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Vol 1 No 1

Issue No 1, Vol 1 - Emotions, Therapy & Institutions

Editorial

Welcome to the first edition of a practitioner journal in Emotion-Focused work. We have experienced a need for a place for practitioners to write about their clinical experiences as well as their research experiences. We hope to provide this space for Emotion-Focused practitioners to submit articles and interviews for other Emotion-Focused colleagues as well as other interested practitioners and researchers. We invited Dr Leslie Greenberg to begin this online journal and he has provided us with a wonderful and comprehensive overview of Emotion-Focused Therapy. Our first interview is with Dr Sandra Paivio where she discusses the research and clinical implications for complex trauma. Following this there are 4 articles on matters relating to emotion, therapy and institutions. In particular Sarah Joy has written about how Emotion Focused work could be integrated into our mental health systems, Clare Stapleton on emotion in social work, Dr Toni Tidswell on childhood physical abuse, and myself on Emotion-Focused psychotherapy. We finish with a brief book review of Leslie Greenberg's 2011 book, Emotion Focused Therapy. We hope you enjoy these articles and that you find that the ideas in many of them easily accessible. 

With warm regards, Dr Michelle Webster

 



Emotion-Focused Therapy: A Summary and Overview

Dr Leslie Greenberg

Thank you for the invitation for an article in the first online journal for Emotion-Focused practitioners. This article, Emotion-Focused Therapy: A summary and Overview brings together the theory, application and developments in this approach.
Emotion-Focused Therapy: A Summary and Overview.pdf


Talking about Trauma and Emotion-Focused Therapy with Dr Sandra Paivio

Dr Sandra Paivio interviewed by Dr Michelle Webster

We, at the Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy in Sydney, had the pleasure of hosting Dr Sandra Paivio for her New Zealand and Australia trip in April 2011. Sandra gave an intensive 2-day presentation on her research findings on working with individuals with complex trauma. Her findings about the efficacy of imaginal confrontation versus empathic exploration are invaluable for practitioners in their work with trauma survivors. Following the workshops, Michelle Webster interviewed her on complex trauma.
Interview Dr Sandra Paivio.pdf

Sarah Joy

Charting a Smoother Passage

Sarah Joy

As a social worker who has long sought more holistic ways of working within a system driven by a medical model, I found Emotion Focused Therapy provided me with tools to work with clients around their emotional experience and allowed me to learn about the importance of what occurs within the therapeutic relationship as a significant part of the work that we do. This article provided me with the opportunity to explore, to put on paper, some of the ideas, theoretical and practice based ethical struggles I have had as part of my work within a time-pressured, medical-model and bed-pressure driven system.
Charting a Smoother Passage.pdf

Clare Stapleton

Coming Home

Clare Stapleton

This paper was written by Clare in 2008 as part of her qualification for the Graduate Diploma in Emotionally Focused Therapy. It was the beginning of an interest that she has pursued in her doctoral work on the use of the emotions, emotional self and the emotive-body in social work practices.
Coming Home.pdf

Dr Toni Tidswell

Like Lambs to the Slaughter

Dr Toni Tidswell

In the CPA studio in 2011 at the Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy in which I participated, I became aware from the reading that there was little in the Emotion Focused Therapy literature specifically on CPA. This paper is a small attempt to add another piece of work on CPA from a clinician’s perspective. In my clinical work I have several clients who have suffered CPA but not sexual abuse. Over time I have begun to notice some differences in the way I work with these clients. They are often in fear for their lives, literally. Thus, in my view, working with these clients requires a different type of ‘being with’ and an even slower approach that allows time for the therapeutic relationship to develop and grow.  
Like Lambs to the Slaughter.pdf

Beneath Bitter Snow

Dr Michelle Webster

It is often difficult to remember the nuances of what happened in therapy at the beginning when a psychotherapy takes many years.  It is my practice to review my session notes at the end of every psychotherapy journey.  Then I invite my client to a review where we can reminisce our journey - the highs, the lows and all that is in-between. In addition, I offer to write about the therapy so that other practitioners can learn from our experience. This article, Beneath Bitter Snow, tells a story of a most beautiful journey that I experienced with a client, where I learnt more about the healing capacity of the therapeutic relationship.

Beneath Bitter Snow.pdf

Dr Leslie Greenberg

Book Review: Emotion-Focused Therapy

Greenberg, L. (2011)
Review by Dr Toni Tidswell
This is a brief book review of  Emotion-Focused Therapy (2011)   

 Emotion-Focused Therapy Book Review.pdf



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