Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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The maturing of the field in the treatment of obsessional and unwanted thoughts

Here is an excellent podcast called "Dark Thoughts" by NPR on the cutting-edge treatment of anxious or disturbing thoughts. The story involves a man with OCD with "harming" obsessions who gains freedom with a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (the 2nd historical wave of Psychotherapy) and mindfulness-based therapy including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (the latest 3rd wave). It's a good demonstration of how I help clients with OCD and various kinds of obsessional thinking, ruminations and worry. 

Here's a helpful poem that points the way toward the skill of acceptance as an alternative to behavioral avoidance

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy  is a set up skills that illuminates the way for us to drop our futile and culturally-bound attempts to wage war against our own inner lives. Rather than trying to reduce or eliminate difficult states such as shame, grief or fear, I enjoying teaching clients psychological acceptance techniques that encourage them to notice such difficult feelings more fully, while reducing their conditioned link to problematic action, such as avoidance behavio

Experiential Avoidance

Anti-Avoidance techniques are often an important part of becoming freer in life and are an integral part of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a cutting-edge Cognitive-Behavioral Approach to healing.  Here's an interesting description of "Experiential Avoidance" and how it is implicated in mental health challenges

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