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Emotional Response Therapy

Emotional Response Therapy (ERT) is a simple and effective therapeutic approach for treating psychological and emotional distress.

It is designed to change a person's emotional response to a memory or thought.

Through both research and practice ERT has been found to be successful in helping treat psychological problems such as trauma, anxiety and phobias.

ERT can be applied with both children and adults.

Development of ERT

Emotional Response Therapy was developed following considerable research to better understand how people become traumatised and develop other psychological problems. This examination of the available evidence led to the development of ERT. This therapy draws upon research and evidence based in genetics and biological sciences.

ERT follows the science of how the mind and body produce emotional reactions such as fear and trauma. This therapy has been found to help people significantly reduce their distress about both memories and thoughts in a recent pilot study.

ERT takes a different approach to traditional talking therapies and reduces the need for clients to recount distressing memories at length over a prolonged period of time. Clients report that the therapy is much quicker and less demanding on them than other therapies. 

ERT and your practice


Practice approach

ERT is designed to help professionals who work in a trauma informed practice and understand the importance of how trauma negatively impacts upon wellbeing. This approach works not just with trauma but other psychological and emotional distress such as anxiety, phobias and depression.

ERT can work as a stand-alone approach or be combined with other therapeutic approaches as part of a comprehensive treatment package.


Applying ERT

As a therapeutic approach ERT can help clients in less time than most other therapies and can also be applied by the client themself.

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 client's ability to cope with psychological problems and enhance their wellbeing in the long term.  


Client experiences

Many clients have fed back the importance of being able to utilise the procedure on themselves at home. Practising the same procedure both in and out of therapy provides consistency in approach as well as skilling the client through repeated application. Clients have found this not only empowering but also helpful in overcoming their psychological problems so that they feel calmer and more relaxed. 

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ERT Training

Emotional Response Therapy (ERT) training is open to 

  • Therapists who have completed basic EMDR training

  • CBT practitioners registered through BACP

  • Psychologists registered through HCPC

ERT training comprises of a 2 day face to face training course followed by two 3-hour supervision sessions online.

The course will cover

  • ERT theory

  • The ERT procedure

  • Working with different clinical problems and applying ERT with various populations and client groups

  • Approaches for complex presentations

  • Teaching clients to use ERT themselves

Course Fees

£350 inclusive of VAT introductory offer for 2024.

The fee will increase to the full price in 2025

Upcoming ERT Training Course Dates


22nd & 23rd February 2024


18th & 19th April 2024


20th May 2024

24th June 2024


9th & 10th May 2024


11th June 2024

9th July 2024


13th & 14th June 2024


17th July 2024

2nd September 2024


11th & 12th July 2024


9th September 2024

14th October 2024

ERT Training Venue

ERT training takes place at: 

Strawberry Fields Digital Hub

Euxton Lane



For training course bookings please email Nick Adams at

Include details of which date you are booking and evidence that you meet the course requirements.

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