The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Depression

The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Depression is a great book for people who are interested in how ACT can be applied with depression. Kirk Strosahl and Patricia Robinson bring their many years of experience and wisdom to help people who are struggling with the “black dog” of depression.

The Art and Science of Valuing in Psychotherapy

The Art and Science of Valuing in Psychotherapy is the most comprehensive description of using values in psychotherapy that I am aware of. If you are wanting to learn how values are used in ACT or might be used in other therapies, this really is the best source.

ACTing on diabetes

Diabetes requires knowledge about proper self-care in order to prevent health complications, so hospitals frequently offer courses in diabetes self-management. However, managing diabetes requires a lot more than simply knowing what to do, it also takes overcoming the emotional barriers to living healthy. A recent randomized clinical trial shows how ACT can help with these emotional barriers.

Self-management of diabetes can be inherently distressing, as the act of monitoring and treating this condition readily leads to unpleasant thoughts and feelings. As a result, many diabetics neglect their self-management activities even though the health consequences are known. This kind of experiential […]

Distress tolerance and nicotine addiction

How long can you hold your breath? If you are a smoker, the results of this test would predict the likelihood of being successful at quitting those cigarettes. This is not because holding your breath is related to your lung capacity. Rather, it has something to do with distress tolerance.

We probably all know someone who has been unable to discontinue their cigarette habit, even in spite of numerous attempts to quit. As Richard Brown and colleagues elaborate in a recent article, smoking is very difficult to discontinue for three basic reasons: 1) It is a well-rehearsed habit. 2) Nicotine […]

On Being a Mindful Therapist

Have you ever wondered why ACT experts encourage experiential workshops as part of the training regimen? There are a few answers to this question, but a new study out of Germany suggests that mindfulness training can help therapists be generally better at what they do.

Therapy is complex. Consider all the possible sources of information available during any given therapy session that may assist the therapist in their work. During the session, attention may be directed outward to the client’s statements, expressions, and posture or inward to the therapist’s own reactions, analyses, and actions. And all of this, ideally, is […]

New data on experiential avoidance in Trichotillomania

A blog called Psychotherapy Brown Bag has done a good job of reviewing a recent paper which continues to add to the pile of evidence on the centrality of experiential avoidance in maintaining a variety of psychological disorders. This paper is about the Trichotillomania and is worth a read. Here’s what they had to say about it:
In a study just released in Behaviour Research and Therapy, Anna Shusterman, Lauren Feld, Lee Baer, and Nancy Keuthen (2009) utilized data from a massive online survey to examine the role that emotions play in prompting and sustaining this disorder.  The description of […]

New data on ACT for chronic pain

Fresh data on ACT and RFT seem to be surfacing almost continuously these days. In this edition of our newsletter, we are especially intrigued by a forthcoming article on the use of ACT with children experiencing chronic pain.

One of the distinctions that we often make as ACT therapists with our clients is that between pain and suffering. While pain is regarded as the direct result of difficulties in our lives, whether it is a physical ailment or natural response to life challenges, suffering is the indirect result of being a verbal human being who compares, evaluates, and struggles with […]

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety: A Guide to Breaking Free from Anxiety, Phobias, and Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a really great, user friendly workbook for people who anxiety and worry. It presents material in a step-by-step fashion that is easy to digest and try out on your own.

The Happiness Trap

The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living. This self-help book breaks down the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and presents them in an easy to understand manner.

The Hexaflex as a Dynamic Therapy Tool