Ep 55 – Motivational Interviewing and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Motivational Interviewing and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Glenn & Sebastian explore Motivational Interviewing and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) with Robyn D. Walser, Ph.D. Robyn is the Director of TL Consultation Services, Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and works at the National Center for PTSD.Motivational Interviewing and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) As a licensed psychologist, she maintains an international training, consulting and therapy practice. Dr. Walser is an expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and has co-authored 7 books on ACT including a book on learning ACT. She has most recently written a book entitled: The Heart of ACT- Developing a flexible, process-based, and client-centered practice using acceptance and commitment therapy. Dr. Walser has expertise in traumatic stress, depression and substance abuse and has authored a number of articles, chapters and books on these topics. She has been doing ACT workshops since 1997; training in multiple formats and for multiple client problems. Dr. Walser has been described as a “passionate, creative, and bold ACT trainer and therapist” and she is best known for her dynamic, warm and challenging ACT trainings. She is often referred to as a clinician’s clinician. Her workshops feature a combination of lecture and experiential exercises designed to provide a unique learning opportunity in this state-of-the-art intervention.

   00:00 – Introduction and episode preview

   07:23 – Robyn’s early ACT story and experiences with MI 

   12:35 – What is ACT? 

   18:00 – ACT and the MI spirit 

   24:40 – Noticing ambivalence and other human experiences 

   29:00 – Acceptance in ACT: Change through “addition not subtraction”

   35:20 – Creative helplessness

   40:30 – The therapeutic relationship in ACT: Compassion with consequences

   48:15 – The role of language in MI and ACT

   58:45 – A real-play with Robyn and Glenn

1:16:05 – Real-play debrief

1:27:30 – Learning more about ACT through brooks, podcasts, etc…

1:33:00 – More real-play debrief: Robyn’s use of directiveness

1:41:00 – MI in combination with ACT

1:43:40 – “Motivation follows behavior”

1:46:50 – Robyn’s interests in reducing impact of climate change

1:52:22 – End of episode

Links and contact information:

Twitter: @robyn_walser 

Facebook: The heart of ACT

Robyn’s website and contact portal: 

Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) website:

For suggestions, questions and to enquire about training in Motivational Interviewing contact Glenn & Sebastian



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