04: An Introduction to Acceptance with Sonja Batten

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In this episode, Jen and John talk with Sonja Batten, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist who works on national mental health policy for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and author of the recently released book Essentials of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Batten discusses the Acceptance process as one part of the ACT model. Learn about acceptance (and it's opposite, experiential avoidance), how to engender acceptance in the therapy room (including a few sample exercises and metaphors), and common pitfalls working with this process.