Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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Overview

Most therapists and clients believe that a more vital life can be attained by overcoming negative thoughts and feelings. Yet despite efforts to achieve this goal, many individuals continue to suffer with behavior disorders, adjustment difficulties, and low life satisfaction. This volume presents a unique psychotherapeutic approach that addresses the problem of psychological suffering by altering the very ground on which rational change strategies rest. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) focuses in particular on the ways clients understand and perpetuate their difficulties through language. Providing a comprehensive overview of the approach and detailed guidelines for practice, this book shows how interventions based on metaphor, paradox, and experiential exercises can enable clients to break free of language traps, overcome common behavioral problems, and enhance general life satisfaction.

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Presents a unique psychotherapeutic approach that addresses the problems of psychological suffering by altering the very ground on which rational change strategies rests. Focuses on how clients understand and perpetuate their difficulties through language, and shows how interventions based on metaphor, paradox, and experiential exercise can enable clients to break free of language traps, overcome common behavioral problems, and enhance general life satisfaction. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"A significant and novel contribution....This book presents an innovative approach to helping clients accept their thoughts and feelings and overcome experiential avoidance. The authors delineate a solid clinical rationale and provide clear guidelines for ACT implementation. A real strength of this book is the chapters on each stage of treatment, which detail a wealth of strategies and interventions and include excellent exercises, therapist-client dialogues, and pointers for practice." --Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD, York University, Canada

"This book offers the clinician a theoretical, philosophical, and practical guide to a new and potentially powerful model of psychotherapy. Focusing on the context and process of change, Hayes sets out a clear plan to help those clients who, as he puts it, feel unable to find their way out of life's ongoing traps. His blueprint for change encourages a strategic and technical eclecticism and the building of a strong working alliance. The pragmatic and reasonable approach described in this book will be of great interest to therapists from any disciplinary background. It will also serve as an excellent text in graduate-level counseling and psychotherapy courses." --Arthur Freeman, EdD, ABPP, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

"This book offers the clinician a theoretical, philosophical, and practical guide to a new and potentially powerful model of psychotherapy. Focusing on the context and process of change, Hayes sets out a clear plan to help those clients who, as he puts it, feel unable to find their way out of life's ongoing traps. His blueprint for change encourages a strategic and technical eclecticism and the building of a strong working alliance. The pragmatic and reasonable approach described in this book will be of great interest to therapists from any disciplinary background. It will also serve as an excellent text in graduate-level counseling and psychotherapy courses." --Arthur Freeman, EdD, ABPP, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

"Once in a while, there is a unique contribution to psychotherapy. Even more rare is the grounding of that contribution in sound philosophy, on the one hand, and firm data, on the other. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy represents such an effort. In a truly creative leap forward, Hayes and his colleagues present a new approach to behavior change that is 'must' reading for everyone in the field of psychotherapy or behavior therapy, as well as students entering the profession. Challenging the assumptions and methods of cognitive therapy, this is among the most significant new approaches to behavior change of the past three decades." --David H. Barlow, PhD, Director, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433811531
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 243,162
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Nevada Foundation Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of 15 books and more than 250 scientific articles, his interests cover basic research, applied research, methodology, and philosophy of science.

Kirk D. Strosahl, PhD, is Research and Training Director for the Mountainview Consulting Group, where he provides consultation and training on integrative primary care medicine, outcomes management in applied delivery systems, clinical management of the suicidal patient, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Kelly G. Wilson, PhD, is Associate Director of the Center for Contextual Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has directed a National Institute on Drug Abuse grant since 1993, examining both Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and 12-Step facilitation treatment of substance abuse.

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I. The Problem and the Approach
1. The Dilemma of Human Suffering
2. The Philosophical and Theoretical Foundation of ACT
3. The ACT Model of Psychopathology and Human Suffering
II. Clinical Methods
4. Creative Hopelessness: Challenging the Normal Change Agenda
5. Control Is the Problem, Not the Solution
6. Building Acceptance by Defusing Language
7. Discovering Self, Defusing Self
8. Valuing
9. Willingness and Commitment: Putting ACT into Action
III. Using ACT
10. The Effective ACT Therapeutic Relationship
11. ACT in Context
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Table of Contents

Pt. I The Problem and the Approach 1
1 The Dilemma of Human Suffering 3
2 The Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of ACT 13
3 The ACT Model of Psychopathology and Human Suffering 49
Pt. II Clinical Methods 81
4 Creative Hopelessness: Challenging the Normal Change Agenda 87
5 Control Is the Problem, Not the Solution 115
6 Building Acceptance by Defusing Language 148
7 Discovering Self, Defusing Self 180
8 Valuing 204
9 Willingness and Commitment: Putting ACT into Action 235
Pt. III Using ACT 265
10 The Effective ACT Therapeutic Relationship 267
11 ACT in Context 281
References 289
Index 298
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