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.

Hurricane Irma: The New Normal

Hello All,

Things are slowly returning to normal on Marco Island, my home, after Hurricane Irma swept over it last week.

I should say, the new normal because things will never be the same for any of us here or in other places affected by the storm.

Let me explain...

Free Guided Mindfulness Practices based on EBPs


In the interest of increasing dissemination of free mindfulness-based guided resources for patients who may not otherwise have access, I'd like to invite you to explore my website. It includes mindfulness practices divided by EBP including DBT guided skills, mindful self-compassion, mindfulness-based stress reduction and practices specific to ACT.

Thank you so much for increasing dissemination!

Sara Rabinovitch, Ph.D

power points for veteran workshop

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New Sex Coaching Course and Sexual Mindfulness Audio Collection

Hi All,

My new course, Acceptance and Commitment (AC) Coaching: Sexual Relationship Coaching for Committed Couples has been approved for 10 Coaching CEUs from the Center for Credentialing Education (CCE). Find out more:

Entrevista con Steven C. Hayes: Sal de tu mente, entra en su charla (subtitulado al español)

¡Hola! Te invitamos a disfrutar de esta amistosa y profunda entrevista con Steven Hayes, donde nos comparte su conocimiento y algunas reflexiones y consejos útiles para la comunidad de psicólogos y estudiantes que formamos parte de México.






Reflections on ACT/FAP & Useful Protocols

In the past, I would write about ACT and what I was doing at the College where I was a Director of Counseling, for example started a group on ACT and Depression in 2010, and it was wonderful.  It deeply resonated with the students. This led to other small workshops on mindfulness, ACT and "the Happniness Trap", and then I took a pause.

Four Paths to Psychological Flexibility.

For access to this blog, please follow this link:



Marianela Medrano, PhD, LPC 

Registered Supervisor ACT - Australia

Hi all


I am looking for an AHPRA registered secondary supervisor who focusses on ACT, preferably in the workplace and preferably in Brisbane.  Might be a big ask!  I am also allowed to do supervision via Skype/Webcam etc, so if you do focus more in the workplace, but not in Brisbane, would be interested to hear from you as well!  


Kind regards

Margie Ireland

Provisional Psychologist 

Ph: 0418734425



Laurence Marchand-Taillade, coach personnel et professionnel - Praticien ACT

J’ai 44 ans. Je suis née un vendredi 13 et ce qui me décrit le mieux, c'est de dire que, quoiqu'il advienne, je provoque ma chance !

Ma vie est un patchwork de mes expériences et des rencontres qui m'ont enrichie !

ACT Matrix Studies indicating improved performance

Hi All

Is anyone aware of studies completed or in progress where the ACT Matrix is used in individual and team coaching that resulted in increased performance (which could be, bottom line, staff retention, 360 degree feedback, pre and post individual measure of psych flexibility).


Margie Ireland

Brisbane, Australia. 

Finding the Secret to Successful Relationships

Here's a lesson about finding the secret to successful relationships using the ACT Matrix:

Be Well!


End of Life Care and the ACT Matrix

Here's a page about approaching end of life care using the ACT Matrix.

Be Well!


New Year's Resolutions: ACT Matrix Style

Here's a page about applying the ACT Matrix to New Year's Resolutions (even if you don't do resolutions.)

Be Well!


Unsticking Your Weight With the ACT Matrix

Here's a link to a page applying the ACT Matrix to weight management:



Putting Scrooge to the ACT Matrix

Here's a link to a page applying the ACT Matrix to Ebenezer Scrooge.

Happy Holidays!


ACT in Schools Research

Teacher Distress and the Role of Experiential Avoidance. 
     Hinds E, Jones LB, Gau JM, Forrester KK, Biglan A.

The Value of Workshops on Psychologicial Flexibility for Early Childhood Special Education Staff
    Biglan, A; Layton, G; Jones, LB; Hankins, M; Rusby, J

Questions for Mental Health Professionals/ ACT Practitioners

Hey fellow ACT practitioners!

I wanted to ask a question that’s been on my mind lately. I know I’m taking a risk to put my personal stuff out there, and I guess I’m looking for some support and community from people who have chosen to be ACT therapists. I’m assuming that we may have some things in common!

Mindful Healthcare Questionnaire

Dear Reader,

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