77. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Jill Stoddard

In nearly every episode on our podcast, we describe how ACT-based concepts and principles help us heal from pain, make life-affirming choices, and build happiness. Join us for a conversation about a powerful therapeutic approach and general guide to living well, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Dr. Jill Stoddard walks us through the principles of ACT, which have been shown to help individuals with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, relationship problems, and general stress improve their happiness and general well-being. Dr. Jill Stoddard explains the basics of ACT and how we can use ACT-based ideas and strategies to live more meaningfully.

Listen and Learn:

  • About psychological flexibility, the ability to stay in touch with present circumstances so that you can make choices to persist or cease behaviors in the service of your most important values
  • How reframing emotional pain can allow you to make that pain work better for you
  • Illuminating metaphors that bring to life the 6 core processes of ACT which help us to live more effectively


Dr. Jill Stoddard

About Dr. Jill Stoddard

Jill Stoddard, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, the director of the Center for Stress & Anxiety Management in Carlsbad. She received her Ph.D. from the renowned Boston University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders under the mentorship of David Barlow. Jill is an award winning teacher and peer-reviewed ACT trainer who has presented at local, national and international conferences and has co-authored articles on CBT, ACT, anxiety disorders, and cardiac and chronic pain. Her newest book, Be Mighty: A Woman’s Guide to Liberation from Anxiety, Worry, and Stress Using Mindfulness and Acceptance can be pre-ordered and will be released by New Harbinger next year.

Join the discussion

  • Hi. I am a recently minted BCBA who personally battles with OCD and anxiety so I’ve been studying ACT as a personal journal but more for my work. I do behavioral consultation with a number of adolescents 13 plus. I thought during the episode you mentioned an actual curriculum which was based on ACT for this age group. Is it possible to let me know what that was called. Thanks so much. Love the podcast. Would love to see more psychological principals mixed with ABA in practice covered on the podcast. Thanks so much

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Episode 77