ACT Made Simple: An Easy-to-read Primer on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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New Harbinger Publications, 2009 - Psychology - 265 pages
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Why is it so hard to be happy? Why is life so difficult? Why do humans suffer so much? And what can we realistically do about it? No matter how rewarding your job, as a mental health professional, you may sometimes feel helpless in the face of these questions. You are also well-aware of the challenges and frustrations that can present during therapy.

If you are looking for ways to optimize your client sessions, consider joining 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 that focuses on mindfulness, client values, and a commitment to change. 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, 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; and practical tips to overcome 'therapy roadblocks.'

This book aims to take the complex theory and practice of ACT and make it accessible and enjoyable for both you, the therapist, and your clients.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
chapter
7
CHAPTER 2
18
CHAPTER 3
33
CHAPTER 5
50
CHAPTER 6
81
Watch Your Thinking
97
chapter 8
134
chapter 9
156
chapter 10
173
chapter 11
189
chapter 12
208
chapter 13
225
The Therapists Journey
239
Index
257
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About the author (2009)

Russ Harris, MD, 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.

Foreword writer Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D., is University of Nevada Foundation Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is the author of dozens of books and scientific articles, including the successful ACT workbook Get Out of Your Mind and into Your Life.

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