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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Dummies


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Foreword xiii Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 5 Chapter 1: Introducing ACT 7 Chapter 2: Understanding that a Little Unhappiness Is Normal 17 Chapter 3: Developing Psychological Flexibility 29 Chapter 4: Living a Life with Meaning 45 Chapter 5: Moving Forward with Committed Action 57 Chapter 6: Overcoming Barriers to Living a Meaningful Life 67 Chapter 7: Being Present through Mindfulness 81 Chapter 8: Understanding Your 'Selves 93 Part II: ACT Principles and Perspectives 107 Chapter 9: Counting the Cost of Avoiding Yourself 109 Chapter 10: Linking the Human Mind and Consciousness 119 Chapter 11: Tracing the Origins of ACT and Relational Frame Theory 129 Part III: ACT for Everyday Life 145 Chapter 12: Overcoming Work ]Related Stress 147 Chapter 13: Looking at Love and Relationships through an ACT Lens 159 Chapter 14: Dealing with Problem Anger 173 Chapter 15: Helping You Live with Chronic Pain 187 Part IV: Mental Health Issues from an ACT Perspective 197 Chapter 16: Addressing Anxiety with ACT 199 Chapter 17: Beating Depression with Acceptance and Committed Action 211 Chapter 18: Dealing with Addiction 225 Chapter 19: Recovering from Psychosis 237 Part V: The Part of Tens 247 Chapter 20: Ten Brief Exercises to Help You Live More Mindfully 249 Chapter 21: Ten Tips for Value ]Based Living 257 Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Overcome Fusion and Experiential Avoidance 265 Appendix: Further Sources 273 Index 277

About the Author

Freddy Jackson Brown is a clinical psychologist and has worked in the NHS for over 20 years. Duncan Gillard is a Senior Educational Psychologist and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy practitioner. He provides psychological services to children, young people, families and school-based professionals.

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