Why Emotion Efficacy?

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. 

McKay and West have developed a brief, practical and penetrating therapy that helps clients become more skillful with their critically important emotions.
— Rick Hanson, PhD, Author of Buddha's Brain and Hardwiring Happiness

While pain is an inevitable part of life, the way we respond to it has great impact on how much we suffer, as well as how successful we are. Clients need help developing the psychological flexibility necessary to enact new and more adaptive, workable behaviors in the face of pain. 

How people relate to their emotions— day to day, and especially in life-defining moments— creates the habits and patterns and choices that determine the course of their lives.

Knowing how to flexibly adapt, cope and connect to what matters, even in the midst of stress and intense distress allows people to build meaningful values-consistent lives.

Drawing on learning theory and cutting edge third wave Cognitive Behavioral research, Emotion Efficacy Therapy (EET) provides a brief transdiagnostic treatment that helps clients learn to better tolerate distress, regulate their emotions, 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.  Expanding people’s choices allows them to create lives that are increasingly conscious, authentic, and powerful. 

In addition to providing mindfulness, acceptance and coping skills for clients, EET also provides exposure-based skills training in session that helps skills "stick" when clients become emotionally triggered outside of therapy. In addition, EET can be delivered in as little as 8 sessions in a group or individual format. 

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.