Author(s): Russ Harris
Now fully-revised and updated, this second edition of ACT Made Simple includes new information and chapters on self-compassion, flexible perspective taking, working with trauma, and more.
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're 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). With a focus on mindfulness, client values, and a commitment to change, ACT is proven-effective in treating depression, anxiety, stress, addictions, eating disorders, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder (BPD), and myriad other psychological issues. 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 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 therapists and clients.
"The word 'simple' can sometimes be equated to words like 'basic, ' 'unsophisticated, ' or even 'elementary.' Although the second edition of ACT Made Simple can definitely be equated with the words 'easily understood, ' make no mistake about it: this book is a thoughtful, entertaining, and comprehensive introduction to the ACT model." --Nic Hooper, PhD, senior lecturer at the University of the West of England,
"For clinicians who are trying to learn the 'how to' of ACT, Russ's humor, clarity, wisdom, and experience makes this one of the most accessible books you will ever read. Weaving the 'choice point' throughout this edition provides structure to the clinical work, and is an effective tool for therapists at every level of experience. Each chapter includes an assortment of scripts, debriefing suggestions, tips, worksheets, and new 'skilling up' exercises to take your learning beyond the pages and into active, experiential practice. If the first edition is already on your bookshelf, don't hesitate to add this to your collection--the fresh new examples and topics make this a worthwhile investment. This book is, quite simply, indispensable for both novice and seasoned ACT clinicians." --Sheri Turrell, PhD, clinical psychologist
“When I first wanted to learn about acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), I started with the excellent first edition of this book, and this second edition is even better. The second edition of ACT Made Simple is a perfect introduction to ACT—easy to read, well organized, and filled with examples, strategies, and demonstrations that make the therapy come alive in the mind of the reader. Essential reading for all therapists.” —Russell Kolts, PhD, professor in the department of psychology at Eastern Washington University
Russ Harris is a medical practitioner, psychotherapist, and world-renowned acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer. He has trained over 27,000 practitioners in ACT and authored nine books, including ACT Made Simple, ACT with Love, The Reality Slap and the international bestseller, The Happiness Trap (now translated into thirty languages).