Learning Emotion-Focused Therapy - Supplemental Materials

Chapter 6: An Overview of Therapeutic Tasks

6.2.2. Outline: Comparison of Internalized and Experiential Voices Across Five Process-Experiential Tasks





Task/General Therapist Intervention:

Externally-generated Voice

(Internalized or Internal Representations)

Internally-generated Voice

(Experiential processes or Self-representations)

2-Chair Dialogue for Conflict Splits (incl. Self-Interruptions)

Critic/Coach (Interrupter) (values, standards introjected from significant other, society)

Experiencer (organismic needs, wants)

Systematic Evocative Unfolding for a Problematic Reaction Point

Perceived situation in which reaction occurred

Internal reaction to situation

Empty Chair Work for Unfinished Emotional Business

Internal representation of a developmentally significant other

Hurt/angry Self

Focusing for an Unclear Felt Sense

Symbol or label (from socially-shared verbal and visual representational systems)

Felt sense (pre-verbal, complex, holistic)

Creation of Meaning for Meaning Protest

Trauma or challenging life event

Cherished belief (with emotional pain, protest)



Materials designed to accompany the book Learning Emotion-Focused Therapy: The Process-Experiential Approach to Change from APA Books.

©2003 Robert Elliott, Jeanne Watson, Rhonda Goldman, and Leslie Greenberg