Synopses & Reviews
As a life coach, you help people live purposeful lives that are driven by their deepest values. And although your clients may not have diagnosable mental health disorders, it's likely that many of them encounter mental roadblocks such as fear, stress, anxiety, and worry that keep them from reaching their goals and developing their full potential.
Thousands of cognitive behavioral psychologists from around the world rely on a method called acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help their therapeutic clients get "unstuck" from these barriers and improve their level of functioning. In Maximize Your Coaching Effectiveness with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, you'll learn to help your coaching clients harness these powerful psychological techniques to identify their passions, set values-based professional and personal goals, and realize their full potential. By guiding your clients through ACT-based exercises in mindfulness training and values clarification, you'll help them accept aspects of their situations that can't be changed, coexist with fear and other painful emotions, and commit to taking the actions that will lead them to success.
Maximize your coaching effectiveness by:
- Adapting powerful psychological techniques to fit your life-coaching practice
- Learning simple exercises you can do with clients to help them get unstuck
- Getting tips for assessing clients, assigning homework, and sparking motivation
- Helping clients master mindfulness to overcome fear, worry, and procrastination
With its focus on psychological flexibility and making peace with the present moment, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a perfect fit for the treatment of stress, yet this is the first book to apply ACT to stress management. Richard Blonna's ACT-based approach to coping with stress, Stress Less, Live More, combines cutting-edge psychological techniques drawn from ACT with classic relaxation strategies such as meditation, visualization, and systematic muscle relaxation.
This comprehensive guide to stress management helps readers act in ways that reinforce their big-picture values without being distracted by day-to-day mental clutter. Readers also learn to defuse from unnecessary stressful thought traps such as the 'thoughts are reality' trap and the 'thoughts are orders' trap so that they can be simultaneously more productive and more relaxed. The book includes a useful chapter that shows readers how to assert their rights to say 'no' and 'I don't care, ' stop solving other people's problems, and demand time for themselves.
In Stress Less, Live More, a health education specialist presents a comprehensive, effective plan for stress reduction that incorporates acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and classic relaxation strategies.
I'm never going to finish this project on time. This is hopeless; everything's going wrong. Why do I try to do everything at once? A busy life is full of stressful situations that's a given. But that doesn't mean there is nothing you can do. Your thoughts can actually affect the way your brain processes stress, for better or worse. Most of the time, our brains compound the problem, adding thoughts of self-doubt and frustration to already difficult situations.
Stress Less, Live More presents a program based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) that can help you train your brain to react to stress in a different way. With the mindfulness and acceptance techniques in this book, you'll clear out mental clutter, enhance your focus, and concentrate on the present moment, so that you can channel your energy into what matters most to you. It's that simple.
- Learn to mindfully accept what can't be changed
- Find peace and contentment in the present moment
- Practice relaxation skills you can use to calm yourself in a crisis
- Make time for yourself by asserting your right to say 'no'
In Maximize Your Coaching Effectiveness with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Richard Blonna provides professional life coaches with the skills they need to effectively apply acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) principles to their coaching practices, helping clients to get ìunstuckî from the mental barriers that hold them back, stay motivated, and achieve goals aligned with their personal values.
About the Author
Richard Blonna, EdD, is a university professor and author who has integrated acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) principles and practices into his work as a teacher and nationally certified life coach, counselor, and health education specialist. He has helped thousands of students and clients learn how to manage stress and other mental barriers and meet their life goals. He lives in Hillsborough, NJ.
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