Recently, I was listening to a Sounds True podcast in which Linda Graham, author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring the Brain for Maximum Resilience, was describing some findings from neuroscience about how babies see and experience the world. It turns out the preverbal infant sees the world in a collage of forms, colors, lights, patterns, energy and waves. You see, before we acquire language, we have no ability to solidify ourselves or the objects around us by labeling them. Until w
“All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.”
- Buddha As a therapist, I’m clearly interested in what gives rise to mental health issues and emotional disturbances, and deeply invested in ways to help alleviate psychological and emotional suffering. I’m often asked how I manage to work with troubled people all day without becoming overly troubled myself.
In my last post, I wrote about how the ACT model of therapy creates the conditions for growth and healing. I thought it would be useful to spend my next few blogs writing specifically about each component of the ACT approach in more detail. The 3 main components of ACT are: Accepting our inner experiences and the reality of our lives Creating the conditions for growth by defusing from unhelpful thought patterns, narratives and beliefs Taking action by committing to values-dri