Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Goldman, Rhonda

  • Catalina Woldarsky MenesesEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_993


Goldman, Rhonda


Rhonda Goldman, professor at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, is a central figure in the world of emotion-focused therapy (EFT). She has written extensively on the EFT models for individual and couple therapy.


Goldman completed her PhD in clinical psychology at York University in Toronto, Canada, under the guidance of her mentor Dr. Leslie Greenberg. She began working with couples in 2001 while at the Family Institute at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Contribution to the Profession

Goldman’s work provided an empirical foundation upon which the EFT model would emerge. Much of the research she conducted as a graduate student focused on understanding the emotional processes that unfolded in the treatment of depression and was done at a time when her supervisor, Leslie Greenberg, was beginning to articulate an emotion-focused approach for individuals (originally termed “process-experiential therapy”)....

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  1. Elliott, R., Watson, J. C., Goldman, R., & Greenberg, L. S. (2004). Learning emotion-focused therapy: A process-experiential approach to change. Washington, DC: APA Books.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.GenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Psychology and Counseling DepartmentWebster University GenevaBellevueSwitzerland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kelley Quirk
    • 1
  • Adam Fisher
    • 2
  1. 1.Human Development and Family StudiesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA