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be the fierce Me you are meant to be

an empowering journey for women who want to shake the shackles of anxious avoidance and live their best, most mighty lives

From Publishers Weekly:

“While Stoddard focuses on women, her useful information applies to all. Stoddard is authoritative, but also warm and conversational. Readers willing to work through the experiential exercises and self-reflection questions will be won over by Stoddard’s practical framework for accepting anxiety as part of the human condition.”

See full review here: https://www.publishersweekly.com/9781684034413

be mighty
a woman’s guide to liberation from anxiety, worry, and stress using mindfulness and acceptance

In a culture where women are paid less for doing the same jobs, expected to juggle multiple demands flawlessly, and objectified at every turn, it’s no wonder we experience anxiety at nearly double the rates of men. But anxiety need not be a prison. Based on the principles of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Be Mighty takes readers on an entertaining and empowering journey toward a deeper understanding of the patterns that are keeping them stuck.  Offering evidence-based strategies for embracing discomfort and letting go of the Inner Critic, Be Mighty aims to inspire women to become their fiercest, most authentic, mighty selves. 

PRAISE FOR BE MIGHTY

“BE MIGHTY is an empowering guide to living with more joy and courage. Stoddard writes with a refreshing mix of compassion and humor. Every chapter is peppered with ideas and strategies that have the potential to change readers' lives.”

Kelly McGonigal, Author of “The Upside of Stress”, “The Science of Compassion”, and “The Willpower Instinct”

“Discover your inner superpowers and become a real-life superhero with this empowering, step-by-step guide. Learn how to manage your obstacles, create your armor of super skills, and unveil your true strength. You are mighty. You are worth it. You are a superhero.”

Janina Scarlet, PhD, Award-winning author of Superhero Therapy
 

“Jill Stoddard offers women a true gift in Be Mighty—an accessible set of strategies we can employ to manage the overwhelm of worry and stress inherent in our modern age. Jill's humor, compassion, authenticity, and wise insights offers a guide that is practical and accessible and which open us up to new opportunities for living well. It's just what every woman needs to become her mightiest self.
Yael Schonbrun, PhD, assistant professor at Brown University, podcast co-host of Psychologists off the Clock

Be Mightyis a call to arms for all women! Reading this brilliant book was like sitting down to a glass of wine with your best friend. Jill is all at once every woman’s long-time companion, biggest cheerleader, and tell-it-to-you-straight champion. This is much more than a self-help book for anxiety—it’s a compassionate manual for how to navigate the ever-evolving challenges of being a woman in the modern age.”
Jamie R. Forsyth, PhD, licensed psychologist, international ACT workshop leader

 “If you’re a woman, take this book home and read it—today—right now. Be Mighty provides the foundation for growth and the path to living life to the fullest. Now is the time in history to help women do that. Dr Stoddard takes the reader on a journey deep inside their fears and anxieties and has them connect with the life of hope and vitality. I loved this book and will be recommending it to many women, those I work with as well as my dear friends and family. If you care about strengthening women, this book is a breath of fresh air and lays a clear path to a mighty life.” 
Louise Hayes, PhD, Clinical Psychologist & Senior Fellow, The University of Melbourne & Orygen Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health; Fellow, Association for Contextual Behavioural Science; author of The Thriving Adolescent andGet Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens

“The book you hold in your hands is a gift to women everywhere! In an age of increased stress and unrelenting pressures this workbook is a must read. It is filled with concrete, helpful exercises and advice that will change your relationship with your worry and anxiety. Dr. Jill Stoddard provides wisdom and warmth as she guides the reader in developing the courage and conviction to face your fears and live your best life.”
Dr. Laura Silberstein-Tirch, Director of Center for Compassion Focused Therapy In New York, author of How to Be Nice to Yourself and coauthorofACT From The Inside Out

 In BeMighty, Stoddard offers a bold and compassionate approach to understanding the gendered impacts of anxiety, worry, and stress—and navigating those struggles with vulnerability, strength, and vitality in ways that are fiercely female. I highly recommend this book to anyone who identifies with the pressure to have and do it all, or else.”

Emily K. Sandoz, Emma Louise LeBlanc/BORSF endowed professor of Social Sciences, UL Lafayette; author of Living with Your Body and Other Things You Hate 

Be Mighty by Jill Stoddard is mindfulness and acceptance for the post #metoo woman. It’s chockful of anecdotes written in an informal language that grabs your attention right from the start. It validates current gender disparities through intelligent and witty repartee—all of which aim to help the reader live a full, vital, and self-compassionate life, without the need for bulletproof braceletsa la Wonder Woman. It’s acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) in a nutshell, made easy and yet not oversimplified, adapted to the currently evolving gender identity context. It’s just the right length and tone for those of us juggling self-care, work, family, and life!”

