The team here at ACT Hub Wales is…
After working in IT for over 20 years I was made aware of of the ACT course which was being run at Cardiff University and decided to look into it. After some research it looked very promising.
I was looking for something that I could use for self-help to develop resilience and reduce stress in my daily life but also to gain more of an insight into what makes us, as human beings, tick.
Well from the first lesson of the first course I knew that I had made the right choice. ACT spoke to me in way that nothing else did and I was hooked. Since then I have been on all of Ingrid’s courses at Cardiff University, gained my ACT/ProSocial Matrix qualification after studying with Dr Kevin Polk, developed my own ACT model and built this website with Ingrid.
ACT has helped enormously in my life to gain better perspective on who and what is important, develop self-awareness and not to get hung up on that voice in my head feeding me negative stories.
In future we hope to offer courses in ACT and the ACT/ProSocial Matrix for mental health professionals as well as in the corporate world. This will be for staff training in the use of ACT techniques and HR professionals to use and train their own staff.
In many ways I have been very fortunate in my life but I have struggled with some significant challenges which ACT has taught me to change my relationship with, and see from a different perspective.
In 2010 my family and I came from (sometimes too) sunny Australia to Cardiff.
Everybody thinks I am joking, when I say that we decided on living in Wales because of the rain. However, that is absolutely true! Born and raised in Germany, I missed the green and the cold and the seasons. Wales was and is my Goldilocks spot!
When you go somewhere new, it is customary to bring a gift: So, I decided to offer my skills as a teacher, trainer and ACT therapist to the Cardiff community.
Although I had trained and worked for many years in my first career as a teacher, my interests had led to a major career change in Australia. In 2001 I graduated from Canberra University with a Postgraduate Diploma and a Masters in Counselling, Community Education and Psychotherapy.
Having trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), I then found ‘my best fit’ therapy in 2007: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
My initial training in ACT was with Russ Harris, author of the Happiness Trap, and one of the ACT ‘Greats’. I have been working as an ACT therapist and trainer ever since.
In 2011, I commenced teaching ACT courses for professionals and members of the general public at the Centre for Continuing and Professional Education of Cardiff University.
If you think, this is grand, well… I have been rather lucky in many things in my live. Many (often hard and unwanted) changes opened up other possibilities. I have found that being human is not easy. It is sometimes hard and sometimes beautiful. Everybody experiences life’s struggles.
As humans we all have weaknesses. To not accept this means additional suffering and stress. ACT is here to help!