THE HEART OF ACT
Developing a Flexible, Process-Based, and Client-Centered Practice Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
ACT is a both a powerful therapy for the client and clinician. Often, those who are trained in ACT are personally moved by its tenets and possibilities. As ACT has grown in its popularity and dissemination, it has encountered the problem of diffusion of innovation. That is, for many it has become about technique rather than a rich process based, interpersonal intervention. the Heart of ACT is in the relationship and process between client and therapist. A return to the heart where the therapy is viewed as a whole intervention and not simply a set of techniques is needed. Process at the level of the six core, interpersonal and intrapersonal are important aspects of ACT. The arc of the therapy is an interpersonal journey where meaning is discovered and engaged.
Robyn D. Walser, PhD, is codirector of the Bay Area Trauma Recovery Clinic, staff psychologist at the National Center for PTSD Dissemination and Training Division, and assistant clinical professor in the department of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. As a licensed clinical psychologist, she maintains an international training, consulting, and therapy practice. Walser is developing innovative ways to translate science into practice, with a focus on the dissemination of state-of-the-art knowledge and treatment interventions.