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Home Study: Counseling Adults with Food Allergies after an Anaphylactic Reaction: An Application of Emotion-Focused Therapy 

10-11-2018 12:02

Counseling Adults With Food Allergies After an Anaphylactic Reaction: An Application of Emotion-Focused Therapy
by Jessica Z. Taylor; Chrystal L. Lewis
Volume 40, Issue 01 - January 2018

Little information is known about how counselors may work with adult clients regarding psychosocial sequelae of food allergies. The current article aims to provide counselors with a deeper understanding of life-threatening food allergies, ways in which adults may attempt to manage food allergies in adulthood, and emotional reactions that may occur after experiencing anaphylaxis. This article discusses ways that counselors can utilize emotion-focused therapy (EFT) interventions to help adult food-allergic clients process emotional reactions after experiencing anaphylaxis due to an ingested food allergen. Both in-session and at-home EFT strategies are discussed. EFT for trauma is discussed as a potential direction for future counseling research. Medical family therapy is discussed as a potential direction for counseling practice so that counselors may have a framework for working with other health-care professionals to help address food-allergic adult clients' psychosocial needs.

Article is free for AMHCA members:

For AMHCA members to access the journal they must first go to and log in to the website with their username and password. Once they have logged in, they will click on “Journal of Mental Health Counseling” under the “Publications” tab. From there they will click on the “ Member Access” icon.

Non-AMHCA members will need to purchase the article:

Articles are available to non-members for $25.

AMHCA will provide 0.5 CE for reading and completing the accompanying quiz with a passing grade (80% or higher). American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) has been approved to provide continuing education by the National Board for Certified Counselors and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. All sales are final - home study registrations are non-refundable.


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