Recommended Publications** by the Speakers

Elliott, R., Watson, J., Goldman, R.N., Greenberg, L.S. (2003). Learning Emotion-Focused Therapy: The process-experiential approach to change. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association Press.


This book is a comprehensive student-oriented introduction and overview of EFT focusing on clear presentation of theory and practice and a wide range of therapeutic tasks and applications. It describes in detail the various tasks and techniques of this theoretically grounded, empirically supported, and integrative humanistic therapy, while emphasizing the importance of the therapeutic relationship. Each major aspect of theory, case formulation, treatment, and research, as well as the nuances of learning and teaching this complex form of therapy are addressed.

Goldman, R. N.& Greenberg, L.S. (in press). Case Formulation in Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy: Creating Clinical Maps for Change, Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association Press.

This forth-coming new book lays out a map to guide EFT clinicians through the process of EFT Case formulation begins with forming a therapeutic relationship with clients and moves toward searching for the core pain, analyzing the nature of emotional processing, working with the core maladaptive emotions, formulating markers, and working with tasks through to resolution. Multiple clinical examples illustrate the method.

Greenberg, L.(2002). Emotion-Focused Therapy: Coaching clients to work through feelings. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association Press.(also translated in German).

This book offers therapists an exciting new approach to helping clients live in harmony with head and heart. It is proposed that, rather than controlling or avoiding emotions, clients can learn from their own bodily reactions and begin to act sensibly on them. Expressing emotion in ways that are appropriate to context is a highly complex skill, and one that is rarely taught. This book provides an empirically supported model of training clients to attain emotional wisdom.

Greenberg L.(2010). Emotion-focused Therapy: Theory and Practice. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association Press.

This book provides an introduction to the theory, history, research, and practice of Emotion-Focused Therapy. It is a complete theory of human functioning based on the adaptive role of emotion and on a therapy practice founded on the idea that emotional change is central to enduring change.

This therapy emphasizes the awareness, acceptance, understanding, and transformation of emotion, and proposes that emotions themselves have an adaptive potential that, if activated, can help clients to change. Emotion-focused therapists help clients to experience their emotions in the safe setting of therapy so that, rather than avoiding or controlling their feelings, clients learn to use them as a guide to what is important or necessary in their lives.

Greenberg, L.S. & Goldman, R. N.(2008). Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy: The dynamics of emotion, love, and power, Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association Press.

This book lays out the five-stage, 14-step model of Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy. Basics of the theory are presented including a description of the fundamental couples systems of attachment, identity, and attraction/liking. In addition to theory, specific chapters provide clinicians with a hands-on description of the interventions involved in EFT-C. Further chapters are devoted to working with specific emotions including shame, anger, sadness, and fear.

Greenberg, L.S. & Paivio, S.C. (1997). Working with Emotions in Psychotherapy. New York: Guilford.

This book presents the theory of emotion, emotional change processes, and intervention principles of emotion-focused therapy (EFT), as well as chapters illustrating EFT intervention (transcriptions of therapy sessions with numerous clients) with the basic emotions of fear, shame, anger, and sadness.

Greenberg, L.S., Rice, L.N., & Elliott, R. (1993). Facilitating Emotional Change. New York: Guilford Press.

This book is a classical overview of sources and original tasks of EFT. The first two sections introduce the process experiential approach to treatment. Exploring the interrelationships among emotion, cognition, and change, the authors develop a powerful, clinically relevant theory of human functioning. The third section, a detailed treatment manual, outlines the general principles and methods of therapy and provides step-by-step directions for six specific types of interventions. Excerpts from actual transcripts exemplify the various methods, illuminating the moment-by-moment process for both the client and the therapist.

Paivio, S.C. & Pascual-Leone, A.J. (2010). Emotion-Focused Therapy for Complex Trauma. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association Press.

This book describes the long-term effects of complex child abuse trauma and the EFT model of therapy applied specifically to dealing with these client issues. The book covers EFT and trauma theory, the model and principles of change, and examples (transcriptions of therapy sessions) of therapeutic work during the different phases of therapy.

Pos, A. E. (in press). Emotion focused therapy for avoidant personality disorder: Pragmatic considerations for working with experientially avoidant clients. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy.


Pos, A. E. & Greenberg, L. S. (2012). Organizing awareness and increasing emotion regulation: Revising chair work in emotion-focused therapy for borderline personality disorder. Journal of Personality Disorders, 26, 84-107.


**Publications are presented according to the alphabetical order of the first author.