Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Eating Disorders: A Process-Focused Guide to Treating Anorexia and Bulimia

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A Process-Focused Guide to Treating Eating Disorders with ACT

At some point in clinical practice, most therapists will encounter a client suffering with an eating disorder, but many are uncertain of how to treat these issues. Because eating disorders are rooted in secrecy and reinforced by our culture's dangerous obsession with thinness, sufferers are likely to experience significant health complications before they receive the help they need. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ...

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Overview

A Process-Focused Guide to Treating Eating Disorders with ACT

At some point in clinical practice, most therapists will encounter a client suffering with an eating disorder, but many are uncertain of how to treat these issues. Because eating disorders are rooted in secrecy and reinforced by our culture's dangerous obsession with thinness, sufferers are likely to experience significant health complications before they receive the help they need. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Eating Disorders presents a thorough conceptual foundation along with a complete protocol therapists can use to target the rigidity and perfectionism at the core of most eating disorders. Using this protocol, therapists can help clients overcome anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and other types of disordered eating.

This professional guide offers a review of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) as a theoretical orientation and presents case conceptualizations that illuminate the ACT process. Then, it provides session-by-session guidance for training and tracking present-moment focus, cognitive defusion, experiential acceptance, transcendent self-awareness, chosen values, and committed action-the six behavioral components that underlie ACT and allow clients to radically change their relationship to food and to their bodies. Both clinicians who already use ACT in their practices and those who have no prior familiarity with this revolutionary approach will find this resource essential to the effective assessment and treatment of all types of eating disorders.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572247338
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 2/3/2011
  • Series: Professional Series
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 701,164
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Emily K. Sandoz, PhD, is assistant professor of psychology at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LA. She is a therapist who specializes in treating clients using acceptance and commitment therapy. Sandoz is coauthor of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Eating Disorders and Mindfulness and Acceptance for Bulimia. She received her doctorate from the University of Mississippi, and she lives and works in Lafayette, LA.

Kelly G. Wilson, PhD, is professor of psychology at the University of Mississippi. He is a central figure in ACT, and was one of the authors of the landmark Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Wilson is among the most sought-after ACT trainers. His popular experiential workshops touch thousands of clinicians and students each year. Find out more at www.onelifellc.com.

Troy DuFrene is a writer in the San Francisco Bay Area who specializes in psychology. He is coauthor of Coping with OCD; Mindfulness for Two; Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Eating Disorders; and Mindfulness and Acceptance for Bulimia.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

A Letter from the Series Editor xi

Preface xiii

Introduction: New Perspectives on the Treatment of Disordered Eating 1

Part 1 Foundations of ACT

Chapter 1 What is ACT? 7

Chapter 2 What are Eating Disorders? 27

Chapter 3 Where Do Eating Disorders Come from and How Do They Work? 39

Chapter 4 The Goals and Targets of ACT for Eating Disorders 55

Part 2 Delving into ACT

Chapter 5 Training Present-Moment Focus 65

Chapter 6 Training Cognitive Defusion 85

Chapter 7 Training Experiential Acceptance 95

Chapter 8 Training Transcendent Self-Awareness 107

Chapter 9 Training Valued Living 117

Chapter 10 Training Committed Action 131

Chapter 11 Measuring and Making Change 145

Part 3 Sample Protocol (What This Work Might Look Like)

Chapter 12 Phase 1: Choosing Direction 155

Chapter 13 Phase 2: Building Flexibility in the Therapy Session 189

Chapter 14 Phase 3: Bringing Flexibility to Bear in Daily Life 207

Conclusion: What Now? Integration and Reconceptualization 221

Appendix A Body Image-Acceptance and Action Questionnaire (BI-AAQ) 227

Appendix B Process Notes 229

Appendix C Template for Assessment Plan 249

Appendix D Template for Self-Monitoring Food Diary 251

Appendix E Blank Hexaflex 255

Appendix F Hexaflex Functional Diagnostic Experiential Interview (HFDEI) 257

Appendix G Example Narrative Conceptualization 275

Resources 277

References 279

Index 283

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