Dr. Julia Nicholls: Finding Strength in Acceptance — Letting Go & Moving Forward | Bouncing Back #41

In this episode, host Joahanna Wickramaratne is joined by Dr. Julia Nicholls, an experienced clinical psychologist and fervent advocate for mental health accessibility.

This episode delves into the essence of acceptance. Dr. Julia Nicholls and host Joahanna Wickramaratne discuss the intricate balance between acknowledging our present reality and actively pursuing positive transformation and development. Tune in to a journey of release, progression, and tapping into one’s innate resilience. 

Meet Dr. Julia Nicholls

Dr. Julia Nicholls is a clinical psychologist specializing in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She is also an author, researcher, and educator in this impactful therapeutic modality. She have an extensive experience in public and private mental health sectors.

Dr. Julia Nicholls also provides therapy, supervision, and tailored training sessions on ACT and various mental health subjects for teams. She champions increased therapy accessibility for individuals with psychosis, actively advocating for this important cause.

About the episode

In this insightful episode of Bouncing Back, Dr. Julia Nicholls defines resilience as bouncing back from life’s adversities to continue functioning and pursuing meaningful goals. Acceptance, on the other hand, is about acknowledging reality without necessarily approving of it. She emphasizes the importance of accepting difficult situations and outlines key skills for practicing acceptance.

Dr. Nicholls advises against rushing yourself and emphasizes the importance of validating emotions. Non-acceptance is persistent, so you need to continually redirect your focus toward acceptance. She also encourages sharing helpful strategies with loved ones while acknowledging the need for professional support if necessary.

She also explores the difficulty of asking for help and overcoming fear, particularly in seeking professional support like therapy. Nevertheless, don’t pressure yourself towards anything, and find your individual approach to acceptance. Also, don’t discount the possibility of negative emotions resurfacing.

Dr. Julia Nicholls delves into the concept of “letting go” and the role of acceptance in maintaining healthy relationships and cultivating resilience. She discusses some practical techniques to cultivate acceptance, highlighting the importance of self-compassion and consistency in the journey.

In conclusion

In this episode, Dr. Julia Nicholls emphasizes the importance of acceptance as a tool for resilience. Acknowledging the past without dwelling on it and embracing challenges and joys are key. Acceptance, although challenging, liberates individuals from past burdens, allowing for a fuller engagement with the present.

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