Embracing you demons

Dr. Amy Murrell is an assistant professor at the University of North Texas and an ACT presentor. She is a recognized expert in both Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Relational Frame Theory, which underlies ACT, having conducted research in these two areas for the last 7 years. She is conducting an ACT workshop at the University of Houston-Clear Lake TUCCC 2008 Conference. This is her brief explanation of ACT.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a third-wave behavioral treatment that rests upon the idea that people’s problems may get worse when they try to control or get rid-of feelings or thoughts. ACT, therefore, is not aimed at symptom removal. Instead, it is about helping clients live meaningfully. The work is about helping people interact differently with their experiences and helping them to act differently when they have bad feelings or thoughts. The work involves getting people doing things that they were not doing before. Not just any things, however, only the things that are really important to them- the behaviors that are consistent with their values-what they really care about.

Amy also recommends, for more information about ACT, please read, “Embracing your Demons: An Overview of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy" (.pdf), by Dr. Russell Harris