My Paper on EFMT Published

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My paper, Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Therapy (Gayner, 2019), has been published online by Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapies. It will be available in print in April 2019. The journal allows me, as the author, to post a pdf of the paper on my website that you can download, which includes all the edits but without the journal’s formatting. You can find the Version of Record (the official, beautifully formatted version) at Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapies <2019> /

With emotion-focused mindfulness therapy (EFMT), we are exploring integrating mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) into the process-experiential (PE)/emotion-focused therapy approach, oriented to its neo-humanist principles, emotion theory, and dialectical constructivist epistemology. Both MBIs and EFMT value the role of implicit experience in meditation. While MBI meditation may include allowing the felt sense to arise, it does not specify symbolizing it in order to fully resonate with, receive and carry forward its implications. Instead, MBIs emphasize attending to present-oriented experience and decentering from and letting go of distractions from this, such as thoughts and feelings about the past or the future. In doing so, MBIs create optimal conditions for, but do not specify, experiential and emotional processing. In contrast, EFMT uses its emotion-focused perspective to integrate process-diagnostic, marker-oriented tasks such as focusing into meditation, journaling, and empathically exploring clients’ experience in order to deepen experiencing, address unfinished business and inner conflicts, better navigate life, and cultivate growth and flourishing. Research is needed.