Trainers

Here you can find the exceptional trainers from our ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) training workshops and resources. Our highly experienced professionals bring diverse backgrounds and deep expertise in ACT, using dynamic training styles and passion to guide you through core ACT concepts. Gain valuable skills and insights from our renowned presenters to enhance your practice and personal growth. Explore their profiles below and join us soon for a transformative training opportunity.

 

Dr Russ Harris

Dr Russ Harris: Medical Practitioner – Psychotherapist – Executive Coach  Russ Harris, author of the international best-selling self-help book ‘The Happiness Trap’, is a world-renowned trainer of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). Russ’s background is in medicine. As a GP he became increasingly interested in the psychological aspects of health and wellbeing, and increasingly disenchanted with writing ...

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Dr Louise Hayes

Louise Hayes is the founder of DNA-V. She is a clinical psychologist, researcher, author (and a certified Buddhist meditation teacher in her spare time). Louise has trained more than 10,000 professionals in ACT. She is the author of four books: The Thriving Adolescent, Your Life Your Way, Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life ...

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Dr Yvonne Barnes-Holmes

Yvonne has been a highly successful academic and clinician with a strong track record in teaching, training, publishing and presenting for over 20 years. She has published over 150 scientific articles, book chapters, and books, and has given over 500 presentations and workshops internationally. She was an Associate Professor in Behaviour Analysis and a Senior ...

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Dr Kirk Strosahl

Dr Kirk Strosahl is a co-founder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and has long been a chief proponent of using Focused ACT (FACT) as a brief intervention. Kirk has co-authored professional books on FACT, including: Brief Interventions for Radical Change: Principles and Practice of Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Robinson & Gustavsson, co-authors, 2012, New Harbinger Publications) Inside ...

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Dr Patricia Robinson

Dr. Patricia Robinson is the cofounder of the Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) model and Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT). Patricia is currently the Director of Training and Program Evaluation for Mountainview Consulting Group (www.Mtnviewconsulting.com), founded in 1998 and which won the APA Presidential Innovative Practice Award in 2009. For the past 16 years, she has ...

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Robyn Walser

Robyn D. Walser, Ph.D. is Director of TL Psychological and Consultation Services, Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and works at the National Center for PTSD. As a licensed psychologist, she maintains an international training, consulting and therapy practice. Dr. Walser is an expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and has co-authored ...

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Dr Lance McCracken

Dr Lance M McCracken is currently Professor of Clinical Psychology, and Head of the Division of Clinical Psychology, at Uppsala University in Sweden. He has worked for more than 25 years as a clinical psychologist in chronic pain services, including 18 years in the NHS. In the year 2000 he helped start the first interdisciplinary ...

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Dr Niklas Törneke

Niklas Törneke is a Swedish psychiatrist and psychotherapist, originally trained in cognitive therapy. Since 1998 he has been working with ACT and is continuously training and supervising ACT both in his home country and internationally. He belongs to the original group of peer reviewed ACT trainers. He is the author of “The ABCs of human behavior” ...

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Dr Joe Oliver

Dr Joe Oliver is a consultant clinical psychologist and founder of Contextual Consulting, an organisation providing training, supervision and therapy in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). He is also an associate professor and overall programme director for the University College London CBT for Severe Mental Health Problems post graduate programme. Joe is an active member of ...

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Siri Ming

Siri Ming, PhD, BCBA-D, (she/her) is a scientist-practitioner with over twenty-five years of experience in the field. She is committed to the compassionate practice of behaviour analysis to help people live meaningful, values-directed lives. Her research and clinical focus are on applications of relational frame theory (RFT) to early intervention programs for children with autism, ...

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Russell Kolts

Russell Kolts is a Professor of Psychology at Eastern Washington University and Director of the Inland Northwest Compassionate Mind Center in Spokane, Washington, USA. He has authored or co-authored scientific articles on various areas of psychology and has written several books about Compassion-Focused Therapy and compassion, including The Compassionate Mind Guide to Managing Your Anger, ...

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Dr. M. Joann Wright

Dr. M. Joann Wright is a clinical psychologist in the USA.  She has specialized in ACT since 2004.  She is the Executive Director of ACT One, an organization which provides global workshops, consultation, and supervision.  She has co-authored two ACT books aimed at assisting other therapists with their ACT work; Learning ACT for Group Treatment: ...

