Emotion-focused therapy

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Emotion-focused therapy (EFT), also known as process-experiential therapy, integrates active therapeutic methods from gestalt and other humanistic therapies within the frame of a person-centred relationship (Elliott, Watson, Goldman & Greenberg, 2004). EFT updates person-centred and gestalt therapies by incorporating contemporary emotion theory and affective neuroscience, dialectical constructivism, and contemporary attachment theory. In this chapter, I review the current status of EFT, summarising its history, theory, practice, and outcome evidence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe tribes of the person-centred nation
Subtitle of host publicationAn introduction to the schools of therapy related to the person-centred approach
EditorsPete Sanders
Place of PublicationRoss-on-Wye
Number of pages28
Edition2nd revised
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


  • emotion-focused therapy
  • process-experiential therapy
  • active therapeutic methods
  • EFT
  • prizing therapeutic relationship


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