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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders: A Practitioner's Treatment Guide to Using Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Values-based Behavior Change Strategies Hardcover – 31 Aug 2005


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; Har/Cdr edition (31 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572244275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572244276
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 17.9 x 2.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,006,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
intriguing, elegant, and practical 25 Aug. 2005
By Todd B. Kashdan - Published on Amazon.com
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The authors have integrated an extremely large body of work on mindfulness, acceptance, emotion regulation, cognitive and behavioral treatments, and anxiety into a concise and readable book. To my knowledge, this is the first book to provide a step-by-step handbook for clinicians interested in using mindfulness and acceptance based techniques with clients who are suffering. Thus, this is an enormous asset to all health professionals.

The title of the book is deceptive because it is not just relevant to anxiety disorders. It is also relevant to understanding and working with general human suffering. Additionally, this is an excellent text for researchers and graduate students, as well as anyone who wants to apply these principles to their own lives (without necessarily seeking professional help).

Todd B. Kashdan, Ph.D.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
The first effective unified protocol for anxiety disorders 15 Feb. 2006
By Jorge Saavedra - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Eifert and Forsyth come up with the first unified treatment for all anxiety disorders that actually works--an accomplishment that deserves a place in the history of psychotherapy. They do a superb job at making their protocol accessible to therapists that are new to acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), including students. In the first chapters of the book, the authors explain with both rigor and clarity what ACT is all about, and contrast it with CBT. In a nutshell, while CBT focuses on symptom management and reduction, ACT focuses on symptom acceptance and doing, in spite of all the inner stuff that may show up, for purposes of living a chosen, valued life. ACT claims convincingly that the road to a good life and mental health is not trying to feel good, but to become able to do what is required (i.e., act) to live a meaningful life, guided by a person's valued directions. ACT is a new, powerful therapy, already with remarkable empirical support, that combines the best of what the psychotherapy world has to offer, that is, acceptance- and mindfulness-based, as well as experiential and existential-humanistic therapies with behavioral interventions, in particular exposure. Maybe exposure work, perhaps the main contribution of the behavioral traidition to psychotherapy, best illustrates the contrats between ACT and CBT: while in CBT exposure is undertaken with the purpose of reducing symptomatology, in ACT it is undertaken with the purpose of increasing behavioral flexibility, i.e., expanding the behavioral repertoire of the person in the presence of anxiety provoking stimuli, and ultimately actualize willingness to move in the direction of the person's values. A truly extraordinary book, and a must read for any therapist who hopes to remain in the cutting edge of his profession. Finally, the editors at New Harbinger Publications deserve praise for the vision and creativity they have put into publishing ACT literature during the last few years. The book by Eifert and Forsyth is a remarkable outcome of such efforts.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A valuable book for any clinician's library 27 Sept. 2005
By Brian P. Marx - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In the wake of the growing popularity of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), a number of books have been written that detail the ACT philosophy and approach to therapy. However, none is better than the recently published Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders by Georg H. Eifert and John P. Forsyth. Although the book is focused on treating anxiety disorders, the principles and techniques that are discussed are so far reaching that they are pertinent to the treatment of other types of psychopathology. Thus, this book is simply not just a `must read' for those who specialize in treating anxiety disorders but rather it is a book from which any psychotherapist at any level could benefit. What sets this book apart from others that describe the ACT and other like-minded approaches to therapy is that the authors have made the concepts easily digestible and the text effortless to read. At the same time, however, the authors have managed to keep the philosophy and approach undiluted. The techniques and "how-tos" are also presented in caring detail and integrated along with guidelines for case conceptualization. Another asset of the book is that the authors make every attempt to ground their approach in the state of the art psychological science. Not all "how-to" therapy books are as successful as this one in translating science into practice.

The book is divided into three sections. The first section entails a brief discussion of the ACT approach as well as an overview of the anxiety disorders and how more traditional cognitive-behavioral approaches conceptualize and treat anxiety disorders. In the next section of the book, the construct of anxiety and the findings from previous research are reframed in a manner that is consistent with ACT. The distinction between what is changeable (a person's overt behavior) and what is not (what happens beneath the skin) is also given some discussion in this section. The final section of the book is a detailed protocol that can be used to treat anxiety disorders. The authors nicely take the reader through the protocol step by step, from treatment orientation through the practicing of mindfulness-type exercises to value-guided action.

All in all, Eifert and Forsyth's Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders is a terrific piece of work that both clinicians and researchers will undoubtedly find useful in testing basic assumptions about human psychological functioning, informing treatment development efforts, and evaluating the helpfulness of ACT-oriented approaches. This book offers important direction and perpetuates the sense of hopefulness and excitement that we are, once and for all, on the verge of ameliorating human suffering.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
An excellent resource 29 Nov. 2005
By Jennifer Block Lerner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and other "third-wave" behavioral approaches are changing the way many view psychopathology and processes of psychotherapeutic change. Eifert and Forsyth's ACT for Anxiety Disorders is an engaging and easy-to-comprehend book that should serve as a great introduction for those interested in learning more. With both integrative discussion of the theory behind this work and detailed clinical guidelines, it is an excellent resource for anyone wishing to incorporate mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches into his or her clinical work and/or research. Students consistently praise this book's readability and relevance; especially appreciated are the handouts that may be tailored to the specifics of a given client or target problem.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Excellent approach for anxious clients 15 Sept. 2005
By A reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a remarkably accessible guide to conducting ACT for anxious clients. Because this manual is one of the more accessible ACT books, I recommend reading it, even if you are not currently seeing a client w/ anxiety issues. A cd is included w/ all relevant forms that you can print out for client use.
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