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Escaping The Emotional Roller Coaster


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Dr. Patricia E. Zurita Ona, or Dr. Z., is a clinical psychologist who specializes in OCD, trauma, all types of anxiety and related conditions, and emotion dysregulation problems for children, teens, and adults. She's the director and founder of the East Bay Behavior Therapy Center, a private therapy center in Walnut Creek, California. In addition to private practice, Dr. Z. is a clinical faculty member for the Wright Institute, and regularly attends both national and international conferences.


"An ACT book that I really enjoyed reading. Filled with humor and wisdom, I am sure that this text will give super feelers a better understanding of what is going on and what to do about it when their emotional switch gets turned on." - Nic Hooper, Ph.D., Lecturer, University of the West of England, author of Research Journey of ACT
"This pithy, compassionate, and well-written book offers a gateway to self-understanding and healthy emotion-regulation. It's the sort of book I wish someone had handed me 20 years ago." - Russell Kolts, Ph.D., author and Professor of Psychology, Eastern Washington University
"Rarely, have I read a book that has provided me with true insights as to how one thinks, feels as a super-feeler and what to do about it. Reading Dr. Z.'s book gave me hope. If you read her book, you know that you are not alone and that there is help for you." - Susan Gurley, Executive Director of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America
"Having intense emotions makes it difficult to act effectively in the moment. Dr. Z. offers a vast array of practical tools and strategies to achieve a life worth living even with these roller-coaster emotions." - Christophe Deval, M.S.C., author, therapist, talent development director at KPMG in Paris, France
"For those struggling with their emotional roller coaster, and especially those who have been convinced that they are broken, this is an extraordinary guide to learn and practice all the necessary tools to tame the emotional machinery, build a life worth living, and embrace everything that comes with it." - Carolina Principi, Coordinator of the DBT Program for Adolescents, Foro Foundation, Buenos Aires
"Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster is a precious tool for anyone struggling with making sense of emotions and expressing them in a way that is both coherent with the current situation and pursuing life's most cherished dreams." - Dr. D.J. Moran, founder of the MidAmerican Psychological Institute
"At last: a truly practical book for 'super-feelers' on how to effectively handle overwhelming emotions. Packed full of great advice and effective strategies for taking the impact out of painful feelings and acting effectively in the face of life's challenges." - Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap
"Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster is a precious tool for anyone struggling with making sense of emotions and expressing them in a way that is both coherent with the current situation and pursuing life's most cherished dreams."
- Michel A. Reyes Ortega, Ph.D., Director, DBT Outpatient Clinic, CBS & Therapy Institute, Mexico City
"Zurita Ona provides a veritable treasure chest of strategies you can use to make your emotions work for you, rather than against you. It isn't a bad thing to be a 'super-feeler', it is a good thing! I highly recommend this wonderful step by step program to help you develop a new level of emotional intelligence!" - Kirk Strosahl Ph.D., author of The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Depression

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