Individuals with high emotion efficacy have the confidence and the ability to experience and respond to difficult emotions in a contextually-adaptive, values-consistent manner. Many clients who seek psychotherapy, however, struggle with chronic emotion problems. Research suggests that over 75% of clients suffer from chronic and intense emotion reactivity. The impact of low emotion efficacy is wide and far reaching. Low emotion efficacy significantly impacts quality of life across multiple domains, including interpersonal, work, school and legal. There is another way.
While pain is an inevitable part of life, the way we respond to it has great impact on how much we suffer. Clients need help developing the psychological flexibility necessary to enact new and more adaptive, workable behaviors in the face of pain. While many therapy protocols provide helpful skills for clients, they often lack the exposure-based skills training in session that helps skills "stick" when clients become emotionally triggered outside of therapy. In addition, some protocols can take up to a year or more to complete, and are not practical for providers who work in clinics who offer short-term therapy with limited resources.
Emotion Efficacy Therapy (EET) provides a brief transdiagnostic treatment that helps clients learn to regulate their emotions, tolerate distress and make choices consistent with their values-- even when they are emotionally triggered. By learning different ways of responding to emotions, clients can increase their emotion efficacy. Ultimately, expanding choices means a world where people can create lives that are increasingly conscious, authentic, and powerful.
Research suggests that EET is effective for treating a wide range of emotion problems, from depression, anxiety and anger issues to trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Substance Use Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder and interpersonal problems. It can also be used as an adjunct therapy to insight oriented approaches when clients need targeted skills training for emotion regulation.
To find out more about EET or how to purchase the clinicians guide, Emotion Efficacy Therapy (Context Press, 2016) click here.