Emotional Regulation Room

About This Technique

Emotional self-regulation or emotion regulation refers to pausing between experiencing an emotion and reacting to it. When a person reacts impulsively without paying attention to what is going on internally, they may deviate from their core values and choose unhealthy behaviors. With appropriate self-control, people can stay calm under pressure and prevent themselves from acting against their core values and ethics. These are the elements of self-regulation:

  • Self-awareness
  • Mindful awareness
  • Cognitive reappraisal
  • Adaptability
  • Self-compassion
  • Emotional support

About This Room

This Room contains daily mood rating scales for clients to rate their moods from 1 to 10. There are also four Emotional Regulation Techniques in the room: the Breathing Element, a video on using mindfulness to deal with upsetting emotions, a Progressive Relaxation audio, and a worksheet called the “Resist Technique.”

Using the Elements in Other Rooms

While you may want to use this Room as-is, you may also want to add the content to other treatment Rooms. The content can be found below. Follow the directions to add it to any VCR Room.


Click here to open the MP3 file. Then right-click to download it to your computer. Finally, upload the MP3 file using the ‘Audio Uploader’ Element.


This video describes the DBT Skill of mindfulness of current emotions. To add this video to a Room, use the ‘Upload YouTube Video’ Element and copy and paste the link: https://youtu.be/-kfUE41-JFw.

Click here to find additional content for the Virtual Counseling Rooms. 

Resources on Emotional Regulation


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) focuses on teaching people strategies to help them live their best and most productive life. DBT is often used to help people with depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, addictions, eating disorders, and PTSD. Emotion regulation is one of the four core skill sets.  


Presented by PESI Healthcare, Advanced Self-Regulation features training from leading experts in the fields of speech-language pathology, psychology, and occupational therapy. Learn how you can create an individualized treatment plan filled with advanced, evidence-based tools and strategies to help resolve the dysregulation your client is experiencing. There is special pricing for members of Between Sessions Resources.  The training includes up to 6 CE credits included in the price. Click here to learn more.

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