ACT Made Simple: An Easy-To-Read Primer on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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New Harbinger Publications, Nov 1, 2009 - Psychology - 280 pages
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Would you like to be less stressed and more fulfilled at work? Then join the many thousands of therapists and life coaches worldwide who are learning acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). ACT is not just a proven effective treatment for depression, anxiety, stress, addictions, eating disorders, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, and myriad other psychological issues. It's also a revolutionary new way to view the human condition, packed full of exciting new tools, techniques, and strategies for promoting profound behavioral change.

A practical and entertaining primer, ideal for ACT newcomers and experienced ACT professionals alike, ACT Made Simple offers clear explanations of the six ACT processes and a set of real-world tips and solutions for rapidly and effectively implementing them in your practice. This book gives you everything you need to start using ACT with your clients for impressive results.

Inside this book, you'll find:

  • Scripts, exercises, metaphors, and worksheets to use with your clients
  • A session-by-session guide to implementing ACT
  • Transcripts from therapy sessions
  • Guidance for creating your own therapeutic techniques and exercises
  • Practical tips to overcome 'therapy roadblocks'
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    Contents

    Introduction
    1
    Chapter 1
    6
    Chapter 2
    19
    Chapter 3
    33
    Chapter 4
    40
    Chapter 5
    50
    Chapter 6
    81
    Chapter 7
    97
    Chapter 10
    173
    Chapter 11
    189
    Chapter 12
    208
    Chapter 13
    225
    Chapter 14
    233
    Chapter 15
    239
    Appendix 1
    245
    Appendix 2
    247

    Chapter 8
    134
    Chapter 9
    156

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    About the author (2009)

    Russ Harris, is an internationally acclaimed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer and author of the popular ACT-based self-help book, The Happiness Trap, now published in over fifteen languages and twenty countries. He is widely renowned for his ability to train therapists in ACT in a way that is clear, accessible, and fun.

    Afterword writer Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is University of Nevada Foundation Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno, and author of numerous books, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Relational Frame Theory, and Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life, as well as hundred of articles and book chapters on related subjects.

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