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acceptance and commitment therapy

By Robyn Walser, PhD, coauthor of Learning ACT, 2nd Edition

by Janina Scarlet, PhD, author of Superhero Therapy

Illustrations by Wellington Alves

 

We didn’t see the explosion. We didn’t hear it either. We lived approximately 160 miles away.

When we say that a treatment method is “evidence-based,” we mean that it is backed up by objective, scientific evidence that proves it is effective, so evidence-based methods keep us in the lineage of the scientific method. Basically, we can’t trust what we think is true or effective, so we must do real-world scientific testing to verify that the method being used is leading to the results we think we see.

Ellis Edmunds, PsyD, developed an acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) board game called the Mindful Bus. (The “passengers on the bus” is a well-used ACT metaphor, but we’ll get to that later.) The game can be played with therapists and their clients, with couples, with friends, or family. New Harbinger visited Ellis’ Oakland office to play the game and learn more about it.

By Ben Sedley, author of Stuff That Sucks

I’d barely pulled out of the gas station into busy Friday afternoon traffic when the rental van stalled and wouldn’t restart. Cars honked their horns as I blocked a lane until finally someone helped push me to the side of the road.

by Tim Gordon, MSW, RSW

Psychological flexibility represents the acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) model of health—it's the element we want to foster and grow in our clients while modelling it ourselves as mental health professionals.

By Matthew McKay, Publisher and co-founder of New Harbinger Publications

In honor of International Women’s Day, we present to you 13 badass psychologists who happen to be women. Without further ado:

1. Janina Scarlet, PhD

Specialty: Licensed Clinical Psychologist using Superhero Therapy with patients with anxiety, depression, and PTSD

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