Steven Hayes Talks Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Welcome back to another INCREDIBLE episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast! Today we have an amazing guest, Steven Hayes.
Steven Hayes is a clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Nevada. Steven Hayes has done so much for the psychology field, writing a whopping 44 books (wow, right?!) and many research articles. Steven Hayes also developed the evidence-based therapeutic modality that I use in my therapy office every day: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (also known as ACT). ACT is a wonderful compliment to Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP), as it relies heavily on Mindfulness, positive reinforcement and using Value-Based Behaviors.
In this interview, Steven Hayes and I discuss what Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) involves and how we can learn to diffuse from our thoughts. You will find this especially helpful with you have anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, and Depression, mostly because we tend to fuse a lot with our thoughts when we struggle with these disorders. However, the truth is, we all could learn the skill of diffusion and Steven Hayes does an amazing job of expelling why. Steven Hayes also teaches us useful ACT tools to stay present, and the practice of living a life that is based on values, not fear or anxiety.
My favorite part of the interview is where Steven Hayes discussed why our thoughts sometimes link together and how it is completely a waste of time trying to block, suppress or avoid thoughts. I am sure you will agree that Steven Hayes is a genius and that he has so much to teach us about our brain, our psyche and how we can react batter to our thoughts.
AND…..WE HAVE A HUGE SURPRISE!
ERP School is BACK! Exposure and Response Prevention School is an online course that teaches you the tools and skills I teach my clients in my office. Let me tell you a little bit about it. The course is a video based course that includes modules on:
The course also includes many downloadable PDF’s and activities to help you navigate how to best apply ERP to your specific obsessions and compulsions.
We are so excited to finally share ERP with you and would love to have you join us and the CBT School Community. It’s a beautiful day to do hard things!
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If you would like further information on Steven Hayes and access to his FREE mini course, visit http://www.stevenchayes.com/. Click HERE for more info on Steven Hayes' workbook Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life, as well as his other books.