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Jeanne Watson

Jeanne Watson

phone: (416) 978-0705

Department: Applied Psychology and Human Development

Research Overview

Dr. Watson is a major exponent of humanistic-experiential psychotherapy and has contributed to the development of Emotion Focused Psychotherapy, the process experiential approach. She teaches and conducts research on the process and outcome of psychotherapy with a focus on emotion focused psychotherapy. Dr. Watson has conducted psychotherapy outcome studies to examine the effectiveness of different approaches to psychotherapy including emotion focused therapy, client-centered and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. In addition she studies psychotherapy process to identify the active ingredients of change. Much of this work has focused on factors related to emotion, attachment and interpersonal processes including the therapeutic relationship and the working alliance. Dr. Watson has co-authored and co-edited a total of 8 books on humanistic and emotion focused psychotherapy. Her most recent book is entitled Emotion Focused Psychotherapy for GAD with Dr. Leslie Greenberg. This is currently being translated into simplified Chinese. Dr. Watson received the Outstanding Early Career Achievement Award from the International Society for Psychotherapy Research in 2002 and was President of the Society in 2014-2015. She was recognized as an APA Fellow in 2013.

Teaching Overview

APD1203 Practicum I: Interventions in Counselling
APD3215 Seminar in Counselling Psychology: Part 1
APD1202 Theories and Techniques of Counselling
APD1263 Seminar in Research Methods for MA students [RM]

Representative Publications


Watson, J.C. & Greenberg, L.S. (2017). Emotion Focused Psychotherapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Washington: APA Books. (currently being translated into the Simplified Chinese Language). 

Cooper, M., Watson, J. C. & Hoelldampf, D. (Eds.) (2010). Person centered and experiential therapies work: A review of the research on counselling, psychotherapy and related practices. Ross on Wye: PCCS Books. 

Watson, J. C., Goldman, R. N., & Greenberg, L. S. (2007).  Case-studies in the experiential treatment of depression: A comparison of good and bad outcome.  Washington: APA Books. 

Greenberg, L. S. & Watson, J. C. (2005).  EFT for Depression.  Washington: APA Books. (This book has been translated and republished in Complex Chinese language by permission of APA in 2009). 

Elliott, R., Watson, J. C., Greenberg, L., & Goldman, R. (2003).  Learning emotion focused psychotherapy: The process-experiential approach to change. Washington: APA Books. (This book has been translated and republished in Complex Chinese language by permission of APA in 2009).        

Watson, J. C., Goldman, R., & Warner, M. S. (Eds.). (2002).  Client-centered and experiential psychotherapy in the 21st century: Advances in theory, research and practice. Ross on Wye:  PCCS Books. 

Kennedy-Moore, E., & Watson, J. C. (1999).  Expressing emotion: Myths, realities and therapeutic strategies.  New York: Guilford Press.


Selected Articles

Watson, J.C., Saedi Chekan, S. & McMullen, E. M. (2017).  Emotion Focused Psychotherapy for GAD: Individual case comparison of a good and poor outcome case. Person Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy.

Watson, J. C. Steckley, P. J., & McMullen, E. J. (2014). The role of empathy in promoting change in EFT-PE and CBT. Psychotherapy Research, 24,3, 286-298.

Angus, L., Watson, J.C., Elliott, R., Schneider, K. & Timulak, L. (2015). Humanistic Psychotherapy Research 1990-2015: From methodological innovation to evidence-supported treatment outcomes and beyond. Psychotherapy Research.


Silva, A. N., Vasco. A. B. & Watson, J.C. (2013). Alexithymia and Emotional Processing as Phenomena Pertinent to all Theoretical Orientations. International Journal of Psychotherapy, 17(3), 5-19.


Watson, J. C. (2011). The process of growth and transformation: Extending the process model. Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies, 10(1), 11-27.

Watson, J. C., McMullen, E. J., Prosser, M. C., & Bedard, D. L. (2011). An examination of the relationships among clients' affect regulation, in-session emotional processing, the working alliance, and outcome. Psychotherapy Research, 21(1), 86-96.


Geller, S., Greenberg, L.S., & Watson, J.C. (2010). Therapeutic presence: The development of a measure. Psychotherapy Research, 20(5), 599-610. 


Watson, J.C., Shein, J., & McMullen, E. (2009).  An examination of clients’ in-session changes and their relationship to the working alliance and outcome.  Psychotherapy Research, 4, 1-10.


Watson, J.C. & Bedard, D. (2006).  Clients’ emotional processing in psychotherapy: A comparison between cognitive-behavioral and process-experiential psychotherapy.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical psychology, 74(1), 152-159.


McMullen, E & Watson, J.C. (2005). An examination of therapist and client behaviour in high and low alliance sessions in cognitive-behavioural therapy and process experiential therapy.  Psychotherapy: Theory, research, practice, and training, 42(3), 297-310.


Watson, J. C., & Geller, S. (2005).  An examination of the relations among empathy, unconditional acceptance, positive regard and congruence in both cognitive-behavioral and process-experiential psychotherapy.  Psychotherapy Research, 15 (1-2), 25-33. 


Watson, J. C., Gordon, L.B., Stermac, L., Steckley, P., & Kalogerakos, F. (2003).  Comparing the effectiveness of process-experiential with cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy in the treatment of depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 71(4), 773-781.


Kennedy-Moore, E., & Watson, J.C. (2001).  “How and when does emotional expression help?” Review of General Psychology, 5(3), 187-212.


Greenberg, L. S., & Watson, J. C. (1998). Experiential therapy in the treatment of depression: Differential effects of the client-centred relationship conditions and active experiential interventions.  Psychotherapy Research, 2, 210-224. 


Watson, J. C. (1996).  An examination of clients’ cognitive-affective processes during the exploration of problematic reactions.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 63, 459-464.


Watson, J. C., & Greenberg, L. S. (1996).  Pathways to change in the psychotherapy of depression: Relating process to session change and outcome.  Psychotherapy, 33, 262-274.


Watson, J. C., & Rennie, D. (1994).  A qualitative analysis of clients' reports of their subjective experience while exploring problematic reactions in therapy.  Journal of Counseling Psychology, 41 (4), 500-509.