• #35 Helping Clients Prepare for Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy w/ Temple Morris

    To purchase the music and directly support the artists click here:


    I am joined by the marvelous Temple Morris, LCSW-C. She is a therapist/consultant in private practice at True North in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. She is a mover and shaker in the ACT community especially in the psychedelic special interest group. In this episode we talk abut helping clients prepare for their plant medicine journeys, and to coach people to use ACT processes on these inner voyages. We talk about the entheogenic/psychedelic renaissance. Also, we discuss how our own explorations have informed our work and lives.

    To purchase the music and directly support the artists click here:


    To contact Temple:


    One River Book mentioned:


    My email: marcel@marceltassara.com

    1h 26m | Apr 29, 2023
  • #34 The Heart of ACT w/ Robyn Walser

    Into the heart of ACT (and really therapy) with Robyn Walser, PhD. Robyn has been an integral part of the development and dissemination of ACT for several decades. We discuss what it means to work from the heart, with presence and authenticity. Robyn has a new on demand course through praxiscet: Healing Trauma with ACT. Robyn’s website: http://www.tlconsultationservices.com/index.html

    To purchase the album of music on this podcast: https://zulenadueto.bandcamp.com/releases

    If you are interested in joining my a group consultation with me, email me at marcel@marceltassara.com

    1h 26m | May 25, 2022
  • #33 Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy w/ Henry Whitfield

    #33 with Henry Whitfield. We discuss his recent publication (https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyt.2021.727572/full), issues of self and content/process/context, and finish with a real-play demonstration of Henry leading me through a integration session.

    Henry is a peer reviewed ACT trainer. He has written, co-written and edited training manuals for ACT, TIR and FAP. As a visiting research fellow at Regents University London, he focuses his research on the development of ACT-consistent models for psychedelic-assisted therapy. His psychedelic plant medicine path has changed how he does psychotherapy especially with self-concept issues.




    Mural Artist: 


    Henry’s 2022 in-person training:


    my contact info:


    1h 18m | Mar 11, 2022
  • Self-as-Context Guided Meditation w/ Louise McHugh

    From episode #32

    11m | Dec 23, 2021
  • #32 Louise McHugh

    What you know about your Self?

    Join me as I mix it up with Dr. Louise McHugh to discuss this very important topic of The Self. She provides a friendly crash course in RFT and helps to show how RFT is useful in understanding different selfing repertoires. Dr. McHugh is associate professor of psychology at University College Dublin, a Fellow in the Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences, and has contributed mightily to the contextual behavioral science view of the self. GO AND GET A COPY of her he book A Contextual Behavioral Guide to the Self: Theory and Practice. It's a must read for ACT clinicians.

    She sometimes provides training through this org: https://actnow.co/

    Mooji: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ui3vIvymDE&t=340s

    i'm available for group and/or individual consultation: marcel@marceltassara.com

    1h 7m | Dec 22, 2021
  • #31 Mitch Fryling

    I’m joined by Dr. Mitch Fryling to discuss functional thinking and open the aperture a bit, from a causal way of interpretation, to a field perspective. Mitch is gifted at making Interbehavioral philosophy approachable and even fun. We dissect what “function” points at, public vs. private events, and problems with mentalistic thinking. 

    Artilcles discussed:

    Are Thoughts Private:




    Emily Sandoz’ Interbehavior as a clinical focus in CBS: A response to Hayes and Fryling (2019) (full access available ACBS members) 


    If interested in training groups: marcel@marceltassara.com

    1h 3m | Nov 14, 2021
  • #30 Lisa Coyne

    Big number 30 with ACT and OCD ninja, Lisa Coyne, PhD. We discuss screen, how to value and shape valuing, OCD/ERP, and how to pivot when your bid to do exposure work is rejected. 

    Check out Lisa’s New England Center for OCD and Anxiety for training and consultation: https://www.newenglandocd.org/

    If you are interested in group or individual consultation w/ me: marcel@marceltassara

    53m | Sep 8, 2021
  • #29 Yash Bhambhani

    From start to finish, this interview with Yash Bhambhani, PhD, is a palpable demonstration of mindfulness in action. Yash is a psychologist at an addiction treatment clinic at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, assistant professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. We discuss (and embody) how to go about appreciating in therapy.

    contact info for Yash: yashnpbhambhani@gmail.com


    my contact info: marcel@marceltassara.com

    1h 3m | Jul 25, 2021
  • #28 Luisa Canon

    So happy to bring you Luisa Canon, PsyD, BCBA-D. We discuss her functional approach to therapy, the embodiment of the CBS approach, and learning to trust yourself as a clinician.

    She is available for consultation:


    I am also available for consultation, both individual and group: marcel@marceltassara.com

    1h 0m | Jul 1, 2021
  • #27 Steve Hayes- Part II

    Part II with Steve Hayes, PhD. We dive into thinking and conceptualizing functionally, psychological flexibility and health, the importance of history, and we get into a therapy demo around people pleasing.

