How to do Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in groups: the Passengers on the Bus metaphor

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy frequently involves engaging participants in experiential exercises and metaphors. These metaphors can really have impact when they are acted out, instead of simply being described and talked about in a session. Using physical movement is a great way of doing this, as participants can relate to moving toward and away, struggling …

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LinkFest! August 2014

I regularly tweet new and interesting papers relevant to clinical psychology and my interests. These are the cool papers and links from August 2014. Follow me on Twitter for a daily update! Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, RFT, CBS etc “ACT is not yet a well-established treatment for any disorder” Öst 2014, updated meta-analysis http://j.mp/1pju8UW Physiological …

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Four ways Acceptance and Commitment Therapy can help people struggling with suspicious thoughts

Feeling on edge while walking down an empty street at night; thinking you are being gossiped about at work; feeling like you need to be on guard around certain people… Worrying that others are intending to do us harm is a surprisingly common experience. Acting on these concerns can be helpful – checking things out …

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Why don’t therapists use exposure? And how psychological flexibility can help.

Exposure* is one of the most important and effective components in cognitive behavioural therapies for anxiety disorders, supported by decades of research. And yet it is under-used in clinical practice. Why? Well, it isn’t just that many therapists use approaches that are not evidence-based. It seems that even those therapists who have been trained, end …

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Psychological flexibility and nonjudgemental acceptance in voice hearers – paper published

Great to have this paper (the first from my PhD) out in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry: Psychological flexibility and nonjudgemental acceptance in voice hearers: relationships with omnipotence and distress Eric MJ Morris1,2 Philippa Garety1,2 Emmanuelle Peters1,2 1Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, Department of Psychology, London, UK 2NIHR Biomedical Research Centre …

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