Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Approach to Behavior Change
Guilford Publications, Jul 29, 2003 - Medical - 304 pages
"The prevailing view among therapists as well as clients is 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. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a unique psychotherapeutic approach that addresses this issue by altering the very ground on which rational change strategies rest. Within a coherent theoretical and philosophical framework, ACT illuminates the ways clients understand and perpetuate their difficulties through language. The book shows how interventions based on metaphor, paradox, and experiential exercises can enable clients to break free of language traps and make contact with thoughts, feelings, memories, and physical sensations that have been feared and avoided. Detailed guidelines are presented for helping clients recontextualize and accept these private events, develop greater clarity about personal values, and commit to needed behavior change. Providing in one volume a scientifically sound theory of psychopathology and a practical treatment model, and illustrated by a wealth of clinical examples, this is an important resource for practitioners and students in the full range of behavioral health care fields."--Publisher description.
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What a pity there are no reviews written about this book. The more people who understand ACT the better. It is time this was more widely spread. Give it a go...... there are many many books on the therapy, but rather than just reading it........ do it. And advise and help others to do the same. Every single one of us deserves happiness, contentment and satisfaction. We are all worthy of it and all we have to do "Ask and It Is Given". Check out www.abraham-hicks.com
excellent overview on a promising intervention in the need of further study