In my posts about exposure therapy, I’ve written about inhibitory learning theory a bit. I’ve particularly focused on how inhibitory learning theory has supplanted emotional processing theory (EPT) as the best supported model for exposure. I recently came across a thorough review article that walks through the major inhibitory learning principles and recommended procedures—as well as some not explicitly tied to inhibitory learning –and assess the degree to which these principles and strategies are supported by research to date The authors conclude: Collectively, research support for exposure augmentation techniques aimed at optimizing inhibitory learning has fallen short of theoretical expectation in several respects. Though the literature strongly suggests that this theory provides a better mechanistic explanation for the results of Read more
October 8, 2019
The podcast Beyond Well with Sheila Hamilton incorporates an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) perspective on the struggles we face, ideas about psychological flexibility and mental health, and what we can all do to lead a well-lived life.
March 22, 2019
Each year, we update our Learning ACT Resource Guide with the newest resources on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy that come out each year. The guide contains a comprehensive list of all of all the ACT that have ever been published. You can browse this list, organized by category, on our LearningACT website. Below, are the 43 new books we discovered when revising the guide at the end of 2018: Books for Therapists A Clinician’s Guide to Acceptance-Based Approaches for Weight Concerns: The Accept Yourself! Framework A Contextual Behavioral Guide to the Self: Theory and Practice Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Substance Abuse: A Clinician’s Guide to Using Practical Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Interventions for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Acceptance and Commitment Read more
January 28, 2019
Hello friends and colleagues. As we usher in a new year, we pause to take a look back at 2018, an exciting year of growth and new beginnings for us here at Portland Psychotherapy. Expansion of clinical staff means more specialized services and an increased ability to serve our community We just celebrated the one-year anniversary of the three newest members of our full-time clinical team: our Director of Clinical Operations, Kyong Yi, LCSW, and licensed psychologists Angela Izmirian, Ph.D. and Bryce Doehne, PsyD. Although they have only been with us for a year, Kyong, Angela, and Bryce have already made huge contributions to our organization. In addition to seeing clients, they have been meeting with members of our broader Read more
November 6, 2018
Forgiveness is a new and growing target in therapies. But are such therapies effective?