1st Edition

Transforming Emotional Pain An Emotion-Focused Workbook

    188 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    188 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Transforming Emotional Pain presents an accessible self-help approach to mental health based on Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT).

    Based on the principles of EFT, and developed by clinicians and researchers, this client-focused workbook is designed to supplement psychotherapy and can also serve as a self-help book. It will help readers learn how to regulate feelings that are unpleasant and transform painful feelings, so that they can fulfil their needs and feel more connected and empowered in their lives. Providing a step-by-step sequential guide to exploring, embracing, and transforming emotions, the various chapters guide the reader to help overcome emotional avoidance, with sections on: transforming the emotional self-interrupter; transforming the inner self-worrier; transforming the self-critic; and healing from emotional injury.

    This workbook can be used by trained therapists, mental health professionals, psychology professionals, and trainees as supplementary to their therapeutic interventions with clients. It can also be used by general readers with an interest in self-help literature and resources or anyone wanting to explore, embrace, and transform their emotions.

    Introduction to the Transforming Emotional Pain Workbook; 1: The Role of Emotions in Our Lives; 2: Optimal Use of Emotions; 3: Overcoming Emotional Avoidance (The Self-Interrupter); 4: Overcoming Emotional Avoidance (The Self-Worrier); 5: Transforming the Self-Critic; 6: Transforming Interpersonal Emotional Injury (Unfinished Business); 7: Summary and Conclusion; References; Appendices; Index


    Aman Kwatra, DCounsPsych, is Consultant Psychologist and Research Associate at Spectrum.Life. His main professional and research interests are in leveraging digital technologies for the provision and advancement of mental health services.

    Ladislav Timulak, PhD, is Professor in Counselling Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. His main research interest is psychotherapy research, particularly the development of emotion-focused therapy.

    Sharon Lu Huixian, DClinPsych, is a Principal Clinical Psychologist at the Institute of Mental Health, Singapore. Her main research interests are in the implementation and dissemination of internet-delivered interventions and psychotherapy outcomes research.

    Ciara Joyce, DClinPsych, is a Clinical Psychologist at the Student Counselling Service in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She is interested in the promotion of mental health and social change.

    Mary Creaner, DPsych, is an Assistant Professor with the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Director of the MSc in Clinical Supervision, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

    'This much-awaited book is the first of its kind, and unlike any other in the self-help genre. Rich practical exercises, based on sound science, explore an insightful vision of this workbook can usher people through the steps of transforming their feelings.'
    Antonio Pascual-Leone, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of Windsor, Canada

    'For readers eager to opening doors to a deeper understanding of themselves and our most challenging, yet most transformational experiences: our emotions. A wonderful resource to better know what you feel and what you need to understand your pain and how to change it.'
    - Carla Cunha, Ph.D., Associate Professor at University of Maia – ISMAI, Portugal, coordinator of the Erasmus+ project EmpoweringEFT@EU, involving five European countries