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Dr Ray Owen

Dr Ray Owen is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Health Psychologist with over 30 years experience of working in Physical Health settings within the NHS. He has substantial experience of teaching and supervision in a wide range of contexts, both within the Health Service and on a freelance basis. He is a Fellow of the ...

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Alison Maitland

Alison is a Health Professions Council Registered and BASES Accredited Psychologist. Alison’s approach combines a deep understanding of human performance with the practical experience of leading in and working in a wide range of settings in sport, the private sector, charities and public life. As a psychologist, Alison is as comfortable working with individuals taking their first ...

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Darin Cairns

Darin Cairns Clinical Psychologist | Clinic Director Darin Cairns has over 20 years experience in treating children, adults and families for a range of psychological disorders. He has specialised in emotional, neurological and developmental disorders. Clinically, Darin has expertise in child, adolescent, family therapy and developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorders. He also has extensive experience ...

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Dr Ben Sedley

Dr Ben Sedley works as a clinical psychologist in private practice in Wellington, New Zealand. Over the past 20 years of clinical work he has worked at a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Victoria University of Wellington Clinical Psychology Programme, Massey University Student Counselling service and at an IAPT CBT service in West London. ...

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Dr Eric Morris

Dr Eric Morris is a senior lecturer and director of the Psychology Clinic at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. He has over twenty years’ experience working as a clinical psychologist in Australia and the United Kingdom, engaging people with complex mental health problems and their families using contextual cognitive behavioural therapies. Eric researches acceptance ...

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Dr Gareth Holman

Dr. Gareth Holman is a psychologist, coach, facilitator, and writer based in Seattle. His coaching and therapy practice serves primarily high achieving adults who need support across personal, relationship, and professional contexts. He has worked with leaders and teams across tech, media, manufacturing, consulting, government, and academic settings, in the start-up space as well as ...

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Dr Kristy Potter

Dr Kristy Potter is a clinical psychologist who is passionate about ACT and has particular expertise in using this with physical health conditions including chronic pain. Kristy has an active research background and has published research on using ACT; her main areas of expertise lie within physical health including use of ACT with neurological conditions, ...

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Dr Linda Nicholson

Dr Linda Nicholson is a clinical psychologist and the Clinic Manager of the Australian National University Psychology Clinic in Canberra, Australia. Linda has over 15 years’ experience as a clinician and over 10 years’ experience as a supervisor in cognitive behavioural therapies, specifically Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Linda’s PhD involved utilising Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with ...

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Dr Maja Schaedel

Dr Maja Schaedel, DClinPsy CPsychol MSc BA(Hons) PGCert is an experienced Clinical Psychologist who now specialises exclusively in the area of sleep and trauma-related sleep difficulties. As an advanced ACT practitioner Maja developed a combined ACT and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) group treatment protocol within an NHS service. She now uses ACT as a ...

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Dr Matthew Pugh

Dr Matthew Pugh is a Clinical Psychologist, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Advanced Schema Therapist, Voice Dialogue Facilitator, and chairwork practitioner. He is a Teaching Fellow with University College London and Lead Clinical Resource Developer with Psychology Tools. Prior to this, he worked in the NHS for over 10 years in senior therapist and leadership roles. Alongside ...

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Dr Richard Bennett

Dr Richard Bennett works as a Clinical Psychologist and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. He holds a post as an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Birmingham, where he leads the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. He worked in adult and forensic mental health services in the NHS for over 20 years before setting ...

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Dr Sally Bradley

Dr. Sally Bradley is a highly experienced Clinical Psychologist working privately in the UK who still finds these bio’s hard to write! Being passionate and authentic, she genuinely aims to model the model as a clinician, supervisor and trainer to create a safe, supportive space to learn and develop. Specialising in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ...

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Dr Tamar Black

Tamar Black, Ph.D., is an educational and developmental psychologist with more than 20 years’ experience working as a school psychologist and 22 years’ experience in private practice. She is the author of ACT FOR TREATING CHILDREN (New Harbinger, 2022). Tamar is an approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia, and the Australian Psychological Society’s ...

