The Power of Simple Words

At the CPI, our mission is to put psychological flexibility in the water supply. This is one of the reasons why we are passionate about making ACT...
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Cognitive fusion: when the stories of our monkey minds rule our lives

Have you ever been convinced that you couldn’t do something, that in fact you could? Have you ever believed that a loved one thought something about...
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Loneliness is a serial killer

One of the greatest risk factors for early death, on par with smoking and twice as deadly as obesity or alcohol, is loneliness. We can die from...
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What to do as a parent if spanking doesn’t work?

The subject of spanking regularly comes back into popular consciousness seems that as soon as there is a discussion about the problem behaviours of...
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Getting Out of Stuck Loops

We are all born with the gift of an internal advanced autopilot system. It’s one of the most useful things because it helps us to learn to do things automatically, without much thought; like walking up the stairs or driving to work. It doesn’t require us to think much...

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Prisoners of the Matrix

In the famous movie, the Matrix, the Hero Neo discovers that, far from living his real life, he is a prisoner of the Matrix, a network of computers that feeds on humans’ life energy and traps them in a virtual world that denies them their true potential. To free...

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Stop biting hooks!

Stop biting hooks! And learn how to unhook Don’t you just hate that moment when you realize you’re stuck in an all-too-familiar rut? Was it wasting hours on Twitter, drinking too much or getting into that argument that went nowhere? Does your mind ever go : “ How the...

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On the Morrow of a Massacre in a Quebec Mosque

GENERAL PUBLIC BLOG POST On the Morrow of a Massacre in a Quebec Mosque Faced with the horror of crazy politically motivated massacres, has contextual psychology anything to say? I was asked to write this blog, yet my mind feels only confusion and the need to back...

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Could Anxiety Kill Me?

GENERAL PUBLIC BLOG POST How to live the life you want even when it scares the c**p out of you   Maybe you’ve heard others tell you to stop being so anxious or to stop worrying. When they do, it only makes it worse. Only people who’ve experienced crippling...

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How to make the best of your Mind’s GPS

Your mind is like a GPS system that’s been programmed over a lifetime. It can help you get to where you want to get to. It can also get you stuck. If you program it to avoid what you don’t like : rundown streets or traffic jams, you may see only pretty wide open...

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Should we stay together?

4 questions to consider before making your decision You’ve been together for a while, but these days it feels as though the flame is gone. You struggle to connect. Even your best moments together don’t make you feel as alive as you once felt. Should you stay or should...

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FIVE MYTHS ABOUT OCD

Tired of being a slave to your obsessions? In this post, we’ll debunk 5 myths about obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In today’s culture, we joke that someone “ is OCD ” when they like to keep their kitchen spotless with each utensil, plate, and pot with its very...

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Want meaningful work?

We put our values in action in the workplace At the CPI, we believe our motto of putting your values in action shouldn’t just apply to the clients we train or consult with, but just as much to every member of our team. Here’s the question that we ask of our team...

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What if we relearned to make choices?

Increase the minimum wage. Reduce executive pay. Abolish wage scales… there is much talk of money and what is or isn’t fair remuneration, but what about the decision-making process? I believe we have “unlearned” to make choices. The prospect of being responsible for...

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IPC goes teal

About a year ago, overwhelmed by our institute growth prospects, I approached my local chamber of commerce to get onto their mentorship program. After a couple of months Daniel Blanchette (DB com) became my mentor. As he’s a management consultant, I showed him the ACT...

read more

The Power of Simple Words

At the CPI, our mission is to put psychological flexibility in the water supply. This is one of the reasons why we are passionate about making ACT as simple as possible. This way, everybody has a chance to get it. We use what we call the “simple words” approach. In...

read more

Loneliness is a serial killer

One of the greatest risk factors for early death, on par with smoking and twice as deadly as obesity or alcohol, is loneliness. We can die from being alone. As human beings, we are the most social of all mammals. Is it a surprise then that social connection and...

read more

What to do as a parent if spanking doesn’t work?

The subject of spanking regularly comes back into popular consciousness seems that as soon as there is a discussion about the problem behaviours of kids and teens, folks start bemoaning laws against corporal punishment for children. According to a 2014 UNICEF report,...

read more

When a client relapses

Sue had been doing great. A small, plucky lady beset by panic attacks, she had completed twelve sessions of beautiful and meaningful therapy that had helped her face her anxiety with compassion and kindness. I had been deeply touched by how she’d reconnected with her...

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10 years of ACT

Ten years ago, I was training to become a CBT therapist. I had a strong interest in mindfulness. When my life was chaotic, back in 1994, a friend had taken me to a Zen dojo in a small Paris backstreet. There, in a small and badly lit room I was introduced to...

read more

Stop Taking Your Clients’ Problems Home With You

Taking your clients’ problems home with you is bad for you. It may not even be the best way to help them get better. Here’s why. Kayla is depressed. She has been in therapy with you for a few months. At first she seemed to make progress. She got a new job and started...

