Embracing Your Demons: An Overview of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Embracing Your Demons: An Overview of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

by Russell Harris

ACT trainer Russell Harris distills the essential components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) into a simple framework, with case studies to help illustrate the theory and practice of ACT.
Imagine a therapy that makes no attempt to reduce symptoms, but gets symptom reduction as a by-product. A therapy firmly based in the tradition of empirical science, yet has a major emphasis on values, forgiveness, acceptance, compassion, living in the present moment, and accessing a transcendent sense of self. A therapy so hard to classify that it has been described as an “existential humanistic cognitive behavioral therapy.”
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Russell HarrisRussell Harris, MD, is a medical practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice in
Melbourne. He is and internationally renowned ACT trainer and the author of The Happiness Trap.
Incredibly useful article.
Jeremy Henderson
This article provided an excellent overview so that I can actually conceptualize ACT in a way I can believe in.
Donna Waterman
Excellent Article
Great articel! One of the best "quick" summaries of ACT I have read
Dr. Kristin Steele
This introduction to ACT was clear, useful and compelling.
Catherine Corcoran
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Learning objectives:

  • Learn the developmental and theoretical history of ACT
  • Describe typical ACT interventions used in psychotherapy
  • Illustrate the the six core principles of ACT
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