conducts a private practice for individuals and couples and trains people internationally in emotion-focused approaches.

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