Getting Unstuck in ACT

A Clinician's Guide to Overcoming Common Obstacles in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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  • 1608828069
  • 9781608828050
  • 9781608828067
  • 9781608828074

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a powerful, evidence-based treatment for clients struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, and a host of other mental health conditions. It is based in the belief that the road to lasting happiness and well-being begins with accepting our thoughts, rather than trying to change them. However, ACT can present certain roadblocks during treatment. As a mental health professional, you may adopt basic principles of ACT easily, but it generally takes at least two or three years of hard work and ongoing study to become truly fluid in the model. During that time, you will probably find yourself "stuck" at some point, and so will your clients.

In Getting Unstuck in ACT, psychotherapist and bestselling author of ACT Made Simple, Russ Harris, provides solutions for overcoming the most common roadblocks in ACT. In the book, you will learn how to deal with reluctant or unmotivated clients, as well as how to get past certain theoretical aspects of ACT that some clients may find confusing. This book will help clients deal with sticky dilemmas and unsolvable problems, and will help simplify key ACT concepts to help you break down psychological barriers.

Other common problems with ACT that the book addresses are inconsistencies and sending mixed messages, talking and explaining ACT instead of doing it, being too eager to treat a client, being a "Mr. Nice Guy or Ms. Nice Girl," or putting too much focus on one process while neglecting others. The chapters of the book are based in real life scenarios that take place between therapist and client, and the author provides feedback by analyzing mistakes in what was said and where improvements could be made.

As more and more mental health professionals incorporate ACT into their practice, it is increasingly necessary to have a guide that offers them effective solutions to common ACT roadblocks. For that reason, this book is a must-have for any ACT therapist.

  • New Harbinger Publications; July 2013
  • ISBN: 9781608828067
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure ePub format
  • Title: Getting Unstuck in ACT
  • Author: Russ Harris
  • Imprint: New Harbinger Publications
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1608828069
  • 9781608828050
  • 9781608828067
  • 9781608828074

In The Press

“Russ Harris has a well-deserved, worldwide reputation for creating clarity where there is confusion, and simplicity where there is unnecessary complexity. When we are 'stuck' in clinical work, reducing confusion and complexity helps us see a pathway forward. There is wisdom on almost every page of this book. I learned a lot reading it and if you do ACT work, you will too. Highly recommended.”
—Steven C. Hayes, PhD, cofounder of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1608828069
  • 9781608828050
  • 9781608828067
  • 9781608828074