Book

This edited volume brings together chapters from leading psychotherapy researchers and scholars elaborating on the importance of working actively with clients’ difficult emotions.

Written to instruct working clinicians in how to increase their therapeutic effectiveness, the book describes focused approaches that allow clients to productively experience and express their emotions in ways that go beyond mere catharsis and contribute to lasting change. Grounded in the latest clinical science, coverage includes mindfulness- and acceptance-based strategies, compassion-focused techniques, new variations on exposure-based interventions, the use of imagery to rework underlying schemas, and methods for addressing emotional aspects of the therapeutic relationship.

Notable contributors include Arnoud Arntz, PhD, Leslie Greenberg, PhD, Steven Hayes, PhD, Robert Leahy, PhD, Jeremy Safran, PhD, and Bruce Wampold, PhD, among many others.

Called “outstanding” by Michelle Craske, PhD, President Elect of the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies and “important” by Jacques Barber, PhD, Past President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research.

The book can be purchased from Amazon or directly from Guilford Press. (Note: currently Guilford offers a 20% discount if you use promotion code “2E”.) 

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Rafaeli, E., Maurer, O., Lazarus, G., & Thoma, N. C. (2016). The self in schema therapy. In M. Kyrios, S. Bhar, G. Doron, M. Mikulincer, R. Moulding, & M. Nedeljkovic (Eds) The self in understanding and treating psychological disorders. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK.

Thoma, N. C., Pilecki, B., & McKay, D. (2015). Contemporary cognitive behavioral therapy: Theory, history, and evidence. Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 43(3), 423–462.

Pilecki, B., Thoma, N. C., & McKay, D. (2015). Cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic therapies: Points of intersection and divergence. Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 43(3), 463-490.

Thoma, N. C., McKay, D. (Eds.). (2014). Working with emotion in CBT: Techniques for clinical practice. Guilford: New York.

Thoma, N. C. & Greenberg, L. S. (2014). Integrating emotion-focused therapy into cognitive behavioral therapy.In N. C. Thoma & D.M. McKay (Eds) Engaging emotion in cognitive behavioral therapy: Experiential techniques to promote lasting change. Guilford: New York.

Rafaeli, E., Maurer, O., & Thoma, N. C. (2014). Working with schema modes. In N. C. Thoma & D.M. McKay (Eds) Engaging emotion in cognitive behavioral therapy: Experiential techniques to promote lasting change. Guilford: New York.

Busch, F. N., Milrod, B. M., Thoma, N. C. (2013). Teaching clinical research on psychodynamic psychotherapy to psychiatric residents. Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 41, 141-162.

Thoma, N. C., McKay, D., Gerber, A. J., Milrod, B. M., Edwards, A. R., & Kocsis, J. H. (2012). A quality-based review of randomized controlled trials of cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression: An assessment and meta-regression. American Journal of Psychiatry, 169, 22-30.

Johnson, D. Cabral, A., Mueller, B., Trub, L., Kruk, J, Upshur, E., Diaz, L., Marrero, L., auf der Heyde, T., Thoma, N., Rodriguez, E., Cione, G., & Fraenkel, P. (2010). Training in instersectionality sensitivity: A community-based, collaborative approach.  American Family Therapy Academy Monograph Series, Winter 2010.

Thoma, N. C., & Cecero, J. J. (2009). Is integrative use of techniques in psychotherapy the exception or the rule? Results of a national survey of doctoral-level practitioners. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 64, 405-417.                             

McKay, D., Thoma, N. C., & Pilecki, B. (2009). Information processing and neuroscience features of anxiety: Refining the bases for diagnosis. In D. McKay, J. Abramowitz, S. Taylor & G. Asmundson (Eds.) Current perspectives on the anxiety disorders: Implications for DSM-V and beyond. New York: Springer.

 

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Thoma, N. C. (2014, Sept). Evidence for working with emotion in psychotherapy. Invited presentation at the Austrian American Institute, Salzburg, Austria.

Thoma, N. C. (2014, Sept). Introduction to emotion-focused therapy. Invited presentation at the Austrian American Institute, Salzburg, Austria.

Thoma, N. C. (2014, Sept). Introduction to schema therapy. Invited presentation at the Austrian American Institute, Salzburg, Austria.

Thoma, N. C. (2014, Sept). Applying experiential techniques in clinical practice. Invited didactic training at the Austrian American Institute, Salzburg, Austria.

Thoma, N. C. (2012, May). Proposed mechanisms of change in schema therapy for chronic depression. Presentation at the biennial meeting of the International Society for Schema Therapy, New York, NY.

Thoma, N. C. (2011, June). A study of the quality of randomized controlled trials of cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression. Grand rounds presentation, Payne Whitney Clinic, Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY.

Levy, R., Meehan, K., Thoma, N., & Wolf, A.  (2011, May). Clinicians as researchers. Panel discussion at the annual meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Integration, Washington, DC.

Thoma, N.C., & Gerber, A. J. (2011, May). Neuroscience and mechanisms of action in psychotherapy. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Integration, Washington, DC.

Gerber, A. J., & Thoma, N. C. (2009, October).Empirical research on psychodynamic psychotherapy: Can we count what counts? Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Research Forum, Honolulu, HI.

Thoma, N. C. (2009, May). The use of meta-analytic software in meta-regression: Currentmethodological issues. Poster session presented at the annual Fordham Communitas conference, Bronx, NY.

Garcia, F., Thoma, N. C., & Gerber, A. J. (2009, January). Measuring the feeling of knowing: Predictions for an fMRI study of transference. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association, New York, NY.

Lee, J., Gerber, A. J., Thoma, N. C., & Pelgrift, R. (2009, January). Effect of morphed face imagesin triggering transference. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association, New York, NY.

Thoma, N. C., & Cecero, J. J. (2008, September). Is psychotherapy integration the exception or the rule? Results of a national survey of doctoral-level practitioners. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research, New Haven, CT.

Thoma, N. C., & Gerber A. J. (2008, April). Disentangling motivation and automaticity in psychoanalysis and cognitive neuroscience. Poster session presented at the APA Division 39 Annual Meeting, New York, NY.

Fraenkel, P., Kruk, J., Oakes, M., Sulle-Bowen, M., Thoma, N. C., & Upshur-David, E. (2005, June). Challenges and coping of homeless families with teenagers. Poster session presented at the International Family Therapy Academy Conference, Washington, DC.

 

AD HOC PEER REVIEWER

American Journal of Psychiatry

Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

European Psychiatry

American Psychologist

Psychotherapy Research

Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training

Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

Journal of Psychotherapy Integration

Journal of Affective Disorders