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Have you ever gotten “stuck” doing acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) with your clients? Of course you have! Every mental health professional has—repeatedly. Why? Because ACT is a rich, multilayered, and continually evolving model, and it takes a considerable investment of time and effort to do it fluidly and flexibly. Getting Unstuck in ACT provides practical, step-by-step strategies for overcoming all of the most common roadblocks and pitfalls of ACT. Chapter by chapter, you will learn how to motivate clients, undermine challenging in-session behaviors, and instigate defusion without even telling your clients you are doing it. You’ll also learn how to simplify key ACT concepts for folks who “just don’t get it,” stay on track with highly distractible clients, and overcome your own psychological barriers when it comes to using ACT in your therapy sessions.
“Crystal-clear and friendly, Getting Unstuck in ACT is a survival guide for the fumbles, ‘stuckness,’ and fear that we all experience in the therapy room. This book is the Swiss Army Knife that will sit front and center in my ACT library.”
—Shawn T. Smith, PsyD, author of The User’s Guide to the Human Mind
“Russ Harris has the unique skill of taking complex ideas and expressing them in a style that is readily accessible. . . . If you’ve ever felt ‘stuck’ with a client, felt like you were going off track, or struggled to motivate people, this book will help.”
—Louise Hayes, PhD, author of Get out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens
“This step-by-step troubleshooting guide is the next best thing to a tow truck to get you and your clients out of the therapeutic ditch we all too often find ourselves stuck in. Think of it as ACT roadside assistance. If you haven’t needed it yet, take it from one who has—you will.”
—Robert Zettle, PhD, author of ACT for Depression
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