Today, Marielle interviews Greg Bodin, MFT, a therapist in the San Francisco Bay Area who practices Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT. Greg specializes in anxiety, trauma, men’s sex issues, and is also a certified EMDR therapist.
ACT and DBT have a lot in common. One of the core tenets of ACT is learning to accept where your life is right now and committing to making changes so that your life reflects what matters to you. It’s both a therapy approach and a way of understanding how humans behave, how they get stuck, and how to get unstuck.
- What do you value?
- What actions are you going to take that will help you live a life that is aligned with your values?
- We have more choices than we often realize
- Visualize what you want your life to look like six months from now, a year from now, five years from now
- Differentiating between values and goals
- What matters is not necessarily the same thing as what makes you happy
- Chasing happiness doesn’t necessarily lead to a meaningful life
- The value of being willing to be uncomfortable
- DBT skills can help with tolerating discomfort
- You can’t take risks if you’re not emotionally regulated
- Learning how to have psychological flexibility
- Using mindfulness to stay in the moment
- Using mindfulness to notice and name thoughts, rather than just believing everything you think
- The language we use to describe ourselves and the world has power
- Moving away from diagnoses and labels, which can be limiting
- Many people just follow a path that’s been laid out for them and haven’t questioned what is important to them
- What can you be in control of in your life?
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