287. Think, Act, Be with Seth Gillihan

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a powerful practice that has been proven to effectively reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. But, while CBT can help bring us relief in the short term, it doesn’t always create lasting change. That’s why many mental health professionals are now combining CBT with another technique – mindfulness. By combining the two practices, we can start to create long-term improvements in our behavior, thoughts, and attitudes.

Here to discuss research-based practices from his recently published book, Mindful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, A Simple Path to Healing, Hope and Peace, is best-selling author and psychologist, Seth Gillihan. Seth offers a model of fresh and practical strategies that build upon traditional techniques of CBT to transcend our capacity to control negative thinking and take the right steps to live in the present and enjoy life. Tune in to learn how these powerful practices can unlock a new path to healing. 

Listen and Learn:

  • Seth’s experience sharing so much of his personal mental health struggle in his book
  • What mindfulness can do to help transcend the limitations of cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Why mindfulness has lost its essence and how we can use mindfulness in a way that’s beneficial
  • An introduction to mindfulness for someone who might be resistant 
  • Acceptance vs. passivity
  • Seth’s thoughts on psychiatric medication as a form of mental health treatment
  • The relationship between cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy


About Seth Gillihan

Seth Gillihan, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who specializes in mindful cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). He was a full-time faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania from 2008 to 2012, and taught in the Psychology Department at Haverford College from 2012-2015. He has been in private practice since 2012. Seth completed a doctorate in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of multiple books on mindfulness and CBT, Therapy Advisor with the self-therapy app Bloom, a medical reviewer for Everyday Health, and host of the Think Act Be podcast.

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Episode 287