Language Markers of Psychological Flexibility

This entry will hopefully become the home of a set of evolving resources which include one key aspect of my doctoral studies: to create tools to identify ACT and RFT-related terms in everyday discourse and clinical interactions.

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Upcoming Online Workshop: Measurement in ACT!!

Dear all,


Please see info on my upcoming online webinar. If interested, you can register usign this link (it's FREE!):

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Therapist Opinions about Mental Health Apps

A new study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry collected and analyzed the thoughts, feelings, and beliefs held by a range of mental health professionals regarding the integration of digital health technologies into mental health care. This important study was aimed at contributing to the conversation around why digital health technologies are having such difficulty penetrating into routine clinical practice, despite their proven benefits.

New Book Release for Those Coping with a Chronic Condition! (ACT Based concepts)

Hey All!

I am excited to announce that on October 23rd, I will be releasing my first book (well 2nd, if you count the one I wrote back in 2004 for the Health Department). This work is a compilation of approaches and experience that has evolved in my time as a helping professional, first as a Health Educator, then as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Many of the tools and approaches have been used in clinical sessions and even in my own family setting in dealing with a chronic illness.

supervision recording

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My first blog entry

I'm not sure how this works and who will read this. There is no buts. Just a full stop. I know when I get excited because I use exclamation marks as if they are candy. Metaphor compulsive, like a stray sneeze, please excuse me or should I say bless you?
I've signed up for the online happiness trap course by Russell Harris and I was going to do the beginners online too however I see he is coming to my part of the world. I've already completed beginners through our countrys leading facilitator. So I'm actually being lured by the name and the freebies of attending a workshop.

Reminder: World Conference Social Work & ACT SIG meeting!

For those of you who are in Dublin, grab your lunch at the Helix and come connect on Thursday with your fellow social workers in the Business School building, room 122. See you soon! Maggie and Sarah


Click here to join the Social Work & ACT SIG

Knowing thyselving: A novel Relational Frame Theory approach to the self and perspective-taking

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What is Illness Anxiety, How to Treat It, and 6 Steps to Dealing with It on Your Own

"Illness anxiety (formerly known as hypochondriasis and health anxiety) is a preoccupation with having or getting a serious disorder despite having no symptoms or only benign symptoms.."

Steven Hayes' webinar "ACT and the Coming Era of Process-Based Therapy"

Steven Hayes, the co-founder of ACT and one of the most influential scientists in psychotherapy, delivered a webinar „ACT and the Coming Era of Process-Based Therapy” for members of Association for Contextual Behavioral Science on February 14th 2019.

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Transformation of Stimulus Function in Boston

Earlier last month, late night talk show host Trevor Noah had a section of his show that looked at racism in Boston. The report when on to explain how Boston is consistently rated the most racist city in the United States. In an effort to infuse humor (as he often does), one of his correspondants, Roy Wood Jr., took to the streets of Boston to determine if the townsfolk agreed with the reports. At the end of the bit, in an effort to make the townsfolk care more about how racist or not they are, he puts racism in a frame of coordination with sports.

Nature based ACT - taking the therapy outside

I am writing this first blog about NatureACT - and I would love to get in contact with and hear back from other ACT therapists how also are interessede in and have experince with doing ACT outside the therapytic room.
First a little about my self and what I am working to develop in the framework of doing ACT in the Nature. 

A Gentleman in Moscow or How to Live Life

"Adversity presents itself in many forms and if a man does not master his circumstances then he is bound to be mastered by them."






“Nöbetçiler yanlarına sokulanlara parolayı sorarlar. Sende öyle yap. Hayaline gelen her şeye parolayı sor. Hiç baskına uğramazsın.” Epictetus

The illness of being human

Dear All,

I am psychologist by trade and a filmmaker at heart.

While working with patients and for my own experience, I have realised that one of the biggest part of the problem with mental health issues is the stigma attached to it.

We feel ashamed for experiencing the emotions we experience, thinking the thoughts we think and acting in the only way we are able to act in our own circumstances.

So to the original pain, whatever that is; we add the pain of judging and criticising ourselves for being broken or damaged or just not good enough for this world.

ACT Summer Camp

I am pleased to announce that Patti Robinson, Thomas Gustavsson and I will be hosting the First Annual ACT Summer Camp at a beautiful sea-side conference center outside of Helsingborg Sweden. The dates are September 3-7, with a one day ACT Supercharger workshop being conducted the day before the start of summer camp for those that want to refresh their ACT clinical skills. This is a week long, case based supervision and training experience conducted in small groups by the three co-founders of Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (fACT).

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Do I have OCD? 8 Surprising OCD Myths

Do you wonder whether you may suffer from undiagnosed OCD?

Don’t Argue With a Brain Glitch. (10 Do's and 5 Don'ts for Parents of Kids with OCD)

If you are a parent of a child who has OCD, you know only too well how easy it is to get entangled in an endless argument where you try to use logic to no avail. You tell your child how unlikely it is that something bad will happen, you teach her to think positively, you reassure her, and you try to help her out.

10 Ways to Make OCD Stronger

What To Do With Those "Bad" Emotions We Feel

Written by Lauren Helm, Ph.D.


First, we can stop calling them bad! Emotions, in and of themselves, are not bad or good: they just are. They are often feared, however, and in our society, so called “negative” emotions in particular are judged, shamed, or hidden. What recent research has been finding is that it is not the emotions that cause the most suffering or difficulty leading our lives, its how we respond to our emotions that is key.

Feeling Lost in Anxious Thoughts & How to Find Your Way Again

Written by Lauren Helm, Ph.D.

We’ve all felt anxiety at some point in our lives (likely many times over, in fact), though perhaps it manifested in different ways. You may have noticed the rapid increase of your heart rate, faster, constricted breaths, the growing tension in your shoulders and neck, cold or clammy hands, or unease in the pit of your stomach. The experience of anxiety is unpleasant, to say the least, and as it builds, it certainly has a way of getting our attention.


Mindfulness: A Path Towards Well-Being

Written by Lauren Helm, Ph.D.

“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.”

— Sylvia Boorstein


What guides you in deciding how to act from moment-to-moment, and day-to-day? When you come to a fork in the road, how do you decide which direction to go?

Skills Practice Groups to help you get super skilful at ACT


On the back of the recently held Birmingham ACT Week in UK, I am offering practitioners the chance to join a supervision group focused on practicing and enhancing skills. It is called Small Group Practice Supervision.

The OCD Mind and Uncertainty

A brief introductory video to help clients with OCD who are struggling with uncertainty and the urges OCD can bring about.

Watch here:

Hurricane Irma Help

Hi All,

In an effort to help those trying to deal with the stress associated with Hurricane Irma I have started a YouTube Playlist of Hurricane Irma Help videos:

These short videos are shot on the beach on Marco Island where I live. I have a free offer in them for anyone who wants to get a copy of my relaxation cd audio collection.

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