Synopses & Reviews
Copublished with Context Press
This collection of transcripts, organized and annotated by Michael P. Twohig and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) founder Steven C. Hayes, guides you through ACT-based therapy processes session-by-session. The transcripts featured in ACT Verbatim present common situations that arise in clinical practice, while the commentary explains how to identify the six target ACT processes and help clients work through them to achieve psychological flexibility.
For the most detailed view of ACT therapy, the clinical transcripts included here follow the development of one client struggling with anger, anxiety, and depression. Since ACT is process- rather than technique-oriented, this kind of in the moment analysis is a singularly effective way to learn to apply this therapeutic model.
These transcripts will help you:
- Identify client indicators that suggest you should target a specific process in therapy
- Create useful exercises to foster client development in the core processes of ACT
- Evaluate client advancement and structure sessions for maximum progress
- Learn the different styles other therapists use to implement ACT in their own ways
This volume is the first annotated client transcript prepared using the processes of the new and innovative acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Here readers will find clinical transcripts of nine therapy sessions with a client who struggles with anger and depression, moderated by renowned psychologist and ACT founder Steven Hayes. Throughout the work, annotation will give the reader some idea of how the client is functioning with respect to the six ACT core processes. Since ACT is process-rather than technique-oriented, this kind of in the moment analysis is a singularly effective way to learn how to effect the therapy.
An invaluable aid for clinicians using the acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) model, ACT Verbatim offers transcripts of actual therapy sessions annotated by ACT cofounder Steven Hayes. The annotations coach therapists on how to work through the ACT core processes and how to deal with common situations encountered in therapy sessions
About the Author
Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Nevada Foundation Professor and director of clinical training at the department of psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of 38 books and over 540 scientific articles, his career has focused on analysis of the nature of human language and cognition, and its application to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering and promotion of human prosperity. Among other associations, Hayes has been president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. His work has received several awards, including the Impact of Science on Application Award from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.Michael P. Twohig, PhD, is assistant professor of psychology at Utah State University in Logan, UT. He is the author of more than forty scientific articles and book chapters, most of which focus on the treatment of anxiety disorders.
Table of Contents
What is ACT?. Committing to therapy and beginning to let go of the struggle -- Problems with control and the beginning of self as context -- Self as context -- Learning to be present and to see self as context -- Applying acceptance, defusion, and self as context in imaginal exposure -- Choice and values -- Self-compassion -- Choosing values -- Values, defusion, and back -- Values, commitment, and wrap-up.