226. ACT for Perfectionism with Jennifer Kemp

Pobody’s nerfect, but many of us wish we were. At its best, perfectionism can lend itself to high levels of achievement and success. At its worst (and more often than not), perfectionism can prevent you from taking risks for fear of failure or feeling like no matter what you do, you’ll never be good enough. Jennifer Kemp is a clinical psychologist who has dedicated her career to working with individuals with perfectionism and problems associated with perfectionism including anxiety, depression, body-image and eating disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. On this episode of POTC, Jennifer and Debbie discuss perfectionism, what it looks like, and strategies you can use to target perfectionistic behaviors. Join us in this episode to learn about the cost of perfectionism in relationships, emotional discomfort underlying perfectionism, and more!

Listen and Learn:

  • Debbie and Jill’s personal and professional experiences with perfectionism
  • Jennifer’s life-long struggle with perfectionism that led her to becoming the expert she is today!
  • Jennifer’s practical, evidence-based tips for noticing when perfectionism is problematic in your own life
  • The link between perfectionism, burnout, and stress
  • The cost of perfectionism in relationships
  • Different forms of perfectionism and perfectionistic behavior 
  • The underlying emotional discomfort at the heart of perfectionism (and how to approach it using data-based strategies!)
  • Effective, compassionate strategies you can use to work with self-critical thinking


About Jennifer Kemp:

Jennifer Kemp is a clinical psychologist in Australia. She works with clients who are struggling with perfectionism, as well as problems associated with perfectionism, like anxiety, depression, eating and body image problems, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Jennifer integrates ACT, behavior analysis, exposure and compassion focused therapy approaches in her therapeutic and consultation work. She also presents internationally on the topic of perfectionism. She provides professional consultation to therapists, seeking to deepen their therapeutic skills and fluency in ACT. She’s also the author of a new book, The ACT Workbook for Perfectionism.

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Episode 226