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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, Ph.D., 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, Ph.D., 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 Ph.D., 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.”