Monday 31 May & Tuesday 1 June 2021

Growing research about ACT demonstrates its efficacy for a wide range of diagnoses and life problems. It helps people accept their internal experiences while moving towards the life they value.

At this experiential workshop you will establish a foundational understanding of Psychological Flexibility, develop skills for using ACT and learn about Relational Frame Theory (RFT). 

Over the two days you will learn how to:

  • help clients hold their painful thoughts and emotions gently; identify and actively move towards their values; and develop awareness of the present moment and their capacity to observe it.
  • develop a therapeutic relationship in which support can be provided compassionately and flexibly.
  • formulate life struggles from an ACT perspective.
  • practice ACT exercises and relate the concepts back to your own life and clinical experiences.
  • meet clients where they are and foster their willingness to change

Lunches and morning teas are included.

Designed for:

Clinicans of any discipline. No prior ACT training is required.

About your trainers:

Giselle Bahr is a clinical psychologists and co-founder of ACT Wellington. She has been using ACT in her practice for over 10 years, and has been trained and supervised by many of the world’s leading ACT therapists and researchers. Giselle has worked at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, in private practice with adults and adolescents, and trained new clinical psychology students at Victoria University of Wellington.  She facilitates groups introducing ACT to Parents.



Kathryn Whitehead is a clinical psychologist working in private practice and as an artist. She previously worked at the Mothers and Babies Inpatient Service in Christchurch, interspersed with stints in youth mental health. She is the co-author, with Sonya Watson, of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety: the Ultimate Survival and Recovery Guide. Specialising in ACT alongside attachment, Kathryn cares about helping diverse clients, infants and their families build strong, connected and compassionate lives and relationships. These values flow into Kathryn’s work as a supervisor, mentor and reflective-practice facilitator for colleagues.  Kathryn coordinates the Otautahi ACT Interest Group, chaired a hui on making the Mothers and Babies service more accessible to Māori, and is a guest lecturer at the University of Canterbury Clinical Psychology programme.  She has conducted and worked on research projects related to temperament, impulsivity and borderline personality disorder.