Russ Harris, Youtube, Dula discussed on The Virtual Couch


So that's just a quick primer. They're so much more that I could say about that. But so one of the things I wanted to bring up is in my some of my initial sessions, some of the first sessions that I do, I will do this exercise. I'm gonna pull from a book called act made easy, and this is by Achmat simple. This is by Russ Harris and Russ Harris, a big fan of his. I want to get him on the podcasts. At some point, he wrote the book, the happiness trip, which is my very favorite book about acceptance and commitment therapy. And he also wrote one called the confidence gap and I'm gonna talk a little bit about from the confidence gap today. But this first one is an excerpt from act made simple by Russ Harris. So what he calls this is the act in a nutshell. For. So I think back when I did the guilt and shame podcast, they had Dula but acting and it was not some of my finest work. So there's a little bit of that going on today. We're gonna. We're gonna go through a therapist client interaction. So oftentimes toward the first part of of an initial session, I liked to, depending on what I'm working with. I like to explain a little bit more about act to my clients. And so there are situations where I think it helps to kind of throw a metaphor out there. So somebody can really recognize where we're headed with with act. So let me let me do this and you can actually find Sarah's has a free YouTube video of exactly what I'm about to talk about on well on YouTube, the YouTube video part, my bad, and I'll try to put a link to that in the show notes. But here we go. It's going to be a little bit of a play. The I will be playing the role of therapist and client, and I will not be changing my voice. I'll call those out by therapist and client. So here we go. So for session that therapist says it's hard to. Explain what act is about simply by describing it probably wouldn't make much sense even if I tried. So would it be okay if I showed you what it's about by using a metaphor at which the client says, sure, they're great, so that their picks up a clipboard or a large hardback book and shows it to the client. Actually don't use a clipboard. Got an ipad that I take notes on, and I never wanna do this experience with an ipad. So sometimes I'll grab book. So you grab a large hardback book or clipboard and shows of the clamp. K. therapy says, I want you to imagine that this clipboard represents all the difficult thoughts and feelings and memories that you've been struggling with for so long. And I mean, just think about that now kind of going off script here a little bit that all the thoughts, feelings memories, the things that have that have caused you to feel stuck and I'd like you to take a hold of it and rip it as tightly as you can. So I can't pull it away from you. So the client grips it tightly, let's say the clipboard for the sake of argument client groups that clipboard now I'd like to hold it up in front of your face so you can't seem anymore and bring it up so close to your face. And it's almost touching your nose. So the client holds the clipboard directly in front of his or her face blocking their view of both therapist and the surrounding room. There pa- says, now what?.

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