What is “Emotional Regulation” and why is it important?

What is “Emotional Regulation” and why is it important?

Our ability to regulate our emotions and use them to identify our needs and wants is at the heart of healthy functioning  Issues in emotional regulation or difficulties or an inability to cope with experience or process emotions leaves us vulnerable to mental health issues and these difficulties have been implicated in eating disorders, generalised anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse and other disorders.  Helping clients identify and understand some of their problematic strategies for emotion regulation and their developmental history can be vital to progress in therapy.

A recent training by Dr Robert Leahy Phd, visiting from the American Institute of Cognitive Therapy in New York and Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, was inspirational for me   Incorporating these approaches in my work at MacKinnon Psychology Mosman is something I am very passionate about.

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