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acceptance and commitment therapy (act) made simple- second edition manual

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Made Simple-2 takes the complex theory and practice of ACT, and makes it accessible to therapists, and their clients, teaching the 6 core principles, providing worksheets, scripts, techniques and everything necessary to begin using ACT.

33731 ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)Made Simple-Second Ed


An easy-to-read primer on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Russ Harris PhD

ACT Made Simple takes the complex theory and practice of ACT, and makes it accessible to therapists, and their clients.  This practical and entertaining primer is ideal for ACT newcomers and experienced ACT professionals.  Widely used by therapists and life coaches.


Now fully-revised and updated, this second edition of ACT Made Simple includes new information and chapters on self-compassion, flexible perspective taking, working with trauma, and more.


Why is it so hard to be happy? Why is life so difficult? Why do humans suffer so much? And what can we realistically do about it? No matter how rewarding your job, as a mental health professional, you may sometimes feel helpless in the face of these questions. You are also well aware of the challenges and frustrations that can present during therapy.


If you’re looking for ways to optimize your client sessions, consider joining the many thousands of therapists and life coaches worldwide who are learning acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). With a focus on mindfulness, client values, and a commitment to change, ACT is proven-effective in treating depression, anxiety, stress, addictions, eating disorders, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder (BPD), and myriad other psychological issues. It’s also a revolutionary new way to view the human condition—packed full of exciting new tools, techniques, and strategies for promoting profound behavioral change.


A practical primer, ideal for ACT newcomers and experienced ACT professionals alike, ACT Made Simple offers clear explanations of the six ACT processes and a set of real-world tips and solutions for rapidly and effectively implementing them in your practice. This book gives you everything you need to start using ACT with your clients for impressive results. Inside, you’ll find: scripts, exercises, metaphors, and worksheets to use with your clients; a session-by-session guide to implementing ACT; transcripts from therapy sessions; guidance for creating your own therapeutic techniques and exercises; and practical tips to overcome “therapy roadblocks.”


This book aims to take the complex theory and practice of ACT and make it accessible and enjoyable for therapists and clients.

It offers clear explanations of the six ACT processes, and a set of real-world tips and solutions, to rapidly and effectively implement.  The book provides everything needed to start using ACT with impressive results. 

ACT Made Simple includes:

  • Scripts
  • Exercises
  • Metaphors and Worksheets
  • Guide to implementing ACT
  • Transcripts from therapy Sessions
  • Guidance for creating therapeutic techniques and exercises
  • Practical tips to overcome “therapy roadblocks”

Paperback; 392 pages