    Steve's website: https://stevenchayes.com/

    my contact if interested in individual/group consultation: marcel@marceltassara.com

    Report of ACBS task force: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212144721000302

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    1h 5m | Jun 3, 2021
  • #26 Steve Hayes- Part I

    The one and only Steve Hayes, PhD joins me to talk about how clinicians can get more precise with ACT by being more grounded in 4 areas: Behavioral principles, RFT, Evolutionary science principles, and Functional Contextualism.

    Steve's website: https://stevenchayes.com/

    please subscribe, like, review

    my contact if interested in individual/group consultation: marcel@marceltassara.com

    53m | May 19, 2021
  • #25 Bartosz Kleszcz

    Excited to bring you Bartosz Kleszcz, a real mover and shaker within ACBS, whose values are on full display with the upcoming LAMIC conference he helped to create. This free 2-day conference features presenters from Low and Middle Income Countries, - May 16 & 23 2021, no registration required (http://uczesieact.pl/cbs-lamic-online-conference/ and https://fb.me/e/R9H2VvEb)

    We discuss the conference, the utility of behavioral principles in helping us connect more with our clients, and how ROE can help clinicians thinking functionally.

    I also am available for individual and/or group consultation, currently am running FAP training groups for therapists as well - marcel@marceltassara.com

    1h 15m | May 10, 2021
  • #24 Siri Ming

    Excited to bring you episode #24 with Siri Ming, BCBA-D. She humbly flexes her PhD in RFT as we discuss RFT concepts underpinning psychological flexibility. We also discuss her upcoming upcoming book on RFT for BCBAs. 

    Her website: 




    If interested in a training/consultation group, email me at:


    40m | Apr 26, 2021
  • #23 Jennifer Kemp

    I'm joined by the marvelous Jennifer Kemp to discuss all things perfectionism. We discuss function over form, the utility of spotting the thread of perfectionism that sometimes connects many behaviors, and also get into a real play around these issues. We also discuss her soon to be published ACT workbook for perfectionism. I'll put a link once it is published.

    She is available for consultation: jennifer@preciousminds.com.au

    If interested in a training group and/or consultation w/ me: marcel@marceltassara.com

    Also of note:

    "Impressions" by John Coltrane

    "Satisfied" from the musical Hamilton

    1h 0m | Apr 11, 2021
  • #22 Kirk Strosahl

    So grateful to bring another of the roots of the contextual behavioral psychologies, one of the co-creators of ACT, Kirk Strosahl, PhD. Kirk is gifted with the ability to hit every note, gifting something to new comers to contextualism and dyed in the wool behaviorist in one fell swoop. We chop it up on mentalism, contextualism, and more.

    also available as audio only podcast:https://www.marceltassara.com/actroottofruit

    Kirks info:



    praxis course:


    if interested in a joining a training group email me at marcel@marceltassara.com.

    1h 3m | Mar 30, 2021
  • #21 Matthew Skinta

    So grateful to bring you the powerhouse that is Dr. Matthew Skinta. He has a gift for making the functional lexicon less aversive. We chat it up re: tips to think functionally, tacting, and swim in a therapy demonstration.

    He is available for consultation:


    If interested in a FAP consultation group email me at: Marcel@marceltassara.com

    1h 9m | Mar 17, 2021
  • #20 Linda Hayes

    I'm joined by a TAPROOT of ACT and the contextual behavioral sciences, Dr. Linda Hayes. Her work and attention to the philosophy of science and behaviorism was a keystone in the archway of ACT. We sit down to discuss rule governance, Skinner and RFT, and problems with mentalistic thinking and causality.

    48m | Mar 5, 2021
  • #19 Jacob Martinez

    I'm joined by my friend and Matrix Ninja Jacob Martinez. We explore how this geo-spatial tool can be added to your ACT stable house to help you and the client think functionally. Jacob is available for consultation and just started a weekly project to offer free training around the ACT Matrix.

    Here are his websites:




    If interested in a training group email me at marcel@marceltassara.com

    1h 8m | Feb 22, 2021
  • #18 Luc Vandenberghe

    I'm joined by Luc Vandenberghe. Luc has been working with contextual psychologies since the 80s, and is a master assessor of function. He is a professor Pontific University of Goias, and has published extensively on FAP Groups.

    if you are interested in joining our online/virtual FAP training group (will meet Thursdays @3:30pm EST USA) email me: marcel@marceltassara.com

    The training group is designed for therapists interested in learning and experiencing FAP. This intellectually and emotionally stimulating arena is an ideal place for therapists to see FAP in action. Group meets weekly and blends interpersonal with didactic focus. We ask for a 3 month commitment, cost is $50 per week.

    Here is a sample of Luc's articles:


    40m | Feb 8, 2021
  • #17 Hank Robb

    I'm joined by ACBS Fellow and Texas wordsmith, Hank Robb, PhD. We take a stroll through the forest of functionalism (how to start to think functionally), how thoughts differ from beliefs, and Hanks approach to seriousness.

    Hank is available for consultation: robbhb@pacificu.edu

    Available as video podcast as well:https://www.marceltassara.com/actroottofruit

    1h 32m | Jan 30, 2021
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