Jacqueline Pistorello, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and director at University of Nevada, Reno Counseling Services and coauthor of Finding Life Beyond Trauma:Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Heal from Post-Traumatic Stress and Trauma-Related Problems

“Constantly battling worry, anxiety, insecurity, and self-criticism is physically exhausting and emotionally draining. Even worse, the attention and effort we invest in keeping up the fight leaves us with little time and energy for the relationships and activities that matter most. Be Mightyis an inspiring and empowering guide that offers women a way to disengage from their ongoing battles with fear and anxiety and bring purpose and meaning to their daily lives. Drawing from evidence-based methods of treating anxiety, Stoddard offers women the practical advice and support they need to harness their inner courage and live boldly and fully.”
Susan M. Orsillo, professor of psychology at Suffolk University and co-author of Worry Less, Live More: The Mindful Way through Anxiety Workbook

  “If you want a book that reads like the author is in the room with you, exuding warmth, compassion, and humor while tackling the complexities of anxiety, then Be Mightyis for you. Jill Stoddard offers lots of down to earth, practical ideas to give us hope and relief amidst a very troubled world. Be Mightyoffers simple yet powerful ways to help us identify what matters most, and experiential acceptance and mindfulness practices to help us take anxiety out of the drivers’ seat. Be Mightyis an empowering, practical, and essential book for women of all ages.”
Sheri Turrell, C. Psych, clinical psychologist and owner of Life in Balance Therapy in Toronto Canada; adjunct lecturer in the department of psychiatry at the University of Toronto; ACBS peer-reviewed ACT trainer, coauthor of ACT for Adolescents

 “Whimsical and wise in equal measure, this fresh perspective on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy identifies and addresses the unique hurdles women face while experiencing worries, fears, stress and anxiety. I highly recommend this to both practitioners and clients alike.”
M. Joann Wright, PhD, founder of ACT One; peer-reviewed ACT trainer, fellow ACBS, and coauthor of Learning ACT for Group Treatment and Experiencing ACT from the Inside Out

 “Be Mightyis packed full of wisdom and practical exercises to help you understand your anxiety, worry and stress and find a way to courageously connect to and become who you’ve always dreamt of being.”
Aisling Leonard-Curtin, M.Sc., C.Psychol., Ps.S.I., chartered psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland, codirector of Act Now Purposeful Living, and  coauthor of Irish Times Number 1 Bestseller The Power of Small

 “Be Mighty: A Woman's Guide to Liberation from Anxiety, Worry, & Stress Using Mindfulness and Acceptance provides accessible, effective guidance to help women live full lives, even as anxiety arises. Readers will find it informative, comforting, and inspiring. Dr. Stoddard's clinical wisdom will be of great benefit to everyone who reads this book.”
Lizabeth Roemer, PhDcoauthor ofWorry Less, Live More

 “I can't say enough about Jill Stoddard's Be Mighty. Helpful metaphors, excellent storytelling, practical tips, and a large helping of humor make this the book easy to read, digest, and apply to real life. If you're a woman who worries—in other words, if you're a woman—you should read this book.”
Sara Schairer, founder and executive director of Compassion It - a nonprofit and global movement inspiring compassionate actions and attitudes

 “Be Mighty is a must read for any woman who wants to break free from self-limiting narratives and take steps towards emotional freedom and self-empowerment. This book incorporates evidence-based strategies and practical tools to help women live according to their values. It offers a step by step guide with concrete methods including worksheets and exercises to help women recognize their core beliefs (schemas), clarify their deeply held values, overcome the barriers that hold them back, and take actions towards what matters. I highly recommend this book to all women who are ready to break through their hurdles and live authentically.”
Avigail Lev, PsyD, psychotherapist and director of the Bay Area CBT Center, and coauthor of ACT for Couples, ACT for Interpersonal Problems,andThe Interpersonal Problems Workbook

 “I have never read a book that speaks as directly to my experience as a stressed-out woman in today’s world. This book will give you a refreshing perspective on how to cope with anxiety and stress, and help you live a vital and meaningful life. Be Mighty is short, fun, and useful - which is exactly what a busy woman like me needs in a book!”
Debbie Sorensen, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, ImpACT Psychology Colorado, Co-host of the podcast Psychologist Off the Clock

 “Every once in a while, a rare book comes along that changes its readers' lives. Be Mightyis such a book. Dr. Jill Stoddard sets out to empower women with research-supported coping skills for life's hurdles. Not only does she surpass this goal, but she provides ground-breaking strategies that challenges established beliefs on anxiety and stress. Powerful, funny, soulful, and inspiring, Dr. Stoddard's book is an entertaining yet deeply empowering journey. This is a must-read primer for all women.”
Katherine Nguyen Williams, PhD, clinical professor of psychiatry at University of California, San Diego, and author of Modular CBT for Children and Adolescents with Depression

 “I started reading this book on a Monday and finished it on Wednesday, that’s how captivating it was! There are so many highlights on it that I would need a full page, but because of space I do want to share the more important ones: Jill does a beautiful job lying down why a book like this is written at this time, she shares the background of it and from there, takes the reader into the benefits of applying behavioral science into day-to-day living, while tackling the most common hooks—stories, anxieties, worries—that people identified as woman face nowadays! ... I absolutely appreciate Jill’s ability to make ACT accessible in plain language. A must-read and a treat to do so!”
Patricia E. Zurita Ona, PsyD, author of The ACT workbook for Teens with OCD;director of the East Bay Behavior Therapy Center; fellow, Association of Contextual Behavioral Science

