Research shows that higher levels of psychological flexibility provide a wide range of benefits, including higher levels of mental health and lower stress levels. Dr. Aprilia West offers some insight and an exercise to improve psychological flexibility.


Aprilla West, PsyD, MT, PCC, is an internationally recognized psychologist, coach, trainer, author, and expert in the field of psychotherapy and coaching. Dr. West is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice and a professional certified coach providing executive leadership and team coaching in the workplace where she utilizes ACT principles, along with other contextual behavioral interventions.

Dr. West is an expert and has trained thousands of therapists and coaches in applying contextual behavioral science worldwide. She is the former president of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), Southern California chapter, part of the international ACT organization with over 8,000 members worldwide.

In addition, Dr. West is known for developing the construct of emotional efficacy, an integration of emotional intelligence, psychological flexibility, and resilience. She also developed and piloted an evidence-based protocol, Emotion Efficacy Therapy (EET), which combines emotion psychoeducation with components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and exposure therapy. Subsequent RCTs show significant results for the treatment of depression, anxiety, stress, emotion avoidance, distress intolerance, emotion dysregulation, internet dependency, impulsivity, and stuttering.

West is author of What You Feel Is Not All There Is (EnMasse Media) and co-author of the professional guide to Emotion Efficacy Therapy (Context Press), Acceptance and Commitment Coaching in the Workplace (Springer), and the upcoming ACT For Your Best Life card deck (in press, 2023), as well as several other academic publications.