Irish psychologist to conduct workshop to help people 'get unstuck'

  • IF YOU GO

    WHAT: Workshop by Aisling Curtin

    WHEN: 6 - 7:30 p.m. Thursday

    WHERE: Alcorn Auditorium at UHV University West, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St.

    COST: Free and open to the public

Feeling stressed? Lonely? Overwhelmed? Stuck? Irish psychologist Aisling Curtin will conduct a "get unstuck" workshop at the University of Houston-Victoria on Thursday.

"The get unstuck workshop is for anyone who has struggled with unwanted thoughts or emotions, which in my experience is pretty much everyone at some point," said Curtin, who is based in Dublin, Ireland. "This workshop will teach people a few skills to help them 'get out of their mind and into their life.'"

Curtin works for St. Patrick's University Hospital, the largest private mental health care provider in Ireland. She's also the director of ACT Now Ireland, an organization committed to making Acceptance and Commitment Therapy more accessible to both clinicians and the general public.

ACT is a mindfulness-based and values-focused behavioral therapeutic approach.

"Most of us spend our lives in the past or in the future. ACT teaches practical ways to be in the present moment and skills to deal with your thoughts and emotions more effectively," Curtin said. "ACT also emphasizes connecting with what really matters to you. Often, we're so busy in our heads that we are totally disconnected from what it is that truly matters to us."