Leslie Greenberg: His Successful Life Story

Leslie Greenberg is a Canadian academic and professional who is one of the original inventors and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) developers. While he was studying at the University of Toronto, Leslie began to develop his own private practice while assisting many others with EFT. After completing a Masters’s degree in Clinical Psychology, Leslie Greenberg taught and conducted workshops and was also licensed to work as a Psychotherapist in both British Columbia and Ontario. He has continued to provide EFT to the marriage and family therapy community in the United States and Canada.

What Is Emotion-Focused Therapy?

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) which is also often known as “Treatment for people who tend to be low on emotion” aims at getting “people who tend to be low on emotion” into contact with their emotions. Doing so sometimes makes these clients see how life has actually turned out pretty well compared with what they would have expected feeling the emotions they believe they are missing or suppressing.

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Leslie Greenberg (at the right side), Source: @dr.mehmettekneci

For those of you who don’t know, EFT is an acronym for Emotional Freedom Techniques. It is an effective way to reduce stress, lower anxiety, improve mood, lower stress levels, balance oxygen, and energy levels, reduce body pain, gain muscle strength, and prevent the disease from developing. The techniques are simple and easy to learn and apply in your daily life.

How Leslie Greenberg Applied His Therapy?

In Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), the therapist helps the client identify feelings that are aroused or unresolved during a particular moment of interaction with a partner or family member. The goal is to help partners, for example, find ways to support what one person does well and reduce criticism for what they don’t do as well. This refocusing on what is most important allows people to maintain consistency in their own behavior and self-esteem over time. Emotion-Focused Therapy was originally developed by Leslie Greenberg who noted common patterns among couples with communication problems such as anger-based communication, lack of listening skills, and many unspoken thoughts. It has been used increasingly with families including those experiencing abuse, addiction, and sexual assault.

With some of these techniques, it took only a short period of time for these clients to experience significant and sustainable changes in their lives. Leslie Greenberg’s work with the Emotion-Focused Therapy group has helped some people change their entire outlook on life. As a result, these people are now more confident, healthier, happier, and wealthier.

In this seminal volume, master clinician and founder of emotion-focused therapy (EFT) Leslie Greenberg presents a comprehensive overview of EFT―a treatment that helps clients identify, experience, accept, explore, interpret, transform, and flexibly manage their emotions. Essentially, the approach helps clients increase their emotional intelligence and achieve greater well-being.

Emotion-Focused Therapy’s influence has grown in the decade since the first edition of this book was published. There have been significant theoretical and empirical advances, and the approach has been applied successfully to new clinical populations. This second edition incorporates the latest theory and research on Emotion-Focused Therapy. It also includes a new chapter on specific marker-guided interventions and case formulation, as well as chapters on forgiveness and working with emotion in organizational leadership. This essential guide to EFT is required reading for all therapists who believe that accessing emotions can be a source of healing and wisdom.

Emotion-Focused Therapy is used successfully with families across all ethnicities who have experienced relational problems that challenge their ability to express love for one another.

The goals are two-fold: first, to increase satisfaction in family life through enhanced spontaneity

Last Updated on December 2, 2021 by Lucas Berg


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