David C. Brillhart, PsyD is a licensed psychologist specializing in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and holds certifications in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Brainspotting (BSP) therapies. His success using ACT in conjunction with EMDR and BSP, has provided emotional and physical healing of chronic pain, trauma, and anger, with a wide range of individuals, couples, and groups in diverse clinical settings.
Dr. Brillhart has considerable forensic/correctional clinical experience using ACT with high-risk, special needs, and serious persistent mental illness offenders in maximum-security settings. His research in this area was presented at several national and international conferences; he is also internationally recognized for his expertise and workshop training on ACT. In 2017, Dr. Brillhart authored a book chapter on ACT in Individual Psychological Therapies in Forensic Settings (Davies & Nagi, Eds., 2017). And in 2018, his full-day training, Mad as Hell: Gaining Control of Life Over Anger with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) was filmed and is available for DVD-distribution through PESI.
Working primarily with chronic emotional and physical pain, Dr. Brillhart discovered a powerful new therapeutic approach to chronic pain by combining Brainspotting together with ACT. This combination is likened to using Brainspotting to loosen the hardened “clay” of trauma and physical pain; and employing ACT to sow the seeds of values-guided living when the hardened “clay” of physical pain and trauma is loosened. Brain-&-ACT (pronounced "Brain-E-ACT") was formally presented in June 2020, during a three-hour webinar training for MBI members.
Working with difficult-to-treat forensic and correctional offenders, and non-forensic clients with chronic trauma, emotional, and physical pain, has afforded Dr. Brillhart the opportunity to hone his ACT, EMDR, BSP, and now, Brain-&-ACT therapeutic skills. Dr. Brillhart earned his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology with Forensic Specialization from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.