In case you missed it, a renaissance in psychedelic science is happening! In January, the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science published a special issue in the area of psychedelic medicine. Many of studies in this issue made the case for why Acceptance and Commitment Therapy provides such an appropriate therapeutic framework for conducting psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. Namely, it seems that when used in safe and supportive settings, psychedelics may enhance psychological flexibility and therefore be useful in treating a wide variety of psychological problems including anxiety and depression. In addition, ACT is being used as the therapeutic framework in clinical trials of psychedelic assisted therapy at The Imperial College in the UK and at Yale/NYU in New York. ACBS members can Read more
December 24, 2019
Our next workshop is about this topic. We are bringing in one of the most popular ACT trainers in Europe, Rikke Kjelgaard, to deliver this unique workshop about getting unstuck as a therapist, while treating yourself with kindness and compassion. Rikke Kjelgaard is an extremely dynamic and engaging presenter who will help you explore your stuck places and help you get free to be the therapist you most want to be (and also a good friend to yourself). She wrote this inspiring blog post so that potential attendees have a sense for what it will be like to be in a workshop with her: https://www.rikkekjelgaard.com/blog/thestucktherapist/ Here are a few excerpts from the post: “I wanted to walk the talk. I Read more
December 9, 2019
Hello colleagues and friends. Looking back on this year at Portland Psychotherapy we feel a tremendous sense of gratitude for being able to continue to do this meaningful work, and also excitement for what the future holds. We wanted to take this time to pause and share with you all, our friends and colleagues in the community, what we have been up to this past year. We also wanted to extend our deep appreciation for the relationships we have with you and all the encouragement and support we receive from you. More staff means expanded access With several new clinicians joining our team this year, we are a full house here at Portland Psychotherapy. Joanne Chan, Psy.D. and Brian Pilecki, Read more
October 8, 2019
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
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.