Emotion-focused therapy: A clinical synthesis.
A great debate continues to rage as to whether the efficacy of psychotherapy is attributable to specific procedures in “evidence-based” treatment methods or general factors inherent in any therapeutic interaction. Around the world, governments, professional organizations, and funders are establishing lists of “approved” approaches. However, research comparing different approaches typically finds modest or no differences. Meanwhile, significant concerns persist:
(1) high dropout/discontinuation rates;
(2) an overall lack of improvement in treatment outcomes over the last 40 years; and
(3) failure to detect and address clients at risk for deterioration and lack of progress.
What are the limits of the paradigm currently guiding psychotherapy research and practice? In this discussion, Drs. Scott and William Miller will address these concerns, exploring a synthesis of technical and relational aspects of psychotherapy, and the possibility of a different paradigm for guiding the field.
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy: Status and Challenges.
A central currency in the therapeutic exchange is negative experiences–depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, etc. This practical and positive approach assumes that each core human experience has equivalent potential to be positive or negative, depending on the human relationship to it; and thus focuses on how problems may be transformed to resources by skillful human connection. This process operates at two levels: (1) developing a generative state (in the therapist, client, and relationship field) and then (2) using specific methods of transforming negative experiences and behaviors. Multiple techniques and examples for will be given, along with an exercise and demonstration.
Wile, D. B. (1988). In Search of the Curative Principle in Couples therapy: A Comment on Greenberg, James, and Conry’s article, Perceived Change Processes in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. Journal of Family Psychology, 2(1), 24-27.
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1. Demonstrate how creating new experiential realities is the primary focus of therapy.
2. Identify 3 methods for developing a client’s creative state.
3. List three examples of how this creative state can be beneficially used.
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Speeches with Discussant 02 featuring . Therapy is successful when clients are able to experientially realize positive life changes. While the identification and transformation of symptoms is important in this regard, the activation of the client’s creative capacity to change is even more important. This paper outlines 6 steps in this therapeutic process:: (1) opening a mindful field, (2) setting positive intentions, (3) developing and maintaining a creative state, (4) identifying a “storyboard” for achieving goals, (5) transforming negative experiences, and (6) everyday practices Methods and case examples will be given to illuminate this core process.
Emotionally focused therapy - Wikipedia
Many therapists turn to self-help manuals for ideas of how to teach skills that can boost client progress. But how do these ideas get tailored to fit the needs of an individual client? Through case examples and guided participant exercises, Padesky demonstrates how therapists can make therapy more effective by selectively matching skills taught to particular client moods and using mood measures to track progress. She shows therapists how to strategically assign chapters from the 2nd Edition of Mind over Mood (Greenberger and Padesky, 2016) which includes more than 60 worksheets that help clients learn mood-management skills drawn from CBT, mindfulness, positive psychology, acceptance therapies, and happiness research.
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For a couple of years, Holly continued her pattern of dating, breaking up, and becoming suicidal until she met a patient and unique man. She didn’t want to lose this one, so when she panicked, she employed a technique taught to her in therapy. She would not bait him into a fight. Instead, she would tell him she would talk to him later and deal with her feelings on her own. She began by looking at the fact that he showed her loving, caring behaviors. Holly went through her emotions and then called him back when she was calmer. She made conscious attempts to stay at home instead of drinking with friends. Sometimes she was successful and sometimes she gave in and partied. Then she reminded herself that she easily feels abandoned. When Holly was three-years-old, her mother started to lock herself in her bedroom for hours when Holly did something her mother didn’t like. Her father was in the military and often deployed. When he was in town, he hung out with his buddies. After five years of therapy, Holly was not yet free from bulimia, although she had days – even weeks – at a time in which she didn’t binge or purge. Her excessive drinking became less frequent, as did her relationship sabotaging behaviors. She even admitted that she was handling her emotions better. She still claimed not to trust her therapist and may never do so, although she continues therapy.