Title Forgiveness and Letting Go in Emotion-Focused Therapy
Author Catalina Woldarsky Meneses, Leslie S. Greenberg
ISBN 9781433830570
List price USD 49.99
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 215
Book size 178 x 254 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher American Psychological Association (Eurospan Group)
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Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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“This book is a happy marriage between forgiveness practice and emotion-focused couples therapy, especially using empty-chair dialogues. Therapists and counselors working with clients who have emotional injuries will benefit from knowing that they have several options: holding people accountable, letting go, or forgiving. A great how-to book. “

Everett L. Worthington, Jr., PhD, Commonwealth Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond


“Don’t be fooled by the title of this book. It is not about one type of therapy dealing with one type of problem. For some clients, forgiveness is an optimal route to a more peaceful and fulfilling life, for others it is invalidating and socially unjust. As experts in the complexity of human suffering and the process of change, Greenberg and Woldarsky Meneses provide vivid clinical examples, conceptual maps, and various empirically based guidelines for moving away from emotional pain. A crucial therapeutic tool for all mental health practitioners.”

Louis G. Castonguay, PhD, Liberal Arts Professor of Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park


Many individuals and couples come to therapy because of unresolved feelings of anger and hurt resulting from experiences of being wronged, betrayed, or violated. Over the past 20 years, Leslie S. Greenberg and his colleagues have done extensive clinical research to articulate a model of emotional injury resolution and map out a therapy-assisted path to forgiveness.

In this book, Greenberg and Woldarsky Meneses offer step-by-step guidance for conducting emotion-focused therapy (EFT) and EFT for couples, along with analyses of relevant clinical case material. They illustrate how to promote clients’ ownership of their emotional experience, empower clients to appropriately assign responsibility for harm done, and help clients see that they have the resources and resilience to recover from the emotional injury.

Therapists will also learn to help clients determine whether forgiveness — with or without reconciliation with the injurer — is the right path for them or whether therapy should focus instead on letting go of negative feelings.



Chapter 1. Forgiveness

Chapter 2. Emotion-Focused Therapy

Chapter 3. Emotion-Focused Therapy and Forgiveness for Individuals

Chapter 4. Case Examples of the Resolution Process for Individuals

Chapter 5. Overview of the Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples Framework

Chapter 6. Emotion-Focused Therapy and Forgiveness or Reconciliation for Couples

Chapter 7. A Model of the Process of Forgiving in Couples Therapy

Chapter 8. Case Example of Forgiveness for Couples




About the Authors

About the Authors:

Leslie Greenberg, Ph.D. is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Psychology at York University in Toronto. He has authored key texts on emotion-focused psychotherapy, from its inception in the 1980s through today. He has received the Distinguished Research Career award of the International Society for Psychotherapy Research as well as the Carl Rogers and the Distinguished Professional Contribution to Applied Research of the American Psychology Association. He conducts a private practice for individuals and couples and trains people in emotion-focused approaches.

Catalina Woldarsky Meneses, PhD, is a psychotherapist who works with individuals and couples in private practice. She is also an adjunct professor at Webster University’s Graduate Counselling Program, Geneva campus.

She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at York University, under the guidance and mentorship of Leslie S. Greenberg.

She is involved in supervising and training therapists learning emotion-focused therapy in North America and Europe and is one of the founding members and current vice president of the Swiss Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy.

Dr. Woldarsky Meneses was born in Chile, grew up and studied in Canada, and now lives in Switzerland with her family.

Target Audience:

This book is a crucial therapeutic tool for all mental health practitioners, psychiatrists, therapists and counselors working with clients who have emotional injuries.


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