This book looks at 15 years of research involving clinical trials, observation and analysis of therapy sessions, as well as the authors' own extensive clinical experience to describe precisely how EFT works to heal complex trauma.
About the Author
Sandra Paivio, PhD, CPsych, received her PhD in psychology from York University in 1993. Her program of research and clinical interests in complex trauma began at that time when she conducted and participated in published clinical trials of emotion-focused therapy. This approach proved to be particularly well-suited to clients dealing with complex trauma. Since that time, Dr. Paivio has published, with colleagues and graduate students, numerous chapters and articles on emotion-focused therapy and emotion-focused therapy for trauma (EFTT) and is the coauthor, with Les Greenberg, of Working With Emotions in Psychotherapy. Her research has continued to focus on clinical trials evaluating emotion-focused therapy and the emotional processes contributing to disturbance and recovery from complex trauma. Recent studies have evaluated the efficacy and processes of change in EFTT, and the benefits of different re-experiencing procedure. Dr. Paivio currently is a professor in and head of the psychology department at the University of Windsor, Canada, and director of the Psychotherapy Research Centre. Most recently her clinical work and supervision has focused on EFTT with refugee trauma survivors. She also maintains a part-time private practice. Antonio Pascual-Leone, PhD, CPsyc, is a clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of Windsor, Canada. Originally from Toronto, he completed his early graduate training in France and then returned to Toronto to complete his PhD with Les Greenberg at York University. Since that time, he has published a number of articles on the process and outcome of psychotherapy, with a special focus on the role of emotion. More recently, he coauthored an outcome study on an emotion-focused treatment for domestically violent men as well as several articles on psychotherapy skills training. In 2009, Dr. Pascual-Leone received the New Researcher Award from the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration for his contribution to the field. He currently runs a research group studying emotion and intervention at the University of Windsor, where he is also a graduate faculty member teaching emotion-focused therapy and integrative approaches to psychotherapy. In addition, Dr. Pascual-Leone has been a returning faculty member at the Emotion-Focused Therapy Summer Institute (Toronto) for many years, where he helps instruct intensive seminars on emotion-focused therapy skills for professionals. As well as being involved as a therapist in several of the published clinical trials of emotion-focused therapy--for both individual and couples therapy--he has also been trained in dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy. He runs a private practice in Windsor, seeing individuals and couples.