ACTwithcompassion is for therapists who are interested in bringing more compassion and effectiveness to their work with self-critical and shame prone clients.
Our aim is to bring together information and people who are interested in studying and developing treatments that have compassion, kindness, and belongingness at their heart. This site and related social media serve as a place for conversation and contribution.
We believe we learn best in community and that compassion and kindness are fundamentally about our connections with others and ourselves. If you're interested in learning more about the role of compassion in psychotherapy, I'd encourage you to connect through this website.
Looking for resources?
1) Original resources for therapists. We are constantly creating new handouts and treatment information based on our work in treatment development. We publish these resources as they become available. Most of these resources relate to acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) as a method for working with self-criticism and shame, but we also include work based on compassion-focused therapy and emotion-focused therapy.
2) Training events relevant to therapists wanting to learn more about compassion in psychotherapy. We list trainings that we give, along with those of others that we've heard about on the mindful self-compassion approach (not really therapy, but related), compassion-focused therapy, or acceptance and commitment therapy if there is a focus on self-compassion and/or shame. If you know of a training that is not on our training page, let us know!
3) Content on self-compassion, shame, and self-criticism from around the web. We curate content related to compassion in psychotherapy. We try to pull together the best resources that we run across in our learning and research and post it to the site and our newsletter. These might be videos you could show to clients, handouts that we've discovered in our searches, or new research articles you might be interested in. If you find something interesting that might be worth sharing, we'd love to hear about it.
4) Monthly newsletter where we summarize all of our new content. Sign up for this free newsletter and you'll receive our newest content each month in your inbox.
Jason Luoma, Ph.D. is founder of ACTwithCompassion and a leading researcher in the area of shame, self-stigma, and interventions for those difficulties. He is also co-founder of Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, & Training Center, a unique research and training clinic where proceeds from services go to fund scientific research. Jason is an internationally recognized trainer in ACT and author of Learning Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a book popular with professionals for its mixture of sophistication and accessibility. He has over 30 publications on shame, stigma, emotion-focused therapy, and ACT including publishing first randomized trial of an ACT approach to shame in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. He also maintains a clinical practice focused on helping people with chronic shame and self-criticism to develop more self-compassion.
Melissa Platt, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and researcher at Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, and Training Center. Melissa has a decade of clinical experience working with individuals and groups using a broad range of therapeutic techniques. Her published research focuses on shame, particularly as it relates to interpersonal trauma, and she has also co-edited a book on military sexual trauma. She is currently researching the effects of compassion on feelings of shame and developing new treatments for shame and self-criticism.
Jenna LeJeune, Ph.D. is co-founder of and Director of Clinical Services at Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, and Training Center. Her research primarily focuses on interventions designed to decrease mental health stigma and developing compassion-focused interventions for those struggling with shame and self-criticism. In her clinical practice, Jenna specializes in using ACT, with a focus on the ways in which compassion and perspective taking interventions can help those struggling with various relationship difficulties, including problems with intimacy, trauma-related relationship challenges, and also struggles a person may have in their relationship with their own body.
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