Transdiagnostic treatment for emotional disorders.*

The transdiagnostic approach is an evidence based treatment derived form CBT(1), that focuses on developing emotion regulation skills.

It was developed by a group of researchers in clinical psychology, as they detected a common deficit in the domain of emotion regulation through different diagnosis, as is the case for anxiety and depression.  In those cases, they observed that an improvement in a particular domain, had a positive impact in other domains as well.  For that reason, they’ve proposed a unified protocol treatment that could target the emotion regulation as the common factor that could correlate to different expressions of mental health problems.

The treatment proposes an initial assessment that will guide the selection between different modules that comprises the learning on:

  1.  emotions and their adaptive role on decision making processes.
  2.  Developing attention and awareness to emotions.
  3. Reframing of dysfunctional believes.  
  4. Regulation of physical sensations.

Its duration is estimated in 16 sessions, and it requires some time for practices between sessions. The psychologist will be an active participant by using teaching materials, exercises and activities that can contribute to the learning.

*Barlow et al., 2018. Unified Protocol For Transdiagnostic Treatment For Emotional Disorders.

(1) Cognitive behavioral treatment