It’s not about resisting your emotions; it’s about feeling them completely and yet not turning your choices over to them. As you work through this book, assess your values, you’ll learn to let go of your struggle against pain, and then commit to acting in ways that further those values. Act is not about fighting your pain; it’s about developing a willingness to embrace every experience life has to offer.
If you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, or problem anger, this book can help—clinical trials suggest that ACT is very effective for a whole range of psychological problems. What if pain were a normal, unavoidable part of the human condition, but avoiding or trying to control painful experience were the cause of suffering and long-term problems that can devastate your quality of life? The ACT process hinges on this distinction between pain and suffering.
Acceptance and commitment therapy ACT is a new, scientifically based psychotherapy that takes a fresh look at why we suffer and even what it means to be mentally healthy.
The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACTBy clarifying your values and developing mindfulness a technique for living fully in the present moment, ACT helps you escape the happiness trap and find true satisfaction in life. The techniques presented in the happiness trap will help readers to: • reduce stress and worry • Handle painful feelings and thoughts more effectively • Break self-defeating habits • Overcome insecurity and self-doubt • Create a rich, full, and meaningful life.
Are you, driving the epidemics of stress, like milllions of Americans, caught in the happiness trap? Russ Harris explains that the way most of us go about trying to find happiness ends up making us miserable, anxiety, and depression. This empowering book presents the insights and techniques of ACT Acceptance and Commitment Therapy a revolutionary new psychotherapy based on cutting-edge research in behavioral psychology.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Second Edition: The Process and Practice of Mindful ChangeNew to this edition *reflects tremendous advances in ACT clinical applications, theory building, and research. The authors describe effective, acceptance, self-awareness, innovative ways to cultivate psychological flexibility by detecting and targeting six key processes: defusion, values, attention to the present moment, and committed action.
Restructured to be more clinician friendly and accessible; focuses on the moment-by-moment process of therapy. Expanded coverage of mindfulness, the therapeutic relationship, relational learning, and case formulation. Psychological flexibility is now the central organizing focus. Sample therapeutic exercises and patient-therapist dialogues are integrated throughout.
Since the original publication of this seminal work, acceptance and commitment therapy ACT has come into its own as a widely practiced approach to helping people change. Act is based on the idea that psychological rigidity is a root cause of a wide range of clinical problems. This book provides the definitive statement of ACT--from conceptual and empirical foundations to clinical techniques--written by its originators.
The Big Book of ACT Metaphors: A Practitioner's Guide to Experiential Exercises and Metaphors in Acceptance and Commitment TherapyHowever, no one resource exists where you can find an exhaustive list of metaphors and experiential exercises geared toward the six core elements of ACT. Whether you are treating a client with anxiety, or an eating disorder, trauma, depression, this book will provide you with the skills needed to improve lives, one exercise at a time.
With a special foreword by ACT cofounder Steven C. The book also includes scripts tailored to different client populations, and special metaphors and exercises that address unique problems that may sometimes arise in your therapy sessions. Several act texts and workbooks have been published for the treatment of a variety of psychological problems.
Unfortunately, many of the metaphors that clinicians use have become stale and ineffective. That’s why you need fresh, new resources for your professional library. In this breakthrough book, two act researchers provide an essential A-Z resource guide that includes tons of new metaphors and experiential exercises to help promote client acceptance, defusion from troubling thoughts, and values-based action.
Hayes, phd, this book is a must-have for any ACT Practitioner. These powerful tools go far in helping clients connect with their values and give them the motivation needed to make a real, conscious commitment to change. Metaphors and exercises play an incredibly important part in the successful delivery of acceptance and commitment therapy ACT.
ACT Made Simple: An Easy-To-Read Primer on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy The New Harbinger Made Simple SeriesWhy 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. 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. Act is not just a proven effective treatment for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, stress, client values, borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia, and myriad other psychological issues that focuses on mindfulness, addictions, and a commitment to change.
This book gives you everything you need to start using ACT with your clients for impressive results. Inside, you'll find: scripts, metaphors, exercises, 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. 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.
Learning ACT: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Skills Training Manual for TherapistsThis second edition of the pioneering ACT skills-training manual for clinicians provides a comprehensive update—essential for both experienced practitioners and those new to using ACT and its applications. Act is a proven-effective treatment for numerous mental health issues, schizophrenia, eating disorders, stress, borderline personality disorder, addictions, including depression, anxiety, and more.
Acceptance and commitment therapy ACT is among the most remarkable developments in contemporary psychotherapy. You’ll also find up-to-the-minute information on process coaching, an increased focus on functional analysis, new experiential exercises, and downloadable extras that include role-played examples of the core ACT processes in action.
. By practicing the exercises in this workbook, you’ll learn how this powerful modality can improve clients’ psychological flexibility and help them to live better lives. Whether you’re a clinician looking for in-depth training and better treatment outcomes for individual clients, or anyone interested in contextual behavioral science, a student seeking a better understanding of this powerful modality, this second edition provides a comprehensive revision to an important ACT resource.
