In previous books, Leslie S. Greenberg has demonstrated the importance of integrating emotional work into therapy and has laid out a compelling model of therapeutic change. Building on these foundations, Working with Emotions in Psychotherapy sheds new light on the process and technique of intervention with specific emotions.
Filled with illustrative case examples, the book shows clinicians how to identify a given emotion, discern its role in a client's self-understanding, and understand how its expression is furthering or inhibiting the client's progress. Of vital importance, the authors help readers think more differentially about emotions; to distinguish, for example, between avoided emotional pain and chronic dysfunctional bad feelings, between adaptive sadness and maladaptive depression, and between overcontrolled anger and underregulated rage. A conceptual overview and framework for intervention are delineated, and special attention is given throughout to the integration of emotion and cognition in therapeutic work.
Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Psychotherapy Research Center at York University in Canada. He is the coauthor of Facilitating Emotional Change and coeditor of the Handbook of Experiential Psychotherapy, among many other publications. Sandra C. Paivio, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Windsor in Canada. Formerly, she was on the Psychology faculty at the University of Saskatchewan.
1. The Centrality of Emotion in Psychotherapy I. Theoretical Framework 2. What Is Emotion? 3. Emotion Assessment 4. Sources of Emotional Disorder II. Intervention Framework 5. The Process of Change 6. The Phases of Emotionally Focused Interventions III. Differential Work with the Emotions 7. Anger 8. Sadness and Distress 9. Fear and Anxiety 10. Shame 11. The Pleasant Emotions 12. Research, Training, and Supervision