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.


Aprilia West, PsyD, MT, PCC, is an internationally recognized psychologist, coach, trainer, author, and expert in the field of psychotherapy and coaching. Dr. West has trained thousands of therapists and coaches in applying contextual behavioral science worldwide. She is 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 novel emotion psychoeducation with components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and exposure therapy.

Dr. West is author of ACT for Your Best Life (2023), What You Feel Is Not All There Is (2021), coauthor of Acceptance and Commitment Coaching in the Workplace, (Springer 2021) and The Clinician’s Guide to Emotion Efficacy Therapy (2016).

Dr. West is a fellow with the Institute of Coaching, McLean, affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is credentialed as a professional certified coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation, and has additional training and certifications including: the Leadership Circle Profile 360 assessments, Systemic Team Coaching through the Academy of Executive Coaching, mediation and conflict resolution and through the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation (PON), Positive Psychology and Wellbeing Coaching from the College of Executive Coaching, and coach training from the Coactive Training Institute (CTI).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Aprilia West maintains a private practice. She receives royalties as a published author and is a research advisor for Emotion Efficacy Training. Aprilia West receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Aprilia West is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Coaching Federation, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.