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Dr Tobyn Bell

Dr Tobyn Bell is a psychotherapist specialising in Compassion Focused Therapy. He is also an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Schema Therapist, and Voice Dialogue Facilitator. He works as a lecturer and operational lead at the University of Manchester and is a co-director of Chairwork with Matthew Pugh. Tobyn gives workshops nationally and internationally on the ...

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Dr Victoria Samuel

Dr Victoria Samuel is a researcher and practicing clinical psychologist who has worked clinically for 20 years. Based on her enthusiasm for the relevance, resonance, and striking efficacy of the ACT therapeutic approach, Victoria has developed a research focus on the protective effect of psychological flexibility in diverse populations. Over the last 5 years, Victoria ...

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Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona

Dr. Zurita Ona, Dr. Z, is a Licensed Psychologist in California. Her work is dedicated to helping all her clients to get “unstuck from fear-based reactions” and live the life they want to live. A key question to her work is “how can we get unstuck from worries, fears, anxieties, perfectionism, procrastination, and any other ...

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Hazel Anderson-Turner

Hazel Anderson-Turner is a Business Psychologist and Professional Certified Coach who uses ACT within her 1:1 coaching and leadership development workshops. Hazel specialises in resilience, leadership and burnout prevention and since the pandemic has been working intensely with the NHS and emergency services. Her story: I’ve always been fascinated by the relationship we have with our minds. ...

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Hossein Saeedi / حسین سعیدی

Hossein Saeedi is a university professor and cognitive behavioural psychotherapist who teaches at a  Saroyeh University in the north of Iran teaching psychotherapy . He initially focused on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and devoted himself to understanding its methods and applications in clinical settings. For the past five years, his work has centred on studying ...

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Jenna Ashford

Jenna is a Chartered Sport & Exercise Psychologist. Jenna has a broad range of experience working with athletes from many different sports, from elite level to school sport. She was part of the team of psychologists at the Football Association who developed the high performance culture within England Football teams. She has led psychology programmes at various schools ...

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Jennifer Kemp

Jennifer Kemp is a privately practicing Clinical Psychologist living in Adelaide, Australia. She balances time with her family with seeing clients, writing, presenting, and providing consultations to professionals seeking to deepen their therapeutic practice and application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Jennifer specialises in helping people struggling with perfectionism, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, weight management, ...

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Jim Lucas

Jim Lucas specialises in showing CBT Practitioners how to integrate Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) into their work.  He has taught ACT at introductory, intermediate and advanced levels.  Since 2014, Jim has been a Teaching Fellow at the University of Birmingham.  He trains and supervises practitioners on the CBT PG programme within the School of ...

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Jodie Wassner

Jodie Wassner is an Educational and Developmental psychologist with over 20 years experience counselling young people and their families. She divides her professional time equally between clinic work with young people and educational training for psychologists and other health professionals, via local and international workshops, as well as supervision. ​Her two professional passions are Acceptance and ...

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Lou Lasprugato

Lou Lasprugato, MFT, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Integrative Psychotherapist with Sutter Health’s Institute for Health and Healing, and Peer-Reviewed Trainer in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. Lou has been facilitating workshops and presentations on ACT, mindfulness, nutritional psychology, and integrative mental health since 2012.  His workshops ...

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Ross McIntosh

Ross take a stand for what’s possible in the workplace. He designs and delivers evidence-based skills training to support adults in realising these possibilities for themselves. With a particular focus on psychological well-being, adaptability and recovery from work his approach is founded in contextual behavioural science. At City, University of London, Ross works alongside Dr Paul ...

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Kevin E Vowles, PhD

Over the course of his career, Kevin has worked almost exclusively in the area of chronic pain. He has been a key figure in the development and adaptation of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for this complex condition. His work is cited by the American Psychological Association’s Division of Clinical Psychology in their listing of ...

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Dr Chloe Constable

Dr Chloe Constable is a clinical psychologist and systemic psychotherapist. Chloe has spent the last 10 years working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHS) where she has witnessed the transformative effect of ACT skills with both young people and their families. Chloe has delighted in developing the InTER-ACT programme alongside Victoria and jumps ...

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