Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

by Steven C. Hayes
     
 

ISBN-10: 1609189620

ISBN-13: 2901609189623

Pub. Date: 10/28/2011

Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.

The prevailing view among both therapists and clients is that a more vital life can be attained by overcoming negative thoughts and feelings. Then why do so many people continue to suffer with behavior disorders, adjustment difficulties, and low life satisfaction? Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a unique psychotherapeutic approach that addresses this…  See more details below

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The prevailing view among both therapists and clients is that a more vital life can be attained by overcoming negative thoughts and feelings. Then why do so many people continue to suffer with behavior disorders, adjustment difficulties, and low life satisfaction? Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a unique psychotherapeutic approach that addresses this question by altering the very ground on which rational change strategies rest. Within a coherent theoretical and philosophical framework, ACT illuminates the ways that language entangles clients into futile attempts to wage war against their own inner lives. The authors show how interventions based on metaphor, paradox, and experiential exercises can help clients make contact with thoughts, feelings, memories, and physical sensations that have been feared and avoided. Clients learn to recontextualize and accept these private events, develop greater clarity about personal values, and commit to needed behavior change. Providing in one volume a scientifically sound theory of psychopathology and a practical treatment model, the book features detailed clinical guidelines as well as numerous case examples demonstrating the approach in action.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901609189623
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2011
Edition description:
NE

Table of Contents

Pt. IThe Problem and the Approach1
1The Dilemma of Human Suffering3
2The Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of ACT13
3The ACT Model of Psychopathology and Human Suffering49
Pt. IIClinical Methods81
4Creative Hopelessness: Challenging the Normal Change Agenda87
5Control Is the Problem, Not the Solution115
6Building Acceptance by Defusing Language148
7Discovering Self, Defusing Self180
8Valuing204
9Willingness and Commitment: Putting ACT into Action235
Pt. IIIUsing ACT265
10The Effective ACT Therapeutic Relationship267
11ACT in Context281
References289
Index298

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