 “Nowadays, it seems that taking care of the self is yet another thing women are expected to do perfectly. In Be Mighty, Stoddard offers practical, accessible techniques that honor our growth, our discoveries, and our journeys while also helping us discard the overwhelming and unrealistic sociocultural expectation that we must create the perfectly balanced, glossy, Goop-consumed lifestyle for ourselves. Using her direct, to-the-point approach, Stoddard brilliantly blends the ingredients of effective stress management strategies with the spirit of self-activism. The realnessin Be Mightyis the freshest air I’ve had in a while.”
Andrea Letamendi, PhD, psychologist and consultant; associate director of mental health training, Intervention and Response for Student Resilience and Residential Life at UCLA

 “Mighty good! Be Mightyis engaging, empowering, and full of easy to follow information and exercises for women from all walks of life. This is the ACT book I have been waiting for to recommend as a stand alone self-help book, or as an adjunct to therapy (by the way, men might like it too!).”
Patricia Bach, Psychologist, Carter Psychology Center; past president of ACBS; coauthor of ACT in Practice

 “With Be Mighty, Dr. Jill Stoddard has brought acceptance and commitment therapy to life in a warm, uplifting and humorous way, helping women who struggle with stress and anxiety find their footing on a values-based path. In this book she invites women into living fierce—a courageous step into vitality! And a book for all women seeking mightiness. 
—Robyn D. Walser, PhD, author of The Heart of ACT; coauthor of Learning ACT andThe Mindful Couple; assistant Professor University of California, Berkeley

 “Jill Stoddard's book Be Mighty is a bold, motivating, and down-to-earth guide. Stoddard's encouraging prose informs the reader about utilizing ACT, a behavioral therapy she has used for 15 years. Be Mightyempowers us to make profound changes in our routines so we can live more fulfilling, authentic lives and become magnificently mighty in the process!”

Dyane Harwood, author, Birth of a New Brain: Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder

   

 
 
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make therapy come alive with experiential practice

a one-stop shop for clinicians

The big book of act metaphors

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT, suggests that much of our emotional suffering arises when we become entangled with language—assumptions, rules, predictions, evaluations, and the like. Psychotherapy, by it’s very nature, involves language—it’s even referred to as “talk therapy,” after all. To powerfully work around the traps of languaging, therapists can connect clients with important aspects of their actual experience by bringing metaphors and experiential exercises into the discussion.

The Big Book of ACT Metaphors provides an overview of ACT and each of its six core therapeutic processes, along with a variety of corresponding experiential practices. You will learn how to deliver these practices, and how to create your own, uniquely tailored exercises and metaphors.

PRAISE FOR THE BIG BOOK OF ACT METAPHORS

4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon; Best seller in behavioral psychology

“As an ACT trainer and therapist, this is a must-buy! If you are looking for new, distinctive, and effective ways to deepen your clients’ understanding of ACT, your quest is at an end. Stoddard and Afari have pulled together a wonderful compendium of rich and effective metaphors that, when delivered in therapy, will create an engaging and meaningful experience. The wealth and variety of stories and exercises will meet the needs of many a client. I know I will return to this book again and again, and like few others on my shelf, it will be dog-eared, coffee-stained, and well-worn—thanks for putting together this terrific collection!”
—Robyn D. Walser, PhD, associate director of dissemination and training at the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, assistant clinical professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and director of TLConsultation Services

“As the interest in ACT has grown internationally, there has been a burgeoning desire to find new and individually relevant metaphors and exercises to use across a variety of settings and clinical populations. This book will certainly satisfy that appetite for those looking for new ways to best connect with their clients. But more importantly, this book will inspire readers to recognize what has been true all along: that the metaphors and exercises that will be most useful are those that draw upon clients’ own experiences. By bringing this compendium together, the authors will inspire clinicians around the world to be more creative in their practice.”
Sonja V. Batten, PhD, president (2013-2014) of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

“ACT has burst upon the psychotherapy scene with creativity, a deep sense of excitement, and, most importantly, strong empirical support. With its premise that human suffering is an unfortunate byproduct of our everyday language and conceptions, metaphors become a more important tool in this therapeutic approach than most others. Now, Jill A. Stoddard, and Niloofar Afari have assembled these metaphors in an entertaining reference book that will be extraordinarily valuable―not only to practitioners of ACT, but to psychotherapists everywhere.”
David H. Barlow PhD, ABPP, professor of psychology and psychiatry at Boston University and founder and director emeritus of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders

“A valuable addition to your ACT toolkit.”
Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap

Book Review by The Professional Counselor:

“[T]he authors summarize the core process and provide brilliant exercises, metaphors and scripts for the reader, specifically showing how this theory and approach can be translated into practice […] While numerous ACT textbooks and workbooks are available, this book is essential for any current or future ACT practitioner […] Each chapter is concise, easy to read and detailed enough for even the most novice counselor to replicate in session […] In summary, this practical, useful and relevant book provides an excellent foundation and guide for new clinicians and also a one-stop shop for well-seasoned ACT counselors.”