Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Workshop 

Presenters: Giselle Bahr and Ben Sedley 

When: Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd of May, 2022 

Where: Front + Centre, Tory St, Wellington 


Research increasingly demonstrates ACT's efficacy for a wide range of diagnoses and life problems. It helps people accept their internal experiences while moving towards the life they value.

At this experiential workshop you will establish a foundational understanding of Psychological Flexibility, develop skills for using ACT and learn about Relational Frame Theory (RFT).

Over the two days you will learn how to:

  • help clients hold their painful thoughts and emotions gently; identify and actively move towards their values; and develop awareness of the present moment and their capacity to observe it.
  • develop a therapeutic relationship in which support can be provided compassionately and flexibly.
  • formulate life struggles from an ACT perspective.
  • practice ACT exercises and relate the concepts back to your own life and clinical experiences.
  • meet clients where they are and foster their willingness to change.

Giselle Bahr and Ben Sedley are clinical psychologists and co-founders of ACT Wellington. They have been using ACT in their practices for many years, and have been trained and supervised by many of the world’s leading ACT therapists and researchers. Giselle and Ben have both worked at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, in Private Practice with adults and adolescents, and trained new clinical psychology students at Victoria University of Wellington. Giselle has developed and facilitated ACT groups for parents and adults, and served on the Board of ANZ ACBS. Ben is the author of Stuff That Sucks: Accepting what you can’t change and committing to what you can, co-author of Stuff That's Loud: A teen's guide to unspiralling when OCD gets noisy (with Lisa Coyne) and is an ACBS Peer Reviewed ACT Trainer.