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A new year, a new you? A fresh approach to living the life you want or developing skills to help others to follow this path.
There are so many methods out there aimed at directly reducing unpleasant pain-related experiences - positive thinking, manual therapy, exercise, surgeries, education, injections, medication, CBT… What if the problem becomes more about the struggle to rid ourselves of suffering?
Introducing Dr Elenor McLaren, clinical psychologist with extensive experience in delivering Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) consistent approaches in treatment of persistent pain to individuals and patient groups.
Elenor advocates using yourself and your experiences as a laboratory so come along with an open mind and willingness to look at your world from a different perspective. Learning is in the doing rather than being all caught up in your head (and power point slides!)
Can we lessen the struggle we have with this 'stuff' that goes on, keeps us stuck, blocks us from behaving in the way we would like to (bearing in mind any new year’s resolutions)? Paradoxically, if we can notice the struggle, let go of it and be willing to experience suffering then we may find a way to live a life with vitality…and less suffering (although the latter is not the ultimate goal in ACT).
The three pillars of ACT involve being able to flexibly switch between being open, aware and engaged. Elenor will touch on all of these areas drawing out some specific and creative exercises highlighting some of ACTs core processes including cognitive defusion, self as observer and committed action.
The session will provide an introduction to ACT as well as some fresh ideas for skilled delivery of ACT metaphors and methods for those who already incorporate ACT into their practice