“Alba Emoting ™: A New Tool for Working with Emotions in Experiential Psychotherapy”

science1Alba Emoting™ is a physical method to help recognize, induce, express and regulate the basic emotions. This is achieved through specific breathing, postural and facial behaviours. Alba Emoting is based on psychophysiological research by Susana Bloch and her collaborators, who have applied this method mainly to train actors. Alba Emoting can be used in psychotherapy to facilitate emotion awareness, regulation and transformation. It can also help therapists better recognize their own and their clients’ emotions. In the minds of laypeople, emotions are central to the work of psychologists. Yet for decades, psychological theories viewed emotions as third-class phenomena, after behaviour and cognition. In recent years, psychological science has finally began to acknowledge that emotions are not just epiphenomena but rather serve important functions in organizing thoughts and behaviour and cognition. In recent years, psychological science has finally began to acknowledge that emotions are not just epiphenomena but rather serve important functions in organizing thoughts and behaviour. Understandably, theories of psychotherapy have lagged behind in integrating the science of emotions into clinical practice. Lacking a theoretical understanding of emotions and specific methods to work with them, therapists fall back on what they know, that is, working with behaviours and thoughts and hoping that emotions follow suit. Slowly, however, theorists like Leslie Greenberg and his colleagues (e.g., Greenberg, 2004; Greenberg & Paivio, 1997; Greenberg, Rice, & Elliott, 1993) have begun to present coherent approaches to working with emotions in psychotherapy. The aim of the present report is to present the applications in psychotherapy of a specific method for working with emotions. The method is Alba Emoting™

 

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