Contrasting Two Clients in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Depression 2: The Case of "Eloise," "It's Like Opening the Windows and Letting the Fresh Air Come In"
Keywords:emotion, case study, experiential therapy, depression, randomized clinical trials (RCTs), emotion-focused therapy (EFT), case studies, clinical case studies, comparative case studies
AbstractThis paper presents a good-outcome case of "Eloise," an individual drawn from the York II Depression study and treated with emotion-focused therapy (EFT) (Goldman, Greenberg, & Angus, 2006). Using the case comparison method, this study considers data from an observer-rated measure of emotional processing during therapy, the client's perceptions of change as measured by post-session and post-therapy questionnaires, the therapist's perceptions of change as measured by post-session reports, and post-therapy interview data, to form an understanding of factors that contributed to change. Eloise's case study is designed to compare and contrast with Watson, Goldman, and Greenberg's (2011) case study of Tom, a poor-outcome case drawn from a similar RCT. The Eloise and Tom case studies extend and build upon the cases presented by the authors of Case Studies in Emotion-Focused Treatment of Depression: A Comparison of Good and Poor Outcome (Watson, Goldman, & Greenberg, 2007), which consist of three good outcome and three poor outcome clients compared and contrasted using the case-comparison method.
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