Theories of Psychotherapy Series: Emotion-Focused Therapy by Professor Leslie S. Greenberg gives readers an in-depth understanding on the history of Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), coupled with the fundamental concepts in which EFT was based on. The book weaves the application of EFT seamlessly in Psychotherapy with case studies, encompassing both theoretical and practical aspects of EFT.
The book is mainly divided into four categories. The first being the history of EFT, the contributing factors that led to EFT as well as the rise in prominence of EFT in present day context. The second revolves around the theoretical aspect of EFT, delving deeper into the definitions of key terms such as ‘Emotion’ and ‘Dysfunction’. It establishes the importance of emotions in the construction of reality. The third part discusses the Therapy Process, shifting the theoretical aspect of EFT to a practical realm. Case studies are added into the therapy process to shed light on how practitioners are able to use EFT effectively to help their clients. The last category evaluates how EFT could be used for depression, trauma and distress amongst other problems clients might face, as well as the potential proliferation of EFT in mainstream education.
Theories of Psychotherapy Series: Emotion-Focused Therapy is geared more towards professionals or people who are exposed to EFT and how it works. Learners and practitioners of EFT would find it useful to read from the Therapy Process to the end. Although the comprehensive history of EFT lays the foundation on which EFT was built on, some readers might find the terminology of EFT daunting. This might steer half-hearted readers away. People who are although interested in EFT but possess little or no pre-existing knowledge of EFT should read from the beginning to gain a broader perspective of EFT. Overall, this book is a treasure trove of information on EFT.