A Contextual Behavioral Guide to the Self
By Louise McHugh, Ian Stewart, Priscilla Almada
The self plays an integral role in human motivation, cognition, and social identity. A must-have addition to any acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) practitioner's library, The Self in Practice translates the ACT model's most difficult-yet essential-process into easy-to-apply steps and user-friendly language. Every client who partakes in ACT must identify a self as part of their treatment, and clinicians often report that observing the self is the most difficult of all six core ACT processes. This is because it's so hard for people to shed preconceived notions of "who they really are," and negative perceptions of the self can lead to feelings of low self-worth that stand in the way of treatment.Problems with the self arise when clients orient themselves in the world and learn to relate to others, but these problems can vary considerably. For example, some clients may have deficits in developing a strong sense of self in the first place-particularly if they are diagnosed with autism spectrum conditions (ASC). Depressed clients or those with borderline personality disorder (BPD) may develop a skewed, negative sense of self, and those with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) may develop an inflated sense of self.With this unique road map, you will learn to apply the complex theory of the self into everyday practice, and help all clients develop empathy, compassion, and flexible perspective taking-leading to better treatment outcomes and better lives for clients.
Coping with Critical, Demanding, and Dysfunctional Parents
By David M Allen, Susan Heitler
Do you have a parent who is invalidating, critical, demanding, or hateful? In this important and much-needed guide, you'll learn how to set boundaries; uncover the hidden motives behind your parent's behavior; put a stop to repetitive, hurtful interactions; and foster healthier relationships.There's no sugarcoating it-if you grew up with a parent who made you feel invalidated or unloved as a child, your pain is very real. In some cases, you may decide that you want to remove this parent from your life, and that is a valid choice. But for many people, dealing with a problem parent becomes a necessary part of life, for whatever reason. If you're one of these people, this book can help.Written by a psychotherapist and expert in relationships, Coping with Critical, Demanding, and Toxic Parents will help you develop unique assertiveness strategies based on the characteristics of your own family dynamics. You'll learn powerful communication skills to help you build boundaries and put a stop to your parent's hurtful behavior. And, most importantly, you'll learn to advocate for your own needs.If you've "had it up to here" with a parent who makes you feel as though you're just not good enough, this invaluable guide can help you put an end to toxic interactions while maintaining peace in your family.
The Courage Habit
By Kate Swoboda
What kind of life would you live if you didn't allow your fears to hold you back? The Courage Habit offers a powerful program to help you conquer your inner critic, work toward your highest aspirations, and build a courageous community.Are your fears preventing you from living the life you truly want? Do you ever wish that you had a better job, lived in a different city, or had more authentic and nurturing relationships? Many people believe that they would do more, accomplish more, and feel more fulfilled if only they could rid themselves of that fearful inner voice that constantly whispers, "you can't do it."In The Courage Habit, certified life coach Kate Swoboda offers a unique program based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help you act courageously in spite of fear. By identifying your fear triggers, releasing yourself from your past experiences, and acting on what you truly value, you can make courage a daily habit.Using a practical four-part program, you'll learn to understand the emotions that arise when fears are triggered, and to pause and evaluate your emotional state before you act. You'll discover how to listen without attachment to the self-defeating messages of your inner critic, understand the critic's function, and implement respectful boundaries so that your inner voice no longer controls your behavior. You'll reframe self-limiting life narratives that can-without conscious awareness-dictate your day-to-day decisions. And finally, you'll nurture more authentic connections with family, friends, and community in order to find support and reinforce the life changes you're making.If you feel like something is holding you back from landing your dream job, moving to a new city, having a satisfying love relationship, or simply taking advantage of all life has to offer - and if you have a sneaking suspicion that that something is you - then this one-of-a-kind guide will show you how to finally break free from self-doubt and start living your best life.
The Clear Skin Diet
By Randa Nelson, Nina Nelson, Randa Nelson
From YouTube rising stars Nina and Randa Nelson comes the doctor-approved, clinically-tested, low-fat vegan diet that instantly and dramatically transformed their skin.The Clear Skin Diet is the natural and safe solution to banish acne and remain acne-free for good. The vegan diet, developed by twin actors and social media stars Nina and Randa Nelson (whose careers and personal lives were nearly destroyed by out of control acne) teaches people how to naturally conquer acne once and for all.Before they created The Clear Skin Diet, Nina and Randa and-tried nearly everything to deal with their acne-expensive facials, lotions, antibiotics, and other painful procedures. Several doctors told them their only hope for recovery was Accutane. So they decided to try to deal with their problem from the inside out-by changing their diet. Their dietary intervention worked, and there has been no stopping them since. The girls now share the good news about how they achieved beautiful skin without drugs with millions of people across the world, many of whom write regularly with their own heart-warming success stories. The recipes Nina and Randa created for The Clear Skin Diet are based on diets eaten by a variety of people around the world who have no acne in their society, such as Papua New Guinea, Eastern Paraguay, and rural South Africa. The food is healthy, starch-based, low-fat, inexpensive, and delicious. An acne solution and easy diet, all in one.
