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The Power Of Emotion In Therapy

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MJ2012-1How to Harness this Great Motivator

By Susan Johnson

Neuroscientists recently established emotion is the prime force shaping how we cope with life’s challenges. Psychotherapists are beginning to learn how to work with emotion...

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  • Comment Link Monday, 29 December 2014 16:40 posted by uchennah Samuel

    I found this article very informative, brilliant and amazing. As a new therapist struggling with staying with emotions, reading this article was a huge help.
    Thank you so much for helping new and developing therapists become more effective in their work.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 17 September 2013 14:37 posted by Donna Weber

    I can't believe I just found this post. I am so happy to learn that more people in the therapy profession are focusing on the importance of emotions. It has always seemed to me that we were leaving out a rather important part of what makes us human.

  • Comment Link Thursday, 20 September 2012 06:43 posted by Aurora

    Hello! I've been reading your site for some time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Kingwood Texas! Just wanted to tell you keep up the great work!

  • Comment Link Friday, 29 June 2012 15:22 posted by jan

    Good article. I know that catharsis can be extremely healing if done carefully. I also know that it the therapist is not paying attention it can re-traumatize people. As a meditator I was taught to allow my emotions to have their way with me and simply allow them to pass. This too is useful at times. How could anything in nature that is natural to a body be wrong?

  • Comment Link Friday, 29 June 2012 14:03 posted by cecilia berberich

    Excellent article using the Attachment theory to a sense of emotional awareness, connection and security ; "...slow, soft, simple..." equals emotional "safety"....

  • Comment Link Friday, 15 June 2012 19:25 posted by Tim

    Excellent article that will inspire further reading.

  • Comment Link Friday, 08 June 2012 13:51 posted by Dash4you

    Excellent material that helps me reflect on recent therapy where we entered to work on our relationship. My partner would not let go of her anger at me for taking care of my exhusband during a life threatening cardiac crisis. Long story, yet I choose to be there for our only child a successful adult daughter with two little girls who relied on her dad in many ways. I was able to be there for all of them for two months. Yet my partner saw this as an abandonment. I could never help her see my truth and the relationship ended. I continued to work in therapy
    finding my own dependent attachment. Releasing myself has brought an opportunity to have a healthier relationship in my future. Accepting the end of my relationship has been painfully freeing.

  • Comment Link Monday, 28 May 2012 22:10 posted by Kimi

    "Even with this more emotion-friendly attitude, it seems to me that, as a field, we still tend to err on the side of bypassing or containing emotion, rather than actively using it for change."

    Arts therapists, particularly music therapists, have been doing a great job with this for decades. Unfortunately, turf issues have kept effective arts therapy treatments from rising to the prominence their effectiveness warrants.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 15 May 2012 10:55 posted by Noreen

    Excellent article!