The Big Book of ACT Metaphors: A Practitioner's Guide to Experiential Exercises and Metaphors in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

The Big Book of ACT Metaphors: A Practitioner's Guide to Experiential Exercises and Metaphors in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy


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Metaphors and exercises play an incredibly important part in the successful delivery of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). These powerful tools go far in helping clients connect with their values and give them the motivation needed to make a real, conscious commitment to change. Unfortunately, many of the metaphors that clinicians use have become stale and ineffective. That’s why you need fresh, new resources for your professional library.

In this breakthrough book, two ACT researchers provide an essential A-Z resource guide that includes tons of new metaphors and experiential exercises to help promote client acceptance, defusion from troubling thoughts, and values-based action. The book also includes scripts tailored to different client populations, and special metaphors and exercises that address unique problems that may sometimes arise in your therapy sessions.

Several ACT texts and workbooks have been published for the treatment of a variety of psychological problems. However, no one resource exists where you can find an exhaustive list of metaphors and experiential exercises geared toward the six core elements of ACT. Whether you are treating a client with anxiety, depression, trauma, or an eating disorder, this book will provide you with the skills needed to improve lives, one exercise at a time.

With a special foreword by ACT cofounder Steven C. Hayes, PhD, this book is a must-have for any ACT Practitioner.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608825295
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 439,844
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Nevada Foundation Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of 34 books and more than 470 scientific articles, he has shown in his research how language and thought leads to human suffering, and has developed acceptance and commitment therapy, a powerful therapy method that is useful in a wide variety of areas. Hayes has been president of several scientific societies and has received several national awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

1 Overview of Act 5

2 Bypassing the Traps of Language With Experiential Practice Matthieu Villatte Jennifer L. Villatte Jean-Louis Monestès 13

3 Acceptance And Willingness Pia S. Heppner 29

4 Cognitive Defusion 63

5 Present-Moment Awareness Sheeva Mostoufi Jessica Gundy Cuneo 85

6 Self-as-Context and Perspective Taking 109

7 Values 127

8 Committed Action 151

9 Bringing it All Together 169

Appendix A Mindfulness Diary Jessica Gundy Cuneo 179

Appendix B Act Thought Record Elizabeth Maher 181

Appendix C Music Mindfulness and Defusion Handout Levin Schwartz 183

Appendix D Values Words Nicole Rensenbrink 185

Appendix E The Heroes Exercise Worksheet Rob Archer 187

Appendix F Writing Your Autobiography Worksheet Mark Stem 189

Appendix G Values and Committed Action Worksheet Jill Stoddard 191

Appendix H The Classroom Professor Graphics and Worksheet Jill Stoddard 193

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