Hey there! I'm Tina. I'm obsessed with Psychological Flexibility and I promote it every day, in many places. Together, we'll build confidence through the chaos of life with creative problem solving and make peace with the post it notes to be productive while staying present.
I'm an educator and lifelong learner with a background in human behavior, instructional design, developmental disabilities, and crisis management.
My first teaching gig was at a tutoring center, before I was even old enough to drive (I walked, in my khakis and polo that was embroidered with, "SCORE!"). I had always dreamed of being a teacher and avidly pursued the field through my bachelor's degree, master's degree, and 54 credits of a PhD (I'm one of those ABD-ers, but I don't think I'm supposed to use that term). In my early career I worked as an applied behavior analyst in schools and home settings, designing and delivering instruction to increase language and independence for individuals with developmental disabilities.
I've since pivoted to being a full time Psychological Flexibility Trainer and Coach with a couple podcasts, a few books, and a community of like minded folks that I'm grateful to hang out with.
I also have 2 children and a husband who are my Psychological Flexibility guinea pigs (or maybe I'm theirs??). They keep my creativity flowing and test my confidence each day. Maybe you have some important people who do the same for you? I hope to hear about them one day.
Cheers to Psychological Flexibility (and all the stuff that comes with it).
I started using The ACT Matrix in early 2020, when the world shut down. It provided a visual process for my telehealth work as a Therapeutic Consultant for Behavior, and transformed my work, life, and career. I could see that The ACT Matrix set up a visual process that could be accessed by all ages, across populations and environments. I showed it to my 3 year old and every age above that!
As an instructional designer, I've always enjoyed creating materials to increase access to instruction for all of my clients. I'm also a sucker for logos, mascots, and alliteration. I started playing around with characters (I think the first one was the contextual chameleon, along with the judging jackal). I asked a coworker to draw up some animals and collected quite a few. Once we'd accumulated a substantial number of doodles, I asked my podcast producer (and brother), Jesse, if he could create a coloring book.
What he did (including asking his father in law, Michael Daley, to write poems for each character) completely blew me away. I literally cried when he shared it one night over a video call. The animated people, the poems, the explanations, the matrix diagram....it was remarkable.
I hope it brings you satisfaction in the same way it does for me, and I can't wait to see what else we come up with!