Examples of Books on ACT and RFT

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General ACT Books: Professionals

Luoma, J., Hayes, S. C. & Walser, R. (2007). Learning ACT. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger. [A step by step learning companion for the main ACT book below. Very practical and helpful]

Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K., & Wilson, K. G. (2012). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The process and practice of mindful change (2nd edition). New York: Guilford Press. [This is still the heart of the ACT literature. It is where it started]

Wilson, K. G. & Dufrene, T. (2009). Mindfulness for two: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approach to mindfulness in psychotherapy. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger. [A book on ACT that emphasizes mindfulness and the therapeutic relationship]

Hayes, S. C. & Strosahl, K. D. (2005). A Practical Guide to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. New York: Springer-Verlag. [Shows how to do ACT with a variety of populations]

Twohig, M., & Hayes, S. C. (2008). ACT verbatim: Depression and Anxiety. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger; Reno, NV: Context Press. [Good example of ACT in actual practice]

Chantry, D. (2007). Talking ACT: Notes and conversations on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Reno, NV: Context Press. [This is an edited version of the ACT listserv from July 2002 through August 2005 compiled by a therapist, for therapists. Functions as a quick reference on a wide range of ACT topics (acceptance, anxiety, behavior analysis, choice, clinical resources, contextualism, etc)]

Ciarrochi, J. V. & Bailey, A. (2008). A CBT practitioner’s guide to ACT. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger. [Does what the title says it does]

Batten, S. (2011). Essentials of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. London: Sage. [Broad introduction to ACT]

Harris, R. (2009). ACT made simple. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger. [Easy place to start with ACT]

Hayes, S. C. & Lillis, J. (2012). Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. [Books specifically for students learning about ACT]

General ACT Books: Clients

Hayes, S. C. & Smith, S. (2005). Get out of your mind and into your life. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger. [A general purpose ACT workbook. RCTs show that it works as an aid to ACT or on its own, but it will also keep new ACT therapists well oriented]

Harris, R. (2008). The happiness trap. New York: Shambala. [Very accessible ACT book for the public]

Trauma: Professional book

Walser, R., & Westrup, D. (2007). Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & Trauma-Related Problems: A Practitioner's Guide to Using Mindfulness & Acceptance Strategies. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger. [A very practical and accessible approach to using ACT to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and acute trauma-related symptoms.]

Trauma: Client book

Follette, V. M., & Pistorello, J. (2007). Finding Life Beyond Trauma: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Heal from Post-Traumatic Stress and Trauma-Related Problems. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger. [Applies the principles of ACT to help readers cope with the after effects of traumatic experience. Straightforward, practical, and useful]

Depression: Professional book

Zettle, R. (2007). ACT for Depression: A Clinician's Guide to Using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy in Treating Depression. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger. [An solid book from one of the founders of ACT on one of the most pervasive problems human beings face.]

Depression: Client book

Strosahl, K. & Robinson, P. J. (2008). The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Depression: Using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to Move Through Depression & Create a Life Worth Living. Oakland: New Harbinger. [Great workbook on ACT for depression]

Anxiety: Professional book

Eifert, G. & Forsyth, J. (2005). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for anxiety disorders. Oakland: New Harbinger. [Good book with a protocol that shows how to mix ACT processes into a brief therapy for anxiety disorders].

Anxiety: Client book

Forsyth, J., & Eifert, G. (2007). The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety: A Guide to Breaking Free from Anxiety, Phobias, and Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Oakland: New Harbinger. [Solid workbook for anxiety]

Worry: Client book

Lejeune, C. (2007). The Worry Trap: How to Free Yourself from Worry & Anxiety using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger. [A guide to the application of ACT to worry and generalized anxiety.]

Chronic pain: Professional books

Dahl, J., Wilson, K. G., Luciano, C., & Hayes, S. C. (2005). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain. Reno, NV: Context Press. [Describes an ACT approach to chronic pain. Very accessible and readable. One of the better clinical expositions on how to do ACT values work.]

