Mindfulness- and Acceptance-Based Behavioral Therapies in Practiceby Lizabeth Roemer, Susan M. Orsillo
Accessible and practical, this book provides a unified framework for integrating acceptance and mindfulness into cognitive-behavioral practice. The authors interweave elements of acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, mindfulness-based relapse prevention, and dialectical behavior therapy. They demonstrate how to conduct an… See more details below
Accessible and practical, this book provides a unified framework for integrating acceptance and mindfulness into cognitive-behavioral practice. The authors interweave elements of acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, mindfulness-based relapse prevention, and dialectical behavior therapy. They demonstrate how to conduct an assessment, develop a case formulation, and derive a flexible treatment plan for each patient. Vivid case examples and transcripts illustrate the entire process of therapy, showing how treatment can be tailored for different presenting problems and concerns. More than two dozen reproducible handouts and forms are included.
"This outstanding book describes the most up-to-date conceptualizations of mindfulness- and acceptance-based procedures, which are components of most, if not all, successful therapies. The authors present a modular approach for integrating these empirically supported techniques into the treatment of patients with diverse problems. This is the shape of things to comea book that should be read by every clinician and clinical trainee who wants to stay abreast of advances in psychological treatments."David H. Barlow, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Boston University, and Founder and Director Emeritus, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders
"This timely and important volume offers an insider’s view of what is essential and unique about mindfulness- and acceptance-based treatments. The authors show how core mechanisms of therapeutic change, derived from clinical science, can be flexibly applied in therapy that is client centered, compassionate, and emotionally connected. They provide a nuanced understanding of complex theoretical issues and how they bear on actual treatment. This readable book will be welcomed by seasoned clinicians for its conceptual clarity and wealth of clinical exercises, and by beginning therapists as a trustworthy guide to acceptance-based behavioral treatment."Christopher K. Germer, PhD, private practice, Cambridge, Massachusetts
"With the growing interest in mindfulness- and acceptance-based behavioral therapies, many practitioners and students are seeking a practical book like this one to fill a gap in their training. The volume offers a detailed, step-by-step explanation of each phase of assessment, case conceptualization, and treatment. I highly recommend this excellent, well-written, theoretically informed guide."Gabriele Melli, PhD, President, Institute of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology and Psychotherapy of Florence, Italy
"Roemer and Orsillo provide a practical, balanced, and comprehensive review of mindfulness- and acceptance-based treatments for anxiety, depression, and a range of other problems. They also discuss how these strategies can be used in the context of other behavioral approaches. This is an essential book for anyone planning to integrate mindfulness and acceptance-based strategies into his or her clinical practice, from the novice to the seasoned therapist."Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychology, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: With cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) so entrenched in psychotherapists' offices, it's not surprising to see variations of this approach growing in popularity. Mindfulness-based therapies offer a twist to the traditional CBT approach and this book provides a guide to these approaches.
Purpose: The aim of this book is to bring together different mindfulness- and acceptance-based practices within a CBT context and present a practical framework for implementing these therapeutic methods.
Audience: Mental health professionals and paraprofessionals, as well as students learning psychotherapy, are an appropriate audience. The authors are involved in clinical research on the use of these approaches in various disorders.
Features: For readers unfamiliar with acceptance-based therapies, the introductory chapter begins with a review of these approaches, as well as a review of the scientific literature supporting their use. The next few chapters help to revisit tenets of CBT, as well as the unique contribution of an acceptance-based approach. There are practical suggestions throughout the book, such as guidance in assessment, how to introduce acceptance-based approaches, structure of the session, and assignments. Handouts and measures are included, along with a copyright provision for the reproduction of these in professional use. After the discussion of these specific topics, chapters help to bring the pieces together and then to monitor progress and prevent relapse. This is not seen as a solitary approach and there is a chapter regarding the incorporation of other strategies. The book concludes with a reflective chapter on multicultural considerations, always a welcome addition to psychotherapy work. The references are pertinent and current.
Assessment: An appropriately practical book, this latest addition to the psychotherapy literature will be helpful to readers of all levels exploring mindfulness- and acceptance-based therapies. Whereas the book is more structured than The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness, Williams, et al. (Guilford, 2007), it is not quite as engaging and doesn't draw the reader in. The structured versus narrative, exploratory approach will likely be a personal preference for readers, but either book is recommended.
Meet the Author
Lizabeth Roemer, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts/n-/Boston, where she is actively involved in research and clinical training of doctoral students in clinical psychology. In collaboration with her students, her research examines basic processes that may underlie clinical problems, such as the role of emotional acceptance, emotional suppression, emotion regulatory strategies, and mindfulness in a range of clinical presentations. Dr. Roemer has published over 70 journal articles and book chapters, coedited two books, and coauthored two books. Susan M. Orsillo, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. Her current research focuses on the role of emotional response styles, most notably experiential avoidance, in maintaining psychological difficulties. In collaboration with her doctoral students in clinical psychology, she has developed a number of prevention and treatment programs that integrate acceptance and mindfulness with evidence-based behavioral approaches. Dr. Orsillo has published over 70 journal articles and book chapters, coedited two books, and coauthored two books. Together, Drs. Roemer and Orsillo have developed an acceptance-based behavioral therapy for generalized anxiety disorder. They are currently examining its efficacy as well as mediators and moderators of change in a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Their self-help book The Mindful Way through Anxiety draws from their decade of research in this area to provide guidance to people struggling with anxiety.
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