With important revisions based on new developments in contextual behavioral science, as well as material on traditional, Learning ACT, Second Edition includes up-to-date exercises and references, evidence-based behavioral techniques for use within the ACT framework. In this fully revised and updated edition of learning act, you’ll find workbook-format exercises to help you understand and take advantage of ACT’s unique six process model—both as a tool for diagnosis and case conceptualization, and as a basis for structuring treatments for clients.
The Confidence Gap: A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Self-DoubtRuss harris offers a surprising solution to low self-confidence, and insecurity: Rather than trying to "get over" our fears, shyness, he says, the secret is to form a new and wiser relationship with them. Paradoxically, it's only when we stop struggling against our fearfulness that we begin to find lasting freedom from it.
Too many of us miss out on opportunities in life because we lack self-confidence. Whether it's public speaking, taking on a leadership role, or asking someone for a date, there are situations in which we just don't feel equipped to handle the challenges we face. Drawing on the techniques of acceptance and commitment therapy act, a cutting-edge form of cognitive-behavioral therapy, the confidence Gap explains how to: • Free yourself from common misconceptions about what confidence is and how to build it • Transform your relationship with fear and anxiety • Clarify your core values and use them as your inspiration and motivation • Use mindfulness to effectively handle negative thoughts and feelings.
The Reality Slap: Finding Peace and Fulfillment When Life HurtsHowever, in spite of all this, you can still lead a rich and rewarding life. In these pages, if you only put your mind to it, even when you can’t get what you want •heal your wounds and emerge stronger than beforeUnlike some self-help books that claim you can have everything you ever wanted in life, you will learn how to:•Find peace in the midst of your pain•Rediscover calm in the midst of chaos•Turn difficult emotions into wisdom and compassion •Find fulfillment, this book claims that you can't have everything in life.
Let this book be your guide. The “reality slap” takes many different forms. Envy, failure, disappointment, loneliness, resentment, and rejection can sting just as much. But whatever form your reality slap takes, one thing’s for sure—it hurts! And most of us don’t deal with the pain very well. The reality slap offers a four-part path for healing from crises based on acceptance and commitment therapy.
Sometimes, a freak accident, it’s more like a punch: the death of a loved one, a divorce, the loss of a job, a serious illness, or a shocking betrayal. Sometimes it’s a little gentler. The hard truth of this world is that we are all going to experience disappointment, frustration, injury, failure, aging, rejection, loss, illness, and death at some point.
The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety: A Guide to Breaking Free from Anxiety, Phobias, and Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment TherapyH. Recent studies support for the effectiveness of ACT-based self-help workbooks as a low-cost treatment for people experiencing anxiety. R. Boswell, J. Eifert, G. You’ll also discover ways to nurture your capacity for acceptance, kindness, and compassion, mindfulness, and use these qualities to weaken the power of anxiety and fear so that you can gain the space do what truly matters to you.
This workbook will help you get started on this new journey today! Now in its second edition, fears, The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety offers a new approach to your anxiety, and your life. Within its pages, trauma, you’ll find a powerful and tested set of tools and strategies to help you gain freedom from fear, worry, and all the many manifestations of anxiety and fear.
Your life is calling on you to make that choice, and the skills in this workbook can help you make it happen. You’ll learn how your mind can trap you, keeping you stuck and struggling in anxiety and fear. But there is a way forward, a path into genuine happiness, and a way back into living the kind of life you so desperately want.
Nobody chooses anxiety. And there is no healthy way to “turn off” anxious thoughts and feelings like a light switch. . This book will show you the way.
The Illustrated Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start LivingAcceptance and commitment therapy ACT is a simple, self-administered therapy that uses mindfulness to enable you to do just that. With act you’ll learn to: • reduce stress and worry • handle painful feelings and thoughts more effectively • Break self-defeating habits • Overcome insecurity and self-doubt • Recognize and treasure the whole range of emotions that make up a satisfying life.
There’s this idea going around that we’re always supposed to be happy—and it’s making us miserable. The good news is, if you can learn to let go of that impossible expectation, your life will be a whole lot happier. This fun, illustrated guide to the method that’s made life better for millions is the easiest way yet to learn how to escape the happiness trap and start living a life that’s more rewarding, more meaningful—and happier.
ACT with Love: Stop Struggling, Reconcile Differences, and Strengthen Your Relationship with Acceptance and CommitmBut that doesn't mean you can't have a joyful and romantic relationship. Through a simple program based on the revolutionary new mindfulness-based acceptance and commitment therapy ACT, you can learn to handle painful thoughts and feelings more effectively and engage fully in the process of living and loving together.
With your partner or alone, open up, and live fully in the present•use mindfulness to increase intimacy, ACT with Love will teach you how to:•Let go of conflict, connection, and understanding•Resolve painful conflicts and reconcile long-standing differences•Act on your values to build a rich and meaningful relationship .
The inconvenient truth is there's no such thing as a perfect partner, all couples fight, and feelings of love come and go like the weather. Popular myths about love set us up for a struggle with real life.