Published by the American Psychological Association, 2004.

"In Learning Emotion-Focused Therapy, the originators of Process-Experiential Therapy describe 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. The authors, Robert Elliott, Jeanne C. Watson, Leslie S. Greenberg, and Rhonda N. Goldman, well-respected scholars and leading figures in the field, discuss theory, case formulation, treatment, and research in a way that makes this complex form of therapy accessible to all readers. Particularly valuable are their careful moment-to-moment exchanges in extended case examples, which show the reader how deliberate and skilful use of these techniques can bring about change. This exceptionally informative book will be of great practical value to therapists and students learning process-experiential therapy as well as to those who teach this mode of psychotherapy."     -Publisher's book jacket description



This book provides a user-friendly introduction to emotion-focused treatment, presenting PE emotion theory and the basics of the approach in an organized, streamlined fashion. Furthermore, in the 10 years since Greenberg, Rice and Elliott's (1993), Facilitating Emotional Change appeared, PE therapy has continued to develop rapidly: The theory has become more clearly articulated; the treatment has been applied to new clinical populations (such as PTSD and borderline processes); more has been learned about the original six therapeutic tasks; and new therapeutic tasks have been added.


In the meantime, the four authors of this book have taught PE therapy to several generations of graduate students and mental health professionals through graduate courses, practica and workshops for professionals, and have begun to develop a model of "best practices" for teaching and learning PE therapy, drawing also from focus-groups research with their current and former students as well as recent scholarship on therapist training. This book attempts to embody these emerging understandings, in order to communicate the essence and basic practices of Process-Experiential therapy as clearly as possible.



Intended to be used as:
  1. Primary or secondary text for Graduate level psychotherapy or counseling courses, either in first course or as advanced psychotherapy course; in M.A., Psy.D., Ph.D. (USA and Canada); European Five-year professional bachelors degree courses (Europe); advanced training institute courses (Europe or UK); in departments of psychology, counseling, or counseling and education.
  2. More experienced practicing therapists interested in adding PE therapy to their approach to therapy.



©2004 Robert Elliott, Jeanne Watson, Rhonda Goldman, and Leslie Greenberg