Choose Wonder Over Worry
By Amber Rae
From the powerhouse Mind Body Green calls 'the Brené Brown of Wonder' comes a self-help book that will reframe the way we look at ourselves and the world, and help us reach our full potential.'Amber Rae is the Elizabeth Gilbert of her generation.' Stacy London, New York Times bestselling author ofThe Truth about StyleWONDER is what we're born with.WORRY is what we learn.NOW IS THE TIME TO RETURN TO WONDER.Why do we hold back from pursuing what matters most? Why do we listen to the voice inside our head that tells us we're not good enough, smart enough, or talented enough? How can we move beyond the fear and doubt that prevents us from creating a life that reflects who we truly are?Choose Wonder Over Worry is your official invitation to face your fears, wake up to your truth, and get to the source of what's holding you back. Journey with inspirational speaker and artist Amber Rae as she connects you with your voice of worry and wonder, teaches you to listen to your emotions rather than silence them, and encourages you to seize your dreams. Through a thoughtful blend of vulnerability, soulfulness, and science, Amber Rae guides you in expressing the fullness of who you are and the gifts you're here to give.You don't have to be held back by Worry when Wonder awaits you every moment of every day.Worry or Wonder: which will you choose?
Controlling Your Mind
By David A. Clark
Stop disruptive, negative thoughts at their root with a new method of mental control from one of the most distinguished figures in the field of CBTOur mind is always active, capable of generating free-floating thoughts that are entirely disconnected from each other and may have little relevance to our current situation. Sometimes these thoughts take on a darker, more negative tone because they're triggered by a stressful or problematic situation. These unwanted intrusive thoughts play an important role in the persistence and severity of anxiety and depression. They often trigger other forms of distressing thought such as obsessive thinking, worry, rumination or pathological guilt. Based on new findings on the nature of mental control, this book targets negative, intrusive thoughts with therapeutic strategies based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). You will learn:· How our minds become unsettled by doubts and unwanted thoughts· Strategies for developing greater willpower and self-control· Control skills for self-discovery, mental de-toxification and mindful self-acceptance· Way to maximise positive intrusions and be mindfully accepting of yourselfPublished by New Harbinger in the USA under the title The Anxious Thoughts Workbook: Skills to Overcome the Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts that Drive Anxiety, Obsessions and Depression
The Compassionate Mind Workbook
By Chris Irons, Elaine Beaumont
There is good and increasing evidence that cultivating compassion for one's self and others can have a profound impact on our physiological, psychological and social processes. In contrast, concerns with inferiority, shame and self-criticism can have very negative impacts on these processes and are associated with poorer physical and mental health. The Compassionate Mind Workbook is for anyone who is interested in how compassion - in the form of ideas and practices derived from Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and other approaches - may help us to engage with, understand and ultimately, try to alleviate suffering. CFT utilises both Buddhist practices and Western psychological science. It draws on neuroscience, insights into emotion regulation and identity formation, interpersonal psychology and a range of psychotherapeutic models. CFT-based interventions can help people with a range of mental health problems develop compassion for themselves, be open to the compassion of others and develop compassion for others.This workbook is a step-by-step guide to CFT, in which the chapters build your understanding of yourself, the skills that give rise to a compassionate mind, and ways to work with whatever difficulties you're struggling with in life. The exercises, prompts and case stories in this book provide an understandable and practical way to develop compassion.
