Trainer - Darrah Westrup, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with an established reputation for her work as a therapist, program director, trainer, researcher and consultant to practitioners at various firms and organizations. She is a recognized authority on the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and other trauma-related problems, and has conducted numerous presentations and trainings on this topic at international, national and local conferences, seminars, and workshops. She has a great deal of experience in training others to implement ACT, as well as teaching such topics such as how to work with female veterans, PTSD, military sexual trauma, personality disorders, and Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans.
Darrah served for eight years as Program Director of the Women’s Mental Health Center at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, and as Co-Director of the Women’s Trauma Recovery Program, a national residential treatment program for women veterans with military-related PTSD. She was instrumental in introducing both ACT (2001) and CPT (2004) to this program – the first time (along with the men’s trauma program in Menlo Park) these treatments had been used in a residential PTSD treatment setting.
Since 2008 she has been serving as an ACT consultant for the VA-Wide Evidence-Based Treatment Rollout, training other providers who are learning to implement ACT as a treatment for depression. To date, Darrah has assessed and provided feedback on over 480 ACT therapy sessions, providing her with a wealth of useful information on the challenges even seasoned providers encounter as they learn this therapeutic approach.
Along with participating in applied ACT research, Darrah has co-authored two books on ACT; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for the Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Trauma-Related Problems (New Harbinger, 2007) and The Mindful Couple: How Acceptance and Mindfulness can Lead You to the Love You Want (New Harbinger, 2009). Despite her many professional interests her heart lies with her clinical work – she has been providing individual, couples, and group therapy for over 15 years.