An Interview with Leslie Greenberg, Ph.D. on Emotion-Focused Therapy


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An Interview with Leslie Greenberg, Ph.D. on Emotion-Focused Therapy. Mental Help Net ( presents the Wise Counsel Podcast (, hosted by David Van Nuys, Ph.D. Dr. Van Nuys interviews Leslie Greenberg, Ph.D. with regard to Dr. Greenberg's Emotion-Focused Psychotherapy. Dr. Greenberg is not so interested in promoting yet another name brand psychotherapy but has felt complelled to package his work in this fashion so as to get it out there, in the face of the dominant cognitive-behavioral mode of therapy which deemphasizes the importance of what he wants to talk about. His therapy is focused squarely on helping patients to experience and comprehend their emotional process through the communication of an intellectual framework for understanding emotion, and the direct experience of emotion in the therapy. It is the conceptual framework and the large base of research it sits upon that differentiates this therapy from older emotion-focused therapies such as gestalt therapy, Rogerian client centered therapy, and (shudder) Janov's primal scream. The approach recognizes emotions as action-tendencies motivating behavior, and as people's most fundamental synthesis of their understanding of their situation. It seeks to put people back in touch with avoided fundamental emotions as without awareness of avoided emotions, people are rudderless and disoriented. Multiple research studies of this Emotion-Focused therapy have been conducted, resulting in firm support for the efficacy of the approach.

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