Emotion Regulation Therapy

Based on a framework rooted in basic and translational affective science, emotion regulation therapy (ERT) is a fusion of different techniques inspired by traditional and contemporary cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and experiential therapy. ERT is an intervention that targets distress and negative self-referential processing (i.e., worry, rumination, self-criticism) while teaching clients about the underlying functions of these maladaptive responses and how to enact alternative responses. This entry briefly introduces the conceptualization, structure, and implementation of ERT and concludes with recent empirical findings lending support for the efficacy of ERT.

ERT was specifically designed to improve acute and enduring treatment efficacy for individuals with generalized anxiety disorder, particularly when comorbid with major depressive disorder. Formulations of ERT have been strongly influenced by emotion regulation conceptualizations of generalized ...

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