The other day, I was watching my toddler grandson with his dog. Toddlers naturally tumble when they get ahead of themselves, as do dogs with short legs. As if in sync, my grandson and his dog began to run, tumble, get up and go again. They even have their own [...]
In Part 2, we learned that if our goal is to rid ourselves of anxiety, it will likely only increase the frequency, intensity, and duration of anxiety over time. How can this be? Expansion not subtraction Part of the answer lies in where Acceptance and Commitment Therapy has its philosophical [...]
In part 1, we learned how anxiety is like struggling in quicksand. The more we struggle with it, the more we are caught in its sinking trap. My own personal struggle with anxiety consistently intensified from 3rd grade, when my classmates noticed my sweaty armpits, all the way into adulthood. [...]
Likely, when we are caught up in the “I’m not good enough” story, we behave in ways that are self-destructive at worst and unworkable at best. Both lead us away from behaving the way we would like to deep down in our hearts.
We all want to feel better and have probably tried to come up with lots of ways to change our thoughts and feelings. If you have struggled with anxiety or depression, you may have also seen a therapist, read a book or watched videos online to feel better. As [...]
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a two-day training with Dr. Steven C. Hayes in Las Vegas, Nevada. When asked if he created Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), he responded, “thousands of people have helped develop ACT, I just lit the match.” A very humble response for [...]
You’ve probably heard about the incredible benefits of mindfulness or meditation. New research has shown how it produces lasting changes in attention, cognition and emotional regulation. But why practice mindfulness? What is meditation? And what are the differences between the two? Meditation is a formal, on-purpose practice that has [...]
You are exhausted. You’re scrolling through all of these listings unsure of how to choose a therapist, wondering if it will even help you or someone you love. You might be telling yourself you are weak, lazy or broken because you keep falling into the same hole. I hear [...]