DR. APRILIA WEST is a Los Angeles-based licensed clinical psychologist, trainer, executive coach, and organizational consultant. She has extensive experience working with executives, creatives and leaders to help them access their full potential and to cultivate resilience in the face of difficulty and challenge. Dr. West has served as advisor, organizational consultant, mediator and executive coach for Fortune 500 companies, entertainment industry executives, U.S. Members of Congress and national and international non-profit advocacy groups and campaigns.
Her passion for helping people excel under intense stress and distress led her to develop Emotion Efficacy Therapy (EET), a brief evidence-based protocol to help people respond to intense stress and maintain high performance, and she is co-author of Emotion Efficacy Therapy, (Context Press, 2016).
Dr. West is past president of the Southern California chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) and is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).
DR. MATTHEW MCKAY is a clinical psychologist and professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. Dr. McKay developed Emotion Efficacy Therapy (EET), with Aprilia West, PsyD, and is co-author of Emotion Efficacy Therapy, (Context Press, 2016). He currently serves as the director of the Berkeley Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic. In 2016, McKay founded the Bay Area Trauma Recovery Clinic, providing low-fee services for people recovering from trauma.
Dr. McKay has also 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. In private practice, he specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and depression. He lives and works in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.