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date: 13 December 2019

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While emotion regulation skills are taught in skills training group, the individual therapy modality is an opportunity for therapists to further strengthen these skills. This chapter describes a variety of reasons why therapists might not take up this opportunity. It summarizes the differential features, or “signature” of each emotion, in the domains of temperature, facial expression, body posture, breathing, muscle-tone, voice tone, and actions within the environment. It then describes the coaching of a discernment skill; i.e., how to “check the facts” to see not only whether the emotion is justified, but if so, also if it is being experienced with more (or less) intensity than the situation warrants. Finally, case examples are given to show the down-regulation of a specific emotion. The end of the chapter provides a summary of key points for the clinician to remember in strengthening emotion regulation skills.

Keywords: Emotion regulation, discernment, intensity, down-regulation, individual therapy, up-regulation

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