Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Approach to Behavior Change / Edition 1

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Approach to Behavior Change / Edition 1

by Steven C. Hayes
     
 

ISBN-10: 1572309555

ISBN-13: 9781572309555

Pub. Date: 07/29/2003

Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.

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…  See more details below

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572309555
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
07/29/2003
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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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