238. Values During Times of Transition (with Us)

We’re undergoing a major paradigm shift here at POTC, and as we shift, we feel it’s important to reorient toward our values. Values might be defined as ways-of-being or qualities or purposes that define behaviors. For example, if you value kindness, you might go out of your way to exude kindness in your behaviors, even when it’s difficult or uncomfortable to do so. On this episode of POTC, our co-hosts come together to discuss their personal values as well as those that guide their podcast-creating behaviors. Join our team in this episode as we unpack how our values have evolved alongside the podcast, and learn practical methods for exploring your own values today!

Listen and Learn:

  • Our three co-hosts’ values-packed vision statement for the podcast and how its changed over the years
  • The values “conflicts” that have come up throughout the podcast’s history and how our co-hosts have navigated them 
  • How our co-hosts have practiced flexibility in their podcast-creating behavior
  • Values exercises you can use in tricky decision points
  • The evolution in our co-hosts understanding of values over time
  • Expert-approved definitions of values
  • Practical advice for moving from values to committed action


About our co-hosts:

Dr. Debbie Sorensen is a clinical psychologist in Denver, Colorado. She has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is a co-author of the book ACT Daily Journal: Get Unstuck and Live Fully with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She loves living in her home state of Colorado with her husband, two daughters, and dog, and getting outdoors in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

Dr. Yael Schonbrun is a practicing clinical psychologist and a professor at Brown University. In her clinical practice and in her research, she brings effective treatments to those who are struggling with the transition to parenthood, with relationship problems, depression, anxiety, general unhappiness, substance use, and life stress. You can find out more about Yael’s writing, including her forthcoming book on work and family, and about her research by clicking the links, and can follow her on Twitter and on Facebook where she posts about the science and practice of work and family.

Dr. Jill Stoddard is the director of The Center for Stress and Anxiety Management in San Diego. She got her PhD in clinical psychology from Boston University where she trained at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders; it was there that her passion for treating anxiety using evidence based methods took root. She also loves to write, speak, and now podcast! She’s written two books based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Big Book of ACT Metaphors: A Practitioner’s Guide to Experiential Exercises and Metaphors in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Be Mighty: A Woman’s Guide to Liberation from Anxiety, Worry, and Stress Using Mindfulness and Acceptance. When she’s not writing, counseling her fierce clients, speaking, or podcasting, she’s spending time with her amazing family, friends, and dogs, and feeling grateful for her mighty life.

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Episode 238