In Transforming Emotional Pain in Psychotherapy, Ladislav Timulak presents Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) as a therapeutic approach that addresses psychological human suffering, offering a view that puts more emphasis on attending to the distress, rather than avoiding or suppressing it. This book focuses on a model of therapy that addresses human suffering by transforming emotional pain in psychotherapy through: helping the client to tolerate the pain; assisting the client to identify the core of the difficult emotional experiences; identifying the needs connected to the core pain which are unmet or being violated, and responding (with compassion and protective anger) to the underlying needs of the client that transforms the original pain. It provides an account of how emotional pain can be conceptualised and how it can be addressed in therapy.
This book provides practical tips for therapists working with emotional pain and shows how it can then be made more bearable and transformed allowing the client to be more sensitive to the pain of others, and to seek support when needed.
Transforming Emotional Pain in Psychotherapy will be essential reading for clinical and counselling psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors in practice and training, as well as for fully qualified professionals undergoing further training in EFT.