McCracken, L. M. (2005). Contextual Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for chronic pain. Seattle, WA: International Association for the Study of Pain. [[Describes an interdisciplinary ACT-based approach to chronic pain

Chronic pain: Client book

Dahl, J. C., & Lundgren, T. L. (2006). Living Beyond Your Pain: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Ease Chronic Pain. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger. [Uses ACT principles to help those suffering from pain transcend the experience by reconnecting with other, more valued aspects of their lives.]

Anger: Client book

Eifert, G. H., McKay, M., & Forsyth, J. P. (2006). ACT on life not on anger: The new Acceptance and Commitment Therapy guide to problem anger. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger. [The first book to adapt ACT principles to dealing with anger. It teaches readers how to change their relationship to anger by accepting rather than resisting angry feelings and learning to make values-based responses to provocation. Has been tested successfully in a small randomized trial.]

Caregivers: Client book

McCurry, S. M. (2006). When a family member has dementia: Steps to becoming a resilient caregiver. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers. [Although not directly on ACT or mindfulness, this book for caregivers does include a significant emphasis on acceptance, as might make sense given that the author is on of the early ACT therapists from UNR.]

Eating disorders: Client book

Heffner, M., & Eifert, G. H. (2004). The anorexia workbook: How to accept yourself, heal suffering, and reclaim your life. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger. [An eating disorders patient workbook on ACT.]

Diabetes management: Client book

Gregg, J., Callaghan, G., & Hayes, S. C. (2007). The diabetes lifestyle book: Facing your fears and making changes for a long and healthy life. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger. [You cannot tell from the title but this is a book applying ACT to diabetes management.]

Organizational issues: Professional book

Hayes, S. C., Bond, F. W., Barnes-Holmes, D., & Austin, J. (2007). Acceptance and Mindfulness at Work: Applying Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Relational Frame Theory to Organizational Behavioral Management. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press. [This was a special issue of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management that was bound into book form. Don't buy it expecting a smooth presentation of the applicability of ACT and RFT to organizational issues -- it is a collection of journal articles gather into a book. But it is still worthwhile if I/O is your area and you are wondering how ACT and RFT might apply.]

Human performance: Professional book

Gardner, F.L., & Moore, Z.E. (2007). The psychology of enhancing human performance: The Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment (MAC) approach. New York: Springer.
[This book provides theory and empirical background, and a structured step-by-step, protocol for the assessment, conceptualization, and enhancement of human performance with a variety of high-performing clientele including executives, athletes, artists, and emergency/military personnel].

Trichotillomania: Professional book

Woods, D. W., & Twohig, M. P. (2008). Trichotillomania: An ACT-enhanced Behavior Therapy Approach Therapist Guide. New York: Oxford University Press.

Trichotillomania: Client book

Woods, D. W., & Twohig, M. P. (2008). Trichotillomania: An ACT-enhanced Behavior Therapy Approach Workbook. New York: Oxford University Press.

Behavioral Medicine: Professional book

McCracken, L. (2011). Mindfulness and Acceptance in Behavioral Medicine. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

Assessment: Professional book

Baer, R. (2010). Assessing Mindfulness & Acceptance Processes in Clients: Illuminating the Theory & Practice of Change. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

Primary care settings: Professional book

Robinson, P. J., Gould, D. A., & Strosahl, K. D. (2011). Real behavior change in primary care. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Client book

Ferreira, N. B. & Gillanders, D. T (2012) Better Living with IBS: A step-by-step program to managing your symptoms so you can enjoy life to the full! Exsile Publishing, New South Wales.

Psychosis: Professional book

Morris, E. M. J., Johns, L. C., & Oliver, J. E. (2013) (Eds). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and mindfulness for psychosis. London: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 978-1-1199-5079-0

Sleep: Client book

Meadows, G. (2014). The sleep book: How to sleep well every night. London, UK: Orion.