video blog: defusing from life-sucking thoughts

Today I'm excited to post my very first video blog, focused on the concept "defusion" from Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). When you're really hooked by thoughts that are not helping you move in the direction of the life you want (whether the thoughts are true or not), practicing various defusion techniques can be a way to unhook and get a little distance from the thoughts so you're not totally consumed by them. Ultimately, defusion helps you to be able to exist with the thoughts (good luck just trying to banish those thoughts entirely... you'll likely make yourself even more frustrated if that's your goal!) AND still choose the actions and behaviors that lead you in the direction of a functional and fulfilling life. If positive affirmations don't always work well for you, give defusion a try. Hope you enjoy this brief intro!

For more info and tons of great ideas for practicing defusion in your everyday life, check out The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris.


Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin, LMSW, is a Primary Therapist at The Ranch residential treatment center, where she works with eating disorders, addiction, trauma, and co-occurring mental health issues. Valerie focuses on a holistic treatment approach of mind + body integration, using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), somatic and bioenergetic therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), psychodrama, 12-step, and shame resilience. She is also a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate. Valerie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Master of Science degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Texas in Austin. She is an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, and emphasizes spiritual exploration in her work with clients.