Emotion Regulation Therapy
for Chronic Anxiety and Recurring Depression
Emotion Regulation Therapy (ERT) is a recently developed and preliminarily supported manualized treatment for Generalized Anxiety Disorder that integrates components of cognitive-behavioral, acceptance, dialectical, mindfulness-based, and experiential, emotion-focused, treatments.
This mechanism-targeted behavioral intervention is based in an affect-science perspective, and focuses on the training of a number of regulatory skills including attentional flexibility, acceptance, cognitive distancing, and cognitive reframing as well as experiential exposure to contexts of perceived reward and risk.
To date, the efficacy of ERT has been demonstrated in recently concluded NIMH-funded trials including an open trial and a randomized clinical trial. Evaluation of efficacy and investigation of treatment mechanisms is on-going in clinics at CUNY Hunter College and Kent State University.