Process Experiential (PE) therapy is an empirically supported, emotion-focused
approach that systematically but flexibly helps clients become aware of and make
productive use of their emotions. Based on a 25-year program of research, it
provides a distinctive perspective on emotion as a source of meaning, direction
and growth, and is geared to helping clients develop their emotional intelligence.
The central concept in PE Therapy is the Emotion Scheme:
Five more key ideas about Process-Experiential Therapy:
- Research-informed neo-humanistic therapies such as the Process-Experiential approach have an important role to play in today's behavioral health care field.
- The key to effective client change is facilitating client emotional intelligence through expressing, exploring, understanding and restructuring emotions within a genuinely empathic, prizing relationship.
- Therapists can help clients by adopting a person-centered but process-guiding relational stance than combines following the client's content with the leading their process.
- Working effectively with clients requires adapting the therapist's approach to the client's general presenting problems, the within-session task, and the client's immediate experience in the moment.
- The best way to learn a complex therapy such as PE therapy is through a variety of activities, including didactic learning, examples, supervised practice, personal growth work, experience in the client role, and reflection.
Learning Emotion-Focused Therapy:
The Process-Experiential Approach to Change
published by the American Psychological Association, November 2003.
©2004 Robert Elliott