Susan Johnson on Why Labeling Clients’ Emotions Isn’t Enough
Emotions can be tricky—once they enter the consulting room, it’s easy for both therapists and clients to become stuck in, overwhelmed by, and embattled with strong emotions. It’s no surprise that so many models of therapy focus on changing clients’ problematic thoughts and behaviors—their unhealthy habits, outbursts, and destructive self-talk—while emotions take a back seat. When clients’ emotions are addressed in these cognition-focused models of therapy, they’re labeled and acknowledged without becoming central to the therapeutic process.
For Susan Johnson, an emotionally focused couples therapist and author of Hold Me Tight , naming emotions isn’t enough—therapists must also be willing to fully engage with clients who are experiencing powerful emotions. That’s why we’ve included her Symposium workshop with Kathryn Rheem on EFT in our State of the Art 2013 virtual conference. In this presentation, Sue skillfully addresses the tension we as therapists face in being with clients’ emotions while maintaining a regulated, safe, and effective therapeutic environment.
In this preview clip, she demonstrates what empathic engagement looks like—and how it differs from the way many therapists are used to working with emotion.
Sue’s workshop was chosen for State of the Art 2013 in part because it spans so many topics that are relevant to a wide range of therapists, including attachment research, couples work, emotionally focused work, and brain science. Like hers, all 40 events available through State of the Art— including new and revisited sessions with innovators like Dan Goleman, Tara Brach, Dan Siegel, and William Doherty—provide both practical, focused discussions applicable to your daily practice, and a refreshing sense of greater perspective.
Join us and focus on the clinical specialty areas most relevant to your practice—choosing from Couples & Family, Integrative Mental Health, Brain Science & Attachment, and Anxiety, Depression & Trauma—or explore them all and discover new tools for your practice that you never knew you needed. Either way, you’ll leave the experience feeling informed, inspired, supported, and prepared to bring new, expert-tested techniques into your practice.
State of the Art 2013
Starting November 4-8 And On Demand
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