Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Read: Emotion-focused Therapy: Coaching Clients to Work Through Their Feelings

Title: Emotion-focused Therapy: Coaching Clients to Work Through Their Feelings
Author: Leslie S. Greenberg
Published: American Psychological Association, 2002

I had the honour to attend a seminar conducted by Greenberg several years ago and it took me a while to get my hands on a copy of one of his books from the local library. It took me more than two weeks to read this book.

This book illustrates Greenberg's ideas about the role of emotions in life and in therapy. Written in a systematic and clear fashion, the author drew references from his clinical experiences and insights to discuss how individuals, couples and parents can more effectively deal with difficult emotions in everyday life.

For parents who would like to learn to be effective emotion coaches for their children, there is a chapter in this book that discusses the topic of emotion coaching in parenting. It was stated that in Gottman's (1997) (The heart of parenting: How to raise an emotionally intelligent child.) study, emotion-focused mentoring of children's feelings was found  to have a soothing effect on children and led to a change in their parasympathetic nervous system responses.

A book to be added as a resource on the shelves of anyone interested to learn to deal more effectively with one's feelings.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Read: Nick Ortner's The Tapping Solution

Title: The Tapping Solution: A Revolutionary System for Stress-Free Living
Author: Nick Ortner
Publisher: Hay House, 2013

Through various sources and through a friend of mine, I have heard about Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). When I came across Nick Orner's The Tapping Solution at the library, the instinct was to borrow it. This book by Nick Ortner provides an introduction to Emotional Freedom Techniques especially in dealing with negative emotional state such as stress, trauma, phobias and more.

As best as I have understood, tapping seems to deactivate the brain's arousal pathway. The act of tapping on the meridian endpoints sends a calming response to the body.

The book offers several examples of how one could practise the Emotional Freedom Techniques for a variety of situations such as to relieve anxiety, release physical pain and more. This book may be an alternative approach to healing that is worth learning about.

For more information, you may like to refer to http://www.thetappingsolution.com