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Forgiveness and Letting Go in Emotion-Focused Therapy

Author: Leslie S. Greenberg PhD

Publisher: American Psychological Association

ISBN 10: 1433830574
ISBN 13: 978-1433830570

This book shows how forgiveness-oriented Emotion‑Focused Therapy (EFT) helps individuals and couples process
and transform distressing negative emotions by accessing internal resources of strength and self compassion. 
Many individuals and couples come to therapy because of unresolved feelings of anger and hurt due to experiences of
being wronged, betrayed, or violated. Over the past 20 years, Leslie Greenberg and his colleagues have undertaken
clinical research to articulate a model of emotional injury resolution and map out a therapy‑assisted path to forgiveness.
This book offers step‑by‑step guides for conducting EFT and EFT for couples, along with analyses of extensive
clinical case material. It shows readers how to:
‑promote clients’ ownership of their emotional experience
‑empower clients to appropriately assign responsibility for harm done
‑help clients see themselves as having the personal 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.