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Richard Blonna, EdD, is a university professor and author who has integrated acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) principles and practices into his work as a teacher and nationally certified life coach, counselor, and health education specialist. He has helped thousands of students and clients learn how to manage stress and other mental barriers and meet their life goals. He lives in Hillsborough, NJ.
"For any coach who wants to be more effective and find more
fulfillment in their work, this textbook is a must-have. Richard
Blonna has done an excellent job of making the ACT model clear and
accessible. Not just a highly practical book, but also an
interesting and entertaining read."
--Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap and ACT Made Simple
"Blonna has done a superlative job of integrating the ACT
principles and practices with coaching. I found the most valuable
part was dealing with what Blonna calls the psychologically
inflexible client. His tips for how to assist clients in getting
'unstuck' using values fusing are enlightening and powerful. I also
greatly appreciate his mindfulness strategies and how they blend
with his concrete and practical tools. His intake forms are
essential for all practitioners. This book is a must-read for both
coaches and counselors!"
--Lyn Kelley, PhD, LMFT, CPC, president of GROW Training Institute, Inc., continuing education and coach training organization
"This beautifully written and intensely practical book marries
two unlikely bedfellows--a therapeutic approach (ACT) with the
practice of life coaching. Guided by the author's gentle, expert
hand, it became clear to me that this marriage is like that of two
soulmates, who together dance effortlessly, elevating one another
to achieve a common purpose: a life that matters. This book
delivers on the promise in its title. Full of practical exercises
and evidence-based know-how, it is a must-read for life coaches who
want to enrich their work and make a difference in the lives of
those who are stuck and trying to find a way forward."
--John P. Forsyth, PhD, professor of psychology and director of the anxiety disorders research program at the University of Albany - SUNY and author of Your Life on Purpose and The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety
"For many years, acceptance and commitment training has been
applied to organizations, and it's only natural to extend the
benefits to coaching. In his book, Blonna combines a clear and
concise description of ACT with his vast knowledge of coaching.
Beyond those interested in coaching, anyone interested in using ACT
for themselves or with others would benefit from reading this
--Kevin L. Polk, PhD, author of Psychological Flexibility Training
"ACT seems destined to transform the coaching profession. The
scientifically-based principles of ACT are based on the psychology
of normal people and fit the structure and purpose of coaching hand
in glove. Readable, sensible, and comprehensive, this volume shows
you exactly how to apply ACT to your coaching practice. If you work
as a coach or are considering doing so, there is no better place to
--Steven C. Hayes, PhD, Foundation Professor at the University of Nevada and author of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life