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ACT with Dr. Diana Hill


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This is episode 75 and today I’m here with Dr. Diana Hill talking about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.


Diana Hill, Ph.D. is a modern psychologist, mom, and co-author of ACT Daily Journal: Get unstuck and live fully with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She is the host of the podcast show Your LIfe in Process, blogs for Psychology Today, is on the clinical advisory board of Lightfully Behavioral Health, and is a guest teacher at InsightLA, Mindful Heart Programs, PESI and Praxis CE. Through her online teachings, executive coaching, and private therapy practice Diana encourages clients to let go of unhealthy striving and build psychological flexibility so that they can live more meaningful and fulfilling lives. Diana practices what she preaches in her daily life as a mom of two, homesteader, and yoga teacher. Go to or her channels on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube (@drdianahill) to get tools to build psychological flexibility into your daily life.


ACT: We explain acceptance and commitment therapy and its core pursuit of “psychological flexibility.”

Contacting the Present Moment: We walk through what this mindfulness can look like and how it’s helpful.

Acceptance: We talk about acceptance (in contrast to experiential avoidance).

Defusion: We share some simple strategies we can use to create some distance between ourselves and our thoughts.

Self-As-Context: We walk through how we can take perspective on our self-stories.

Values: We discuss how we can identify our values.

Effective Action: We go over some pitfalls we’ve seen people make in the effort of taking effective action and how we can avoid them.


We answer the question: The majority of the folks in our Sage Family Village are radical. They’re questioning the status quo, breaking intergenerational cycles, and shifting cultural tides around the world. A struggle that can often come along with this work is knowing when to accept a situation and when to push back in the hope of making positive change. Do you have any insight to share on how to make that discernment?

Help with ACT

The conversation you’re about to hear is so meaty and good and if it inspires you to go deeper with this work, I want to remind you that there is support available to help you.

When I am intrigued and want to take a deep dive into learning more about something, I’ll start with books and podcast episodes, following people on social media or through their email list who I admire who are doing good work in this area, and then even taking an online course in it (and there are links in the deep dive section of the show notes to help you do all of that).

That feeds my brainy intellectual part, but understanding something intellectually, doesn’t always translate to feeling it emotionally, showing up with it in your relationships, or living it in your life. We can often benefit tremendously from the support of a person who can connect with us directly and offer guidance.

My favorite metaphor that I’ve heard (credit to Russ Harris) is that it’s like you’re climbing a mountain over there and I’m climbing a mountain over here and from where I am on my mountain I can see things on your mountain that you can’t see. I can see an easier path that’s just out of your view or that you’re using your pick ax incorrectly or that there’s an avalanche about to happen. We’re all climbing our mountain till the day we die but we can learn to climb more effectively and efficiently, to enjoy the climb and appreciate how far we’ve come.

That is how I can help right here.

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Sage Family Podcast 3: Therapy with Dr. Cassidy Freitas

Emotional Agility by Susan David

ACT Made Simple by Dr. Russ Harris

Psychologists Off the Clock podcast with Dr. Diana Hill

ACT for Beginners course for clinicians with Dr. Russ Harris

Diana’s Your Life in Progress podcast

Diana’s Clouds in the Sky meditation on Insight Timer

The Body Is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor

Diana’s website

Diana on IG

ACT Daily Journal

Foundations of ACT course

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