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Ratings and reviews for ACT Made Simple: An Easy-To-Read Primer on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (The New Harbinger Made Simple Series)

Ratings and reviews for ACT Made Simple: An Easy-To-Read Primer on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (The New Harbinger Made Simple Series)
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Price: $39.95 $27.38 (31% off)
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Author(s): Russ Harris, Dr. Russ Harris, Russ Harris Dr.
Binding: Paperback
Number of Pages: 280
Studio: New Harbinger Publications
Manufacturer: New Harbinger Publications
Dewey Decimal Number: 616.891425
Product Group: Book
Edition: 1
Sales Rank: 9291

Why is it so hard to be happy? Why is life so difficult? Why do humans suffer so much? And what can we realistically do about it? No matter how rewarding your job, as a mental health professional, you may sometimes feel helpless in the face of these questions. You are also well-aware of the challenges and frustrations that can present during therapy.

If you are looking for ways to optimize your client sessions, consider joining the many thousands of therapists and life coaches worldwide who are learning acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). ACT is not just a proven effective treatment for depression, anxiety, stress, addictions, eating disorders, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, and myriad other psychological issues that focuses on mindfulness, client values, and a commitment to change. It's also a revolutionary new way to view the human condition, packed full of exciting new tools, techniques, and strategies for promoting profound behavioral change.

A practical and entertaining primer, ideal for ACT newcomers and experienced ACT professionals alike, ACT Made Simple offers clear explanations of the six ACT processes and a set of real-world tips and solutions for rapidly and effectively implementing them in your practice. This book gives you everything you need to start using ACT with your clients for impressive results. Inside, you'll find: scripts, exercises, metaphors, and worksheets to use with your clients; a session-by-session guide to implementing ACT; transcripts from therapy sessions; guidance for creating your own therapeutic techniques and exercises; and practical tips to overcome 'therapy roadblocks.'

This book aims to take the complex theory and practice of ACT and make it accessible and enjoyable for both you, the therapist, and your clients.

ISBN: 1572247053
UPC: 884713761249

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amazon logo The simplest entry into ACT!
If you are a therapist intrigued by the new Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and want to get a clear straightforward feel for what it's all about, look no further than this book.
Russ Harris explains in layman's language how and why mindfulness, Acceptance and Values underlie the ACT approach and illustrates how you can start applying it in your clinical practice today.
This is ACT made simple and engaging - but not simplistic.
ACT was invented by scientists and eggheads, with an unflinching devotion to getting the conceptual and scientific underpinnings right. This they largely did, but at times at the cost of intelligibility for the lay clinician. Don't get me wrong, I love the rigorous science and elegant theory behind ACT. But it may not be everyone's cup of tea on first contact with the work.
The genius of Russ Harris is to have written a Therapist Manual which, while remaining faithful to the underlying model and seamlessly grounded in theory, makes the approach luminous and common sense, a makes it relevant to your clincal practice. Not a mean feat when one considers the revolutionary approach that acceptance promotes : stop trying to get rid of unwanted feelings and thoughts, concentrate on moving in the direction of your values.
ACT made simple covers all the bases, promotes clinical flexibility and also carefully explores pitfalls and possible snags in applying ACT in your practice.
This is both therapist manual and workbook.
The best introduction to ACT as a clinical tool yet written.
40 of 40 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Simple, helpful & well worth it
As a novice ACT therapist, this book has been amazing to use! it makes what can be quite challenging concepts a whole lot easier, and when I combined it with the DVD from another instructional on ACT, it's made the whole thing come alive. The readability of this book makes it an excellent, 'no-nonsense' approach to learning ACT. If you're at all curious about ACT, I'd go for this one first - you can use more complex texts once you've got through to the heart of the approach, and this book has the 'heart' in bucketloads.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo ACT definetely made simple
I am a licensed clinical psychologist in Boston, MA. Most of my practice is DBT skills groups. I am big fan of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (other "third wave" behavior therapies) but have had a bit less exposure to ACT.

I am always on the alert for good, practical content. This book is lovely. It's easy to integrate and have people do as assignments. It isn't cheesy by any means, in the way that a lot of "practical" CBT books for clients are. I have approached Steve Hayes' work a number of different times, including his workshops, but this book really clarifies essence of ACT interventions in a way that is ogranizing, clear, grounded, and practical. And provides lots of easy and complimentary stuff for DBT skills groups.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo A powerful pick
ACT Made Simple belongs in any psychology library where self-help techniques are strong, offering a new way to view acceptance and commitment therapy techniques. ACT is a proven effective treatment for everything from anxiety and depression to personality disorders and eating disorders, and offers a different way to view the human condition. This book packs in scripts, exercises and worksheets psychologists can use with clients, includes transcripts from therapy sessions, and is an important key to overcoming common therapy roadblocks. A powerful pick.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo The best book to learn or improve ACT skills
Nothing I have used so far in therapy has been as effective as ACT and mindfulness. I am constantly amazed how quickly ACT brings about positive change in people. I know everyone in the helping field is looking for that "magic technique," and I think this is as close as we're going to get. The results speak for themselves, and this book is by far one of the best. Thank you, Mr. Harris, and thank you for the extra downloads that augment the book.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Great tool for ACT learners
Aimed at therapists, but very useful for clients who want to reinforce and get more practice with the principles of ACT. Easy to read, engaging, easy to follow, well-structured. Lots of real-life scenarios. Just enough jargon to give it weight and seriousness, but readability makes it a book to use as a daily reference.
0 of 0 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Sigmund Moskovitz
Love this book and have been extremely happy to find this collection of ACT therapy book at these prices. I've found it in many bookstore for considerable more money.
0 of 0 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Brilliant, complete and easily understandable even if your not native English speaker.!
If you are into psychotherapy or any kind of consulting work where you want to help others to feel better and live a more fulfilling life, this is a brilliant start! ACT is a great new approach, scientifically based and built on firm foundations of Cognitive and Behavioral therapies, and widely applicable, not just to the patients or people with psychological problems. I studied CBT many years ago and found it logical, helpful but limited. ACT feels as a more complete approach where the aim of therapy is not to avoid the symptoms but to lead a more meaningful and fulfilled life. Now I am a coming back to practicing individual psychotherapy (from the world of business consulting) and can't wait for the opportunity to apply what I learned and help my first client.

Also, this book by Russ Harris, unlike some older books I've read is far more understandable and easier to go through and get the gist. That doesn't mean it is any less profound or correct, at least as far I understand ACT. Although my English is advanced for a non-native speaker, other books made it so difficult to go through the wording and concepts. That struggle made me almost give up when I realized that I don't get it at the end of the chapter or even paragraph. Not with this book! Many examples, routines you just need to adapt and use. Also many downloadable materials on the web site.

For me, this is a great place to start with ACT, now I feel able to use it and to explore some more about it through some more demanding writing. Highly recommended!

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.

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