A Practical Guide to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Steven C. Hayes
  • Kirk D. Strosahl

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. An ACT Approach

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Steven C. Hayes, Kirk D. Strosahl, Kara Bunting, Michael Twohig, Kelly G. Wilson
      Pages 3-29
    3. Kirk D. Strosahl, Steven C. Hayes, Kelly G. Wilson, Elizabeth V. Gifford
      Pages 31-58
    4. Steven C. Hayes, Kirk D. Strosahl, Jayson Luoma, Alethea A. Smith, Kelly G. Wilson
      Pages 59-73
  3. ACT with Behavior Problems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Robert D. Zettle
      Pages 77-102
    3. Susan M. Orsillo, Lizabeth Roemer, Jennifer Block-Lerner, Chad LeJeune, James D. Herbert
      Pages 103-132
    4. Alethea A. Varra, Victoria M. Follette
      Pages 133-152
    5. Kelly G. Wilson, Michelle R. Byrd
      Pages 153-184
    6. Patricia Bach
      Pages 185-208
    7. Kirk D. Strosahl
      Pages 209-245
  4. ACT with Special Populations, Settings, and Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Amy R. Murrell, Lisa W. Coyne, Kelly G. Wilson
      Pages 249-273
    3. Frank W. Bond
      Pages 275-293
    4. Patricia Robinson, Jennifer Gregg, Joanne Dahl, Tobias Lundgren
      Pages 295-314
    5. Patricia Robinson, Rikard K. Wicksell, Gunnar L. Olsson
      Pages 315-345
    6. Robyn D. Walser, Jacqueline Pistorello
      Pages 347-372
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 373-395

About this book


Long awaited, here is the first book to apply the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) model and its powerful techniques to a broad range of disorders and clinical settings. An innovative and groundbreaking approach, ACT cuts across the traditional categories of experiential, analytic, behavioral and cognitive therapies to utilize concepts of mindfulness and acceptance and the view that language is at the core of many psychological disorders. With the help of 26 expert contributors, ACT architects Hayes and Strosahl have expanded on their previous texts to give readers an elegant source of ideas for using this language/cognition-based method.

     •  A concise overview of the theory, core processes, and key therapeutic messages of ACT, plus a framework for case conceptualization using ACT.
     •  Techniques for using ACT to treat common behavior problems, including affective disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and substance abuse/addiction. Chapters are included on clients with multiple problems and the severely mentally ill.
     •  Uses of ACT for stress relief, for chronic pain management, and in inpatient medical settings.
     •  Special chapters on children and families, and ACT with groups.

Modeling the psychological flexibility that is so crucial to treatment, chapters illustrate ACT’s adaptability to client problems as they arise, and its built-in strategies for cutting through impasses. Further, the book cogently differentiates ACT from related modes of therapy.

This user-friendly volume will be a welcome guide for practitioners and students alike. It offers both a cogent theoretical model and a clinical guide for all professionals who treat mental health problems, regardless of theoretical orientation.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Steven C. Hayes
    • 1
  • Kirk D. Strosahl
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Nevada, RenoRenoUSA
  2. 2.Mountainview Consulting GroupMoxeeUSA

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