Emotion-focused Therapy

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Emotions! They’re our devotion!” would be the chant uttered by therapists who align themselves with emotion-focused therapy. Derived from both the humanistic and experiential traditions and relying upon the client-centered approach, emotion-focused therapy is a time-limited, “process experiential psychotherapy” that regards emotions as the primary vehicle of change (Watson, Goldman, & Greenberg, 2011, p. 269). The effectiveness of emotion-focused therapy has been demonstrated through randomized clinical trials comparing emotion-focused therapy with alternative methodologies, such as “client-centered therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy” (Watson et al., 2011, p. 269). Analyzing emotion-focused therapy from a critical framework illuminates its “range of convenience” and the additional mechanisms that could contribute to a client’s progress and outcome. The principal goal of emotion-focused therapy is to “help clients access and process their emotional experiences and construct new meanings and ways of being in the world” (Watson et al., 2011, p. 273). Emotion-focused therapy draws upon the optimism that is distinctly characteristic of humanistic tradition (Cain, 2010). It is surmised, “that the individual has within himself the capacity and the tendency, latent if not evident, to move forward toward maturity…to understand those aspects of his life and of himself which are causing him pain and dissatisfaction” (Rogers, 1961, p. 35). With specific regard to…
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