If you haven’t seen it for yourself, you may be skeptical that real behavior change is possible in just one or two therapy sessions. After all, that’s not time enough to form a therapeutic relationship. But the reality is that evidence supports the value of brief interventions, including ACT.

Let’s take a look at some myths and facts about brief interventions.

Myth: The benefits of therapy build over time.

Author: Darin Witkovic, MA, PhD candidate at Palo Alto University

As socially stigmatized members of society, gender and sexual minority (GSM) populations are at risk for unique stressors associated with their identities. 

One such risk is the expectation of rejection, otherwise seen in literature as rejection sensitivity, which is theorized to stem from negative childhood experiences (including rejection itself). 

Problems get ahold of us from the moment we arise in the morning.

ACT acceptance and commitment therapy online courses trainings

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) maximizes the change mechanisms of groups. When done well, ACT magnifies therapeutic change mechanisms inherent in group therapy. Developed as the clinical response to an increased understanding of the origins of human suffering, the model articulates the processes that can keep humans stuck, and how those same processes can be used to alleviate suffering. This directly translates to the therapy room.

ACT BootCamp, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy


ACT BootCamp is a 4-day, live intensive training that is designed to familiarize clinicians with the core concepts of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is not a set of techniques as much as it is a set of processes you can detect and change.

By Tom Szabo, PhD, BCBA-D​

Have you ever found yourself teaching a parent to be contingent and discovered that his self-rules are interfering with his ABA follow-through? A few examples might help: “I can’t handle this – it’s not what I’m good at. I’m the Dad.” Or, “Can’t you just do your job and heal my kid. You’re the behavior analyst.” Another one you might have heard is, “What if I can’t do all that?”

By Jason Luoma, PhD, coauthor of Learning ACT, 2nd Edition

I remember when I first started to learn acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) as a young psychologist.

By Kelly G. Wilson, PhD

What I want with my clients are significant conversations, conversations that can change lives—both theirs and mine.

When I say “change,” I don’t mean from something “bad” to something “good”—from a “bad them” to a “good them,” from a “bad life” to a “good life.”

Conversations about whether a life is good or bad or whether a person is good or bad or worthy or unworthy don’t interest me much. We have but one life—this life, this very life.

By Dennis Tirch, PhD, ACT Trainer

Anxiety, when it descends upon us, is all encompassing. Anxiety activates our threat-detection system and involves attention, physical sensations, thoughts, and emotions. Our thoughts can become extremely negative and provoke even more fear and dread when we’re anxious. 

By Jessica Borushok, PhD. ACT Trainer 

We’ve all been guilty of it. A client comes in with a problem and the solution is right in front of them and all they have to do is reach out and open their eyes; all we have to do is lean forward and whisper a solution or create a perfectly plotted plan to solve this riddle. And just like that, we are wrapped into their solution focused story where we are the problem-solvers, they are the lost and confused, and together we are weaving a narrative that captivates while it draws us away from our process, focused work.


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