Physical Holding - Book Cover

Physical Holding in Psychotherapy


  • by Dr. Michelle Webster


  • "This book on holding in psychotherapy truly touches the reader and is one of those rare books from which one truly learns something. It gives us an inside view of people's journeys in therapy and the power of touch in facilitating this journey. Michelle Webster confronts convention in a most thoughtful way and shows us how clients' experiences of being held in therapy are highly therapeutic. She tells the story of physically holding clients in therapy, from both her and her clients' perspectives, and in so doing deals delicately and sensitively with issues of how human beings relate in embodied ways to promote healing."


  • - Dr Leslie Greenberg, PhD. Professor of Psychology, York University.


  • The Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy is very happy to announce its first publication. The Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy has developed an Emotionally Focused psychotherapy that is a verbal and experiential therapy, and incorporates physical contact and holding. The core principles behind this psychotherapy are emotional healing through emotional contact, regression and a mothering experience. This book, Physical Holding in Psychotherapy is the first publication of Emotionally Focused psychotherapy and presents the results of Dr Michelle Webster's intensive research on physical holding in therapy. The book provides an explanation of how clients heal from past infant and childhood traumas through the process of being loved, cared for and nurtured in a mothering experience that is both real and symbolic in a verbal psychotherapy.

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  • Transformation of Emotion in Individuals & Couples


  • Introducing Dr Leslie Greenberg

  • Leslie Greenberg - Portrait

    Leslie Greenberg, Ph.D. is the developer of Emotion-Focused therapy. He is the Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Psychotherapy Research Clinic, York University, Toronto. He also conducts a private practice for individuals and couples and trains people in Emotion-Focused approaches.


  • Dr Greenberg has published extensively on research on the process of change. He received the 2004 Distinguished Research Career award of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. He is a founding member of the Society of the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) and a past President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR). He has been awarded the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Program Award for Excellence in Professional Training and the Canadian Psychological Association Professional Award for distinguished contributions to Psychology as a profession. He was also awarded the Carl Rogers award of the American Psychology Association's Society for Humanistic Psychology.

  • He has co-authored the major texts on emotion focused approaches to treatment of individuals and couples: Facilitating Emotional Change (1993) and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (1988). More recent books include Emotion-Focused Therapy: Coaching Clients to Work through their Feelings (2002), Emotion-Focused Therapy of Depression (2006) and Emotion-Focused Couple Therapy: The Dynamics of Emotion, Love and Power (2008).


  • A set of DVDs are available from Dr Greenberg's 2010 two-day workshop presentation in Sydney.

  • · Day 1: Individual work (2 DVDs): $110
  • · Day 2: Couple Work (1 DVD): $55
  • · Interview with Dr Greenberg: $33
  • · Set of Day 1 and 2, plus interview: $165

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  • - All prices stated above include GST