Can't Just Stop
By Sharon Begley
HIGHLY COMMENDED for the British Medical Awards book prize for Popular Medicine'Filled with emotionally resonant stories, Can't Just Stop helps us understand not only the underpinnings of some forms of mental illness, but also the everyday worries that drive so much of our behaviour. A fascinating peek into the human mind in our age of anxiety.'David Kessler, author of Capture: Unraveling the Mystery of Mental Suffering Do you check your smartphone continuously for messages? Or perhaps do the weekly shop with military precision? Maybe you always ensure the cutlery is perfectly lined up on the table?Compulsion is something most of us have witnessed in daily life. But compulsions exist along a broad continuum, and at the opposite end of these mild forms are life-altering disorders.Sharon Begley's meticulously researched book is the first of its kind to examine the science behind both mild and extreme compulsive behaviour; using fascinating case studies to understand their deeper meaning and reveal the truth about human compulsion - that it is a coping response to varying degrees of anxiety.Through the personal stories of dozens of interviewees exhibiting behaviours such as OCD, hoarding, compulsive acquiring, exercise or even altruism, Begley employs genuine compassion and gives meaningful context to their plight. Along the way she explores the role of compulsion in our fast paced culture, the neuroscience behind it, and strange manifestations of the behaviour throughout history. Can't Just Stop makes compulsion comprehensible and accessible, exploring how we can realistically grapple with it in ourselves and in those we love.
The Complete CBT Guide for Depression and Low Mood
By Lee Brosan, David Westbrook
Overcoming app now available via iTunes and the Google Play Store.Depression and low mood affect a significant portion of the general public. Sadly, those with depression often experience other problems such as low self-esteem, relationship problems and sleeping problems. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an extremely effective treatment for depression and low mood and is used widely in the NHS. The companion book to the popular Complete CBT Guide for Anxiety, this practical self-help book contains essential information about the nature of depression and covers a range of topics including insomnia, relationships, bipolar disorder and postnatal depression. It also provides information on some of the latest treatments such as Mindfulness, Behavioural Activation and Compassion-Focused Therapy. The chapters on individual techniques or problem areas are written by the leading experts in that field. Includes individual chapters on: Low self-esteem by Melanie Fennell Insomnia and sleep problems by Colin Espie Rumination by Ed Watkins Relationship problems by Donald Baucom Bipolar Disorder by Warren Mansell Depression in the elderly - Ken Laidlaw Postnatal Depression - Peter Cooper & Lynne Murray Depression and ill health - Stirling Moorey Behavioural Activation by David Richards Compassion - Paul Gilbert Mindfulness - Willem Kuyken & Halley Cohen Imagery - Ann Hackmann & Jon Wheatley
The CBT Handbook
By Pamela Myles, Roz Shafran
Overcoming app now available via iTunes and the Google Play Store.Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT is widely recommended nowadays in the NHS for the treatment of emotional and psychological problems, such as depression, low self-esteem, low mood, chronic anxiety, stress or out-of-control anger. This thorough yet easy-to-read general self-help guide is a must-have for anyone experiencing these common problems. Based on the popular and proven therapy CBT, it is written by two of the UK's leading experts in the field of CBT.It contains:Case studies and step-by-step CBT-based exercises.Based on the very latest research into CBT.Addresses problems associated with depression, anxiety, stress, anger and low self-esteem inindividual chapters.Both for those suffering from these issues and clinicians.
Cry of Pain
By Mark Williams
Suicide presents a real and often tragic puzzle for the family and friends of someone who has committed or attempted suicide. 'Why did they do it?' 'How could they do this?' 'Why did they not see there was help available?' For therapists and clinicians who want to help those who are vulnerable and their families, there are also puzzles that often seem unsolvable. What is it that causes someone to end his or her own life, or to harm themselves: is it down to a person's temperament, the biology of their genes, or to social conditions? What provides the best clue to a suicidal person's thoughts and behaviour? Each type of explanation, seen in isolation, has its drawbacks, so we need to see how they may fit together to give a more complete picture.Cry of Pain examines the evidence from a social, psychological and biological perspective to see if there are common features that might shed light on suicide. Informative and sympathetically written, it is essential reading for therapists and mental health professionals as well as those struggling with suicidal feelings, their families and friends.
By Matthew Johnstone
There are few better ways to consciously slow down and truly engage with your surroundings than when you are armed with a camera. With Capturing Mindfulness, de-stressing and being in the moment needn't be limited to simple diary-keeping and fill-in journals; instead you can capture it with your lens. Bestselling author Matthew Johnstone's latest book Capturing Mindfulness, is a natural follow on from his last book Quiet the Mind which came out in 2012.Matthew has been practicing what he terms 'photopresent' for the last 15 years and believes that next to meditation, this is one of the most creative and enjoyable ways to attain mindfulness in day-to-day life. The very essence of photography; after all, is all about focus and capturing 'the moment'.Matthew is fascinated by light, colour, composition and most importantly how he can see the world differently. For him, having camera in your hands is the reminder to consciously slow everything down from your breath, to your walk, to your thoughts and begin to really observe your surroundings as if seeing them for the first time.Mindfulness photography is about seeing something that no one else can, capturing something that will never happen again and finding beauty where it doesn't typically exist. When we become more consciously aware of where we are, what we're doing and what we're thinking, life can become calmer, more enjoyable and generally more manageable.
