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ERT in your practice

Emotional Response Therapy is a highly effective therapy. Once you have completed Emotional Response Therapy training you can offer ERT to your clients.

Emotional Response Therapy


ERT is designed to help professionals who work in a trauma informed approach and understand the importance of how trauma negatively impacts upon a person's wellbeing.


ERT recognises that trauma often underlies other psychological and emotional conditions such as anxiety, phobias and depression. 

It can work as a standalone psychotherapy approach or be combined with other therapeutic disciplines as part of a comprehensive treatment package. 

"ERT is a psychotherapy and is applied like other therapies to help treat psychological and emotional distress. However, what sets it apart from other therapies is its simplicity and speed to help clients feel better. This therapy can complement the therapeutic work you already do."


Applying ERT

A typical session of ERT begins with the therapist discussing the client goals and taking a history informed by those goals.


The ERT procedure is applied to memories or thoughts to help reduce or remove the person's distress. This is a goal directed therapy that helps people experience relief from their symptoms and improve their quality of life. 

As psychologists and therapists, we have a duty of care to support our clients through therapy by offering an approach to alleviate distress in the shortest possible timeframe, whilst making the experience as effortless as possible. We should be striving to improve access to therapies for all people whilst seeking to reduce waiting times.


ERT offers an alternative approach to talking therapies and can significantly reduce emotional and psychological distress in a shorter time than other approaches. It requires considerably less discussion than other therapies which helps clients who are experiencing trauma. Therapists who have already trained in ERT have explained how much easier it is to apply for both them and their clients. 

The same procedure that is used by the ERT therapist to work systematically with clinical material can also be used by the client on day-to-day problems that distress them. Working in a parallel process increases the person's resilience with psychological problems whilst enhancing their wellbeing in the short and longer term.

Working in a parallel process can also shorten the time the person is engaged in therapy, significantly reducing a person's reliance on the NHS or other psychological service provider. 

Therapists trained in ERT are able to begin treatment more quickly due to the nature of the therapy. This helps clients experience relief sooner. ERT is easy to apply with clients. This simplicity helps clients achieve a reduction in their distress and symptomology more quickly.

Become an ERT Therapist

In order to offer ERT to your clients you need to complete Emotional Response Therapy training

What ERT trained therapists say...

"I was intrigued and excited to attend the 2-day ERT training facilitated by Nick Adams. I was impressed by the theoretical foundations that were a significant precursor to the ERT training itself. Nick has clearly spent considerable time and study to ensure that ERT has a strong scientific foundation and relied on multiple sources to establish the rationale for ERT's validity as a clinical intervention.

The teaching itself was well structured and built over the 2 days towards clinical understanding and proficiency as we practiced ERT "in situ", so to speak. I am very excited by the potential for ERT, which is a fascinating and effecive addition to my clinical arsenal. Although these are early days, I have found it is impactful rapidly and with minimal training for my patients, who are maintaining the benefits of this intervention and applying it to anxiogenic situations outside of sessions to great effect.

ERT is not only easy to learn for clinicans and patients but also has, I believe, a vast application with minimal outlay and benefits that I have not seen during my 3 decades working in mental health practice. I am very excited in ERT's possibilites for an overburdened NHS and will be evaluating its efficacy further in my own work."

Professor zaffer iqbal, PhD

clinical director - psychological services

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