Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for the Treatment of by Robyn D. Walser PhD, Darrah Westrup PhD, Steven C. Hayes PhD

By Robyn D. Walser PhD, Darrah Westrup PhD, Steven C. Hayes PhD

New instructions within the therapy of PTSD

Acceptance and dedication remedy (ACT) bargains a promising, empirically demonstrated method of the remedy of post-traumatic tension affliction (PTSD) and different trauma similar difficulties. during this quantity, you will discover a whole theoretical and sensible consultant to creating this progressive new version paintings on your practice.

After a brief review of PTSD, the 1st a part of Acceptance and dedication remedy for the therapy of Post-Traumatic pressure illness and Trauma-Related Problems explains the matter of experiential avoidance because it pertains to trauma and explores the verbal nature of post-traumatic pressure. you will examine the significance of mindfulness and recognition within the ACT version, how one can constitution classes together with your consumers, and think about the matter of keep watch over. The part concludes by means of introducing you to the assumption of inventive hopelessness because the place to begin for making a new, conceivable existence after trauma.

The book's moment part bargains a realistic, step by step medical consultant to the six middle ACT elements in chronological order:

  • Creative hopelessness
  • The challenge of control
  • Willingness and defusion
  • Self-as-context
  • Valued living
  • Committed action

Each bankruptcy explains easy methods to introduce those issues to consumers struggling with PTSD, illustrates each one with case examples, and gives homework to your consumers to take advantage of among sessions.

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Additionally, asking clients to practice between sessions is helpful. However, if for any reason, a client begins to dissociate or if they find themselves drifting into trauma memories and getting stuck there, rather than dispassionately observing the memories as they pass, then ask the client to reorient with an eyes-open meditation where they are focused on the sights, sensations, and sounds of the moment. By the way, these practices can be short in duration. Starting with even five minutes worth of practice a day can be valuable.

Tacon, McComb, Caldera, and Randolph (2003), found that the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR; Kabat-Zinn, 1994) program was effective in reducing anxiety in women with heart disease, and Weissbecker and colleagues (2002) found that patients with fibromyalgia who participated in a mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy intervention reported improvements in general well-being and both functional and psychological status. Finally, there has been sizable research into the use of mindfulness in helping patients who have cancer.

Of note, it is well documented (Riggs, Cahill, & Foa, 2006; Shipherd, Street, & Resick, 2006) that exposure is a useful technique for treating PTSD (exposure therapy and ACT are further explored in chapter 10). Exposure techniques, on the one hand, are done with trained therapists in clinical settings (although exposure homework may be done by the client at home, it is still monitored). Mindfulness, on the other hand, can be practiced anywhere and does not need to be occurring under controlled circumstances.

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