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Vol 2 No 1

Issue No 2 Vol 1 - Emotions, Emotional Signatures, and Self-Reflection

Editorial 

Welcome to the second edition of the EFT-Online, a practitioner journal in Emotion-Focused work. We begin this edition with our guest, a world renown Emotion-Focused academic, Dr Robert Elliott, Professor of Counselling, University of Strathclyde (Scotland) and Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Toledo (USA). The article is a short piece with a longish title, Are Emotions the Enemy or the Answer? Emotion Transformation Processes in Depression. In his writing Robert invites us to consider emotions and the emotion transformation processes in depression. 

Following this we have four articles relating to individual and couple work. Lisa in her article, The Language of Emotional Signatures, explores how practitioners can learn this new language and how reflecting on one’s own as well as our clients’ emotional signatures can be helpful for us as practitioners. Kerrie Bannister in her article, Practicing within the Paradox, explores the dynamic of the therapeutic relationship and how practitioners strive to be present to their clients and self-aware. Kerrie also uses the concept of Emotional Signatures to help her consider this paradox. Anna Kamarul in her article, Fostering Connection in Couple Work: Softening a Blamer, explores the ‘blame’ stance that some individuals bring to their relationships through the lens of the North American (Greenberg and Johnson) as well as the Annandale (Webster) approaches. In her analysis of her treatment with two couples she also reflects on how her reactions can interfere with the couple work. Again she uses Emotional Signature as part of her self-reflection. In the final article, The Interface between Art and Psychotherapy, Susan Gunn, explores the connections between Emotion-Focused work and art using the lovely metaphor of the heart.

To finish this second edition, and to bring us full circle back to emotions and possibly Robert’s question, ‘Are emotions the enemy or the answer?’, Toni Tidswell reviews the creative movie, Inside Out, in Inside Out: Emotion Focused Therapy in Animation.

We hope you enjoy these articles and they help you work with emotions and facilitate your self-reflections as a practitioner.

With warm regards, Dr Michelle Webster

 



Are Emotions the Enemy or the Answer?    

Robert Elliott, Ph.D

Robert Elliott, Ph.D accepted our invitation for an article in the second online journal for Emotion-Focused practitioners. This article, Are Emotions the Enemy or the Answer? Emotion Transformation Processes in Depression, invites the reader to contemplate emotions in depression and the function of the emotion transformation processes. Robert Elliott is Professor of Counselling, University of Strathclyde (Scotland) and Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Toledo (USA). Robert has a blog: pe-eft.blogspot.com and can be contacted on Robert.Elliott@strath.ac.uk.




Learning the Language of Emotional Signatures

Lisa Champion

I remember being instantly intrigued by the construct of Emotional Signature as a student at the Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy. My head was full of wonderings – what is my emotional signature? How did it play out in my work as a therapist? I knew from the descriptions of the different signatures that I sat on one end of the spectrum, but why did I see so many traits of the other end of the spectrum in my behaviour? Could the construct of Emotional Signature help me better understand myself as a therapist? Could I identify the Emotional Signatures of my clients and use this understanding in a meaningful way in my work? It was with these thoughts and questions in mind that I set out to better understand how my own Emotional Signature and the Emotional Signatures of my clients were playing out in the therapy room. This article, written as my major work for my Graduate Diploma, was a first step.

Learning the Language of Emotional Signatures.pdf


Practicing Within the Paradox

Kerrie Bannister

The idea for this article was sparked by a supervisor’s comment about allowing the therapeutic process to unfold and being mindful of not ‘getting in the way’. I began considering what ‘getting in the way’ would look like within the complexities of the therapeutic relationship; exploring the process for both the client and the therapist in my quest to discover how and why we, as therapists, may find ourselves blocking our client’s way.

Practising Within the Paradox.pdf

Fostering Connection in Couple Work: Softening a Blamer 

Anna Kamarul

In couple work, I have been caught off guard when one partner brushes over an expression of vulnerability by the other and continues to blame their partner for whatever problem is under discussion. I can then lose my direction and go to ’rescue’ the vulnerable partner. To learn how to better handle this situation in our modality, I looked at what had been written in the EFT literature on how to handle a blamer. Susan Johnston and Associates have specifically addressed it for practitioners working in their couple work process - and noted it as the most challenging component. I work in the Annandale model, so I then considered how that model would handle this situation. Then, recognising that I was the owner of this difficulty in my work, I looked at what I had contributed when I encountered it with two couples. What I learned has helped to steady me and give me direction whenever I encounter an other determined blamer in my couple work.

Fostering Connection in Couple Work.pdf



The Interface between Art and Psychotherapy

Susan Gunn

I chose to write this article because I wanted to share with others my excitement over the positive results my clients and I were achieving in counselling from the use of art “work” as a therapeutic tool. I also wanted to, via this article, hopefully inspire and encourage readers to try using drawing to help their own clients to connect with their “hearts” and their authentic emotional experiences. My ability to help others has been greatly enhanced by the use of art with EFT.

The Interface between Art and Psychotherapy.pdf

Inside Out: Emotion Focused Therapy in Animation

Toni Tidswell

A review of the movie, Inside Out.

Inside Out.pdf






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