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ACT Matrix and Trauma

John came to consult me for marital and work difficulties. He doesn’t recognize himself. He gets angry at his kids and wife, and just got fired from his work after a blowout at his boss. As we start working together, he tells me about a whole range of traumatic events...

read more

The Power of Simple Words

At the CPI, our mission is to put psychological flexibility in the water supply. This is one of the reasons why we are passionate about making ACT as simple as possible. This way, everybody has a chance to get it. We use what we call the “simple words” approach. In...

read more

Loneliness is a serial killer

One of the greatest risk factors for early death, on par with smoking and twice as deadly as obesity or alcohol, is loneliness. We can die from being alone. As human beings, we are the most social of all mammals. Is it a surprise then that social connection and...

read more

What to do as a parent if spanking doesn’t work?

The subject of spanking regularly comes back into popular consciousness seems that as soon as there is a discussion about the problem behaviours of kids and teens, folks start bemoaning laws against corporal punishment for children. According to a 2014 UNICEF report,...

read more

Getting Out of Stuck Loops

We are all born with the gift of an internal advanced autopilot system. It’s one of the most useful things because it helps us to learn to do things automatically, without much thought; like walking up the stairs or driving to work. It doesn’t require us to think much...

read more

Prisoners of the Matrix

In the famous movie, the Matrix, the Hero Neo discovers that, far from living his real life, he is a prisoner of the Matrix, a network of computers that feeds on humans’ life energy and traps them in a virtual world that denies them their true potential. To free...

read more

Want meaningful work?

We put our values in action in the workplace At the CPI, we believe our motto of putting your values in action shouldn’t just apply to the clients we train or consult with, but just as much to every member of our team. Here’s the question that we ask of our team...

read more

When a client relapses

Sue had been doing great. A small, plucky lady beset by panic attacks, she had completed twelve sessions of beautiful and meaningful therapy that had helped her face her anxiety with compassion and kindness. I had been deeply touched by how she’d reconnected with her...

read more

10 years of ACT

Ten years ago, I was training to become a CBT therapist. I had a strong interest in mindfulness. When my life was chaotic, back in 1994, a friend had taken me to a Zen dojo in a small Paris backstreet. There, in a small and badly lit room I was introduced to...

read more

Stop biting hooks!

Stop biting hooks! And learn how to unhook Don’t you just hate that moment when you realize you’re stuck in an all-too-familiar rut? Was it wasting hours on Twitter, drinking too much or getting into that argument that went nowhere? Does your mind ever go : “ How the...

read more

Stop Taking Your Clients’ Problems Home With You

Taking your clients’ problems home with you is bad for you. It may not even be the best way to help them get better. Here’s why. Kayla is depressed. She has been in therapy with you for a few months. At first she seemed to make progress. She got a new job and started...

read more

What if we relearned to make choices?

Increase the minimum wage. Reduce executive pay. Abolish wage scales… there is much talk of money and what is or isn’t fair remuneration, but what about the decision-making process? I believe we have “unlearned” to make choices. The prospect of being responsible for...

read more

On the Morrow of a Massacre in a Quebec Mosque

GENERAL PUBLIC BLOG POST On the Morrow of a Massacre in a Quebec Mosque Faced with the horror of crazy politically motivated massacres, has contextual psychology anything to say? I was asked to write this blog, yet my mind feels only confusion and the need to back...

read more

Could Anxiety Kill Me?

GENERAL PUBLIC BLOG POST How to live the life you want even when it scares the c**p out of you   Maybe you’ve heard others tell you to stop being so anxious or to stop worrying. When they do, it only makes it worse. Only people who’ve experienced crippling...

read more

ACT Matrix and Trauma

John came to consult me for marital and work difficulties. He doesn’t recognize himself. He gets angry at his kids and wife, and just got fired from his work after a blowout at his boss. As we start working together, he tells me about a whole range of traumatic events...

read more

How to make the best of your Mind’s GPS

Your mind is like a GPS system that’s been programmed over a lifetime. It can help you get to where you want to get to. It can also get you stuck. If you program it to avoid what you don’t like : rundown streets or traffic jams, you may see only pretty wide open...

read more

IPC goes teal

About a year ago, overwhelmed by our institute growth prospects, I approached my local chamber of commerce to get onto their mentorship program. After a couple of months Daniel Blanchette (DB com) became my mentor. As he’s a management consultant, I showed him the ACT...

read more

Should we stay together?

4 questions to consider before making your decision You’ve been together for a while, but these days it feels as though the flame is gone. You struggle to connect. Even your best moments together don’t make you feel as alive as you once felt. Should you stay or should...

read more