In this groundbreaking guide for clinicians, psychologist and author Matthew McKay presents emotional efficacy therapy (EET)-a powerful and proven-effective model for treating clients with emotion regulation disorders.
If you treat clients with emotion regulation disorders-including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder (BPD)-you know how important it is for these clients to take control of their emotions and choose their actions in accordance with their values. To help, emotion efficacy therapy (EET) provides a new, theoretically-driven, contextually-based treatment that integrates components from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) into an exposure-based protocol. In doing so, EET targets the transdiagnostic drivers of experiential avoidance and distress intolerance to increase emotional efficacy.
This step-by-step manual will show you how to help your clients confront and accept their pain, and learn to apply new adaptive responses to emotional triggers. Using a brief treatment that lasts as little as eight weeks, you will be able to help your clients understand and develop a new relationship with their emotions, learn how to have mastery over their emotional experience, practice values-based action in the midst of being emotionally triggered, and stop intense emotions from getting inthe way of creating the life they want.
Using the transdiagnostic, exposure-based approach in this book, you can help your clients manage difficult emotions, curb negative reactions, and start living a better life. This book is a game changer for emotion exposure treatment!
About the Authors:
Matthew McKay, PhD , is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, including The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook , Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings , When Anger Hurts , and ACT on Life Not on Anger . He has also penned two fiction novels, Us and The Wawona Hotel . McKay received his PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, and specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and depression. He lives and works in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Aprilia West, MT, MA , developed emotional efficacy therapy with Matt McKay as part of her dissertation research. As a former advisor, organizational consultant, mediator and executive coach to members of Congress, CEOs and Fortune 500 companies, West is passionate about the link between emotional efficacy, leadership and inspired living. West holds a bachelor's degree in English and master's degree in teaching from the University of Virginia, as well as a master's of psychology from the WrightInstitute. She is currently completing her PsyD from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA.