Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

The last couple of weeks I’ve been practicing mindfulness of self criticism. I’m attempting to notice when I’ve got a self critical internal monologue going on, rather than my own self criticism being so automatic...

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I mentioned this blog post to a client today “It’s Normal to Take A While Before Your Work Is as Good as Your Ambitions”. It’s from Melanie Pinola at a blog called Lifehacker. In summarizing...

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The Benefits of Non-Avoidant Coping Diary

March 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

This is a followup for people who have already done the Costs of Avoidance worksheet, and Avoidance and Suffering Diary, as outlined in the previous post here. If you’re a newer reader, you can easily...

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction The mp3 file below can be used to do a 15 min mindfulness meditation for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (or 30 min, or any multiples of 15 by just copying the...

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I wanted to make it as easy as possible for anyone who wants to try mindfulness meditation. So, I made a free downloadable mp3 that people can use to do an introductory meditation. File is...

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Do Try This at Home…

November 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

This is a therapy exercise I’m currently enamored with, and one that lots of clients are really liking. Its an adapted version of an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy activity. As well as being really effective,...

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What are you already good at?

October 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

Is there a value you’d like to enact to a greater extent in a particular domain of your life? For example, let’s say an important valued life direction for you is “being respectful of my...

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When a person starts taking committed action in their valued life directions (e.g. eating healthfully), “stuff” has a tendency to pop up that derails them from keeping moving in that valued direction. That “stuff” is...

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“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.” psychology PhD – Steven Hayes Examples: If you continue to believe a particular belief about yourself. If you continue reacting...

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Sometimes clients with anxiety tell me that they don’t avoid things due to their anxiety, they just endure situations through gritted teeth. That’s a tough way to roll, and despite how much effort it takes,...

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