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Integrating ACT, DBT, and Exposure Therapy for Clients Struggling with Low Emotional Efficacy

When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
6:00 - 7:00PM
Where: Renewed Freedom Center (RFC) Conference Room
1849 Sawtelle Blvd
Suite 710
Los Angeles, California  90025
United States
Contact: Christine Izquierdo, Psy.D.

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“Integrating ACT, DBT, and Exposure Therapy for Clients Struggling with Low Emotional Efficacy"


About the speaker:Dr. Aprilia West is a Los Angeles-based licensed clinical psychologist, executive coach, author and trainer.  She offers evidence-based psychotherapy for individuals and couples to treat anxiety disorders, depression, mood disorders, trauma, chemical dependency problems, and interpersonal and relationship problems. She also offers executive coaching to clients seeking professional development and growth. West's passion for helping people achieve the best version of themselves by becoming powerful with their emotional experience led her to develop Emotion Efficacy Therapy (EET), a brief evidence-based protocol to help people effectively respond to intense stress and distress. She is co-author of the clinician's guide for Emotion Efficacy Therapy, (Context Press, 2016).


Prior to entering the field of psychology, Dr. West was an 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. She is a certified mediator and has completed conflict resolution training at the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation. 


Dr. West is 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). She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA, and a bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in Teaching from the University of Virginia. She resides in Venice, CA and maintains a private practice in LA and San Francisco.

Synopsis: This presentation will introduce Emotional Efficacy Therapy (EET) developed by Dr. West and colleagues, which integrates DBT, ACT and exposure therapy to help people struggling with chronic emotion dysregulation and/or emotion reactivity. EET blends psychoeducation with practical emotion efficacy skills clients can use to effectively navigate difficult or aversive emotional experiences, delivered through 4 skills modules (Emotion Awareness, Values-Based Action, Mindful Acceptance and Mindful Coping) in an exposure-based protocol. EET can can help clients increase their emotion awareness, learn to mindfully accept their emotional experiences, act on what matters, and downshift emotional activation to reconnect to their values. Time will be allotted for questions and discussion.


When: Wednesday, 5/23/18 from 6pm-7:30pm


Location: We meet at the Renewed Freedom Center (RFC) conference room located at 1849 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 710, Los Angeles, CA 90025 


Parking: There is ample street parking available on Sawtelle Blvd and nearby residential streets (metered and unmetered). There is a building parking garage, just note that RFC does not validate.


Be sure to mark your calendars and RSVP to Christine Izquierdo, Psy.D. at drizquierdo@renewedfreedomcenter.com if you plan on attending. Space is limited and based on a first come-first serve RSVP basis. 

All SIGs are open to current LACPA Members 


"The opinions of presenters at informal forums, such as Special Interest Groups (SIGs) or club meetings, and their approach to psychological issues and interventions do not represent a formal endorsement of any position by the Los Angeles County Psychological Association or its members.  The opinions, ideas, and concepts expressed are purely those of the presenter."

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