Greeting the Monsters in Your Head with ACT Therapy
Dr Diana Hill
There are many therapies aimed at helping people cope with psychological distress, depression and anxiety and most are aimed at helping sufferers get rid of their bad thoughts and feelings and encouraging good ones.
In this episode, Rebecca and Sandie taks a look at a successful new evidence-based approach that not only helps one make room for one’s uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, but also helps improve one’s relationships, develop healthier exercise and eating behaviors, cope better with pain or health conditions, and even make positive changes in the world. It’s called acceptance and commitment therapy, otherwise known as ACT.
DIANA HILL, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Barbara, California, where she provides therapy, high performance coaching, and training to mental health professionals in ACT. She is a co-host of the popular podcast, Psychologists Off the Clock, which has over 1 million downloads, where she has interviewed leaders in the field of psychology, mindfulness, and wellness.
She is a regular teacher for the Mindful Heart Programs and Insigh LA, and is passionate about integrative health, homesteading, and parenting with intention.
She is the co-author with Dr. Debbie Sorenson of ACT Daily Journal: How to Get Unstuck and Live Fully with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Learn more at https://drdianahill.com/
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When you are faced with life’s challenges, it’s easy to lose track of what’s important, get stuck in your thoughts and emotions, and become bogged down by day-to-day problems. Even if you’ve made a commitment to live according to your core values, the ‘real-world’ has a way of driving a wedge between you and a deeper, more meaningful life. Now there’s a flexible program for learning how to practice a popular, proven-effective therapy protocol on your schedule!
With The ACT Daily Journal, you’ll learn all about the six core processes of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)—including mindfulness, acceptance, and values-based living—and even learn about a seventh: self-compassion.
ACT is more than just a therapy—it’s a framework for living well. It helps us accept. It teaches us to make a commitment to what we deeply care about. And it works best when practiced daily. By applying ACT to your life, you’ll learn how to roll with life’s punches, and stay in contact with the present moment, even when you have unpleasant thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations.