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Facing the Storm: Using CBT, Mindfulness and Acceptance to Build Resilience When Your World's Falling Apart [Paperback]

Ray Owen
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14 Jun 2011 0415676592 978-0415676595

Highly Commended in the 2012 BMA Book Awards

We live in a world where bad things can, and do, happen irrespective of whether we are good or bad, whether we consider ourselves lucky or doomed, and with no regard to fairness. Any of us can find ourselves facing redundancy, the breakdown of a relationship, bankruptcy or any number of life changing crises, or supporting someone else who is. And sometimes, no matter how much we might try, there’s nothing we can do to prevent or reduce the problem.

But that doesn't mean you have to be helpless; no matter how bad the situation you're about to deal with, there are things that you can do to become more resilient and that will help you face the storm that's coming towards you or yours.

Using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) techniques and the latest developments in mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches, this practical guide will take you through each stage of preparing for, enduring and recovering from a major life crisis helping you better understand what's going on, and providing new tools for dealing with the situation.

When there's a storm coming towards you, and you can't escape it, then you have to prepare to face it. Here's how.


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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (14 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415676592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415676595
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Ray Owen is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in hospitals, hospices and the community for over 20 years. He works mostly with individuals and families who are affected by long-term or life-threatening illnesses, especially cancer. He has a special interest in using Cognitive-Behavioural methods, including mindfulness- and acceptance- based techniques.

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"Dr Ray Owen is a clinical psychologist working in cancer and palliative care, and with two decades of experience he’s very well placed to reflect upon our varied responses to a major life crisis. Using the metaphor of a storm, he takes us (admirably thoroughly) through the stages of preparing for the arrival of a major life crisis, its passing through, and dealing with its aftermath." - Julia Bueno, The Independent Practitioner, Autumn 2011

"At some point all of us will face a life crisis. This pragmatic yet warm-hearted book helps us to recognise that it is not so much a question of avoiding this truth, nor of living in dread of difficulty, but a question of discovering how we can face each and every moment of our lives (including the desperate ones) with honesty and with a willingness to work with our experience as it is rather than as we would like it to be. Ray Owen offers us a pragmatic tool kit that is highly relevant to the process of working with the storms of our lives and our everyday life experience with a greater degree of awareness, compassion and understanding." - Rebecca Crane, Bangor University, UK

"I would recommend this book to everyone interested in learning from a highly experienced palliative care clinician who has himself learnt from many people making final journeys – still finding routes through that are filled with laughter, hope and resilience." - Julie Stokes OBE – Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Executive Coach, Founder of Winston's Wish

"Dr Owen encourages people to find routes for themselves that are filled with laughter, hope and resilience. I recommend this book to those who are facing a crisis of any kind. Dr Owen has provided an excellent guide for clients and professionals alike. *****" - Jane Ross, Nursing Standard, Volume 26, Number 30, 2012

 

About the Author

Dr Ray Owen is a clinical psychologist working in cancer and palliative care for the NHS in Herefordshire, UK. He has worked in hospital, community and hospice settings for the past 20 years


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 1 Oct 2011
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I would strongly recommend this book to those of us who are either imminently facing a crisis (and we all will one day) or who are supporting someone else in this position.

It is written with warmth, humour and great understanding. The use of several realistic case studies from a variety of situations means that it is easy to see how the ideas apply in real life.

A must-read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful book! 4 Jan 2012
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This is a great book to accompany people through some of the most difficult times in their lives. As the author anticipates I have read it "for work" and have found it helpful in informing my psychological work with clients in distress. I have also recommended it as a "self-help" or "bibliotherapy" text for some clients. I am particularly impressed by the way it can respectfully speak about the experience of someone facing objectively different difficulties or "storms" e.g. unemployment or death. Sound theoretical underpinnings are presented with sublime subtlety throughout.
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I would recommend this book to anyone who has faced or is facing a dilemma or crisis in their lives. Inspired by loss of a loved one to cancer, it is written from the perspective of a variety of crises that may occur. It contains common sense approaches that may get lost when caught up in a difficulty as well as an introduction to CBT, Mindfulness, ACT and other skills that can be applied to help deal with the detritus of life (and death). I find the section on acceptance particularly concise and helpful. It is a book to read through and then return to again and again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly reccommend 8 Dec 2013
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A very useful book to help one navigate through this life of challenging situations and crisis. Easy to read with helpful strategies to change ones way of habitual thinking and reacting to whatever life throws up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! 25 Mar 2014
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Beautifully crafted to provide accessible, meaningful and constructive self-help BUT also as an extraordinary foundation for therapy sessions. People really welcome the sensitivity and sense with which the book is written. My client's comment on the empathy they feel Dr Owen has for their journey...they particularly applaud the storm metaphor. At the end of therapy one client bought me 6 copies as a 'Thank you' present so that I could offer copies to other future client! Testament indeed to the value of this book.
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