AACBT CBT@Home – Preece – Alexithymia

31 Dec 2025
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This event was recorded live and is now available for on-demand viewing.


Alexithymia and Transdiagnostic CBT: Advances in the Assessment and Treatment of Emotion Processing Deficits

Presented by Dr David Preece

Curtin University


This recording is part of the AACBT CBT@Home webinar series – Dr David Preece was the winner of the 2022 Early Career Award.

This event was recorded live and is available for on-demand viewing.


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This approx. 58min CBT@Home webinar was recorded in December 2022.

Do you have clients that have difficulty understanding and talking about their emotions? This presentation will go through recent advances in the understanding, assessment, and treatment of alexithymia (emotion processing deficits) and how to integrate alexithymia work effectively into CBT.


Alexithymia is a trait characterised by difficulties processing and describing one’s own emotions. First coined by American psychiatrists in the 1970s, alexithymia has since been established as an important transdiagnostic risk factor for the development and maintenance of a range of psychopathologies. Alexithymia can also interfere with the therapy process. In this webinar, Dr David Preece describes recent advances in the understanding, assessment, and treatment of alexithymia from a CBT perspective. This presentation will cover:

  1. A cognitive behavioural model of alexithymia (Preece et al., 2017), and the key role that alexithymia can play in emotion regulation problems and the treatment of emotional disorders.
  2. The psychometric assessment of alexithymia, with a particular focus on the Perth Alexithymia Questionnaire (Preece et al., 2018).
  3. Core techniques to improve alexithymia in clients and account for emotion processing deficits so that these difficulties do not interfere with the therapy process.

About this event:

This was a live presentation and is presented lecture-style.

Key Learning Objectives

  1. Understand what alexithymia is, its causes, how it is conceptualised within the attention-appraisal model of alexithymia and process model of emotion regulation, and its links with emotion regulation and emotional disorders
  2. Understand how to use and interpret the Perth Alexithymia Questionnaire in alexithymia assessments
  3. Understand how to apply CBT techniques to address the underdeveloped emotion schemas and emotional avoidance that underlies alexithymia

This is a free event for all AACBT members; bookings are only required for non-members to receive the link.

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This session is designed for those with a basic level of knowledge about alexithymia – attendees will be assumed to have casual knowledge; e.g., treated one case.

References – readings

  1. Preece, D. A., Mehta, A., Petrova, K., Sikka, P., Bjureberg, J., Becerra, R., & Gross, J. J. (2022). Alexithymia and emotion regulationJournal of Affective Disorders.
  2. Preece, D. A., Mehta, A., Becerra, R., Chen, W., Allan, A., Robinson, K., … & Gross, J. J. (2022). Why is alexithymia a risk factor for affective disorder symptoms? The role of emotion regulationJournal of Affective Disorders296, 337-341.
  3. Preece, D., Becerra, R., Allan, A., Robinson, K., & Dandy, J. (2017). Establishing the theoretical components of alexithymia via factor analysis: Introduction and validation of the attention-appraisal model of alexithymiaPersonality and individual differences119, 341-352.
  4. Preece, D. A., Becerra, R., Allan, A., Robinson, K., Chen, W., Hasking, P., & Gross, J. J. (2020). Assessing alexithymia: psychometric properties of the Perth Alexithymia Questionnaire and 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale in United States adultsPersonality and Individual Differences166, 110138.
  5. Preece, D. A., Becerra, R., Boyes, M. E., Northcott, C., McGillivray, L., & Hasking, P. A. (2020). Do self-report measures of alexithymia measure alexithymia or general psychological distress? A factor analytic examination across five samplesPersonality and Individual Differences155, 109721.

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