By Tina Gilbertson
CONSTRUCTIVE WALLOWING is the first book to cut right to the chase, teaching readers how to accept and feel their feelings with self-compassion for greater emotional health and wellbeing.. while making them laugh from time to time.It's tempting to turn away from menacing, uncomfortable feelings like anger, grief, or regret; but ignoring them makes them fester and linger. By learning to accept and embrace rather than suppress difficult feelings, readers keep their sense of personal power and gain greater understanding and ultimately esteem for themselves. Feeling bad can actually lead to feeling better, faster! This practical book, full of practical insight, humour and compassion will enable readers to get in touch with their whole self, and live fuller, happier lives.Contents include how to:Escape from the trap of self-criticism by taking your own sideUse the T-R-U-T-H Technique to get out from under bad feelings, fastNeutralize old emotions that zap your energy and undermine your happinessAllow painful feelings to let go of you, instead of the other way aroundBreak long-standing relationship patterns by healing old woundsBuild a healthier, more loving relationship with the most important person in your life - you!
Children of Hoarders
By Fugen Neziroglu, Katharine Donnelly
Growing up with a hoarder can be a confusing, painful, and sometimes dangerous experience. And when it comes to finding help for a hoarder parent, many adult children find themselves taking on the exhausting role of caretaker. As the child of a hoarder, you may be wondering what resources are available to you.Written by nationally recognized obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) expert Fugen Neziroglu, a regular on the popular TLC television series, Hoarders, Children of Hoarders explores strategies for communicating with hoarder parents and outlines practical intervention skills. In addition, the book shows readers how to let go of the personal shame and guilt associated with being the child of a hoarder.Using mindfulness, acceptance, assertiveness and validation skills, this is the first book written specifically for adult children of hoarders that focuses on the interpersonal effects of hoarding. Inside, you will learn to communicate with your loved ones in a way that minimizes conflict, while still dealing with the logistical and organizational issues that arise when living with or witnessing hoarding behavior. The book also includes tips for reclaiming living space, strategies for ensuring that the health and safety of residents are not compromised by the hoarder's living conditions, and organizational tactics for sorting through the clutter after the death of a parent who hoards.As the child of a hoarder, sometimes it can be helpful to know that you are not alone. In Children of Hoarders, you will get the support that you need to deal with your hoarder parent, and reclaim your own life in the process.
The Compassionate Mind Approach to Reducing Stress
By Maureen Cooper
Stress is an unavoidable part of life that we will all encounter at various times in our lives, be it due to a one-off event such as losing a job or the break-up of a relationship, or from facing long-term difficulties such as working in a stressful environment or caring for someone who is ill. How well we deal with stress will influence the extent to which it affects our lives. In this ground-breaking book, Maureen Cooper explains why we are designed to respond to stress in a certain way and why this can even be helpful at times. She goes on to explain, using practical examples and techniques, what we can do to change our stress response if it becomes overstimulated, thereby improving our sense of control and wellbeing. This self-help book is based on the Compassionate Mind Approach, which has been developed by Professor Paul Gilbert, a clinical psychologist who is internationally renowned for his research and clinical work on depression. The Compassionate Mind Approach combines proven, research-based Western therapy techniques such as CBT with Mindfulness, Tibetan Buddhist practices and recent research on human development and studies of the brain.
The Curse of Lovely
By Jacqui Marson
Many people's lives, relationships, careers and wellbeing are blighted by the belief that to be liked, loved and accepted they have to limit themselves to the behaviours they believe are approved of by others. This might mean some or all of the following: always being polite, nice, helpful, charming, fun, making people feel good about themselves, not letting people down, never saying 'no', avoiding conflict and putting others' needs before their own. In her 15 years of clinical experience as a psychologist Jacqui Marson has coined the phrase 'the curse of lovely' to describe this growing trend. Many people would like to be known as lovely, but for a growing number of people it can feel like a curse. They feel unable to put their own needs before those of everyone else, and feel that changing this is not an option. This highly practical and motivational book will show readers how to break curse of lovely to live a more complete, fulfilling life. Contents include: when 'lovely' turns into a curse; the lovely child - how it all begins; the different shades of lovely - which one are you?; from curse to gift - how we can still be lovable and get our needs met; but what do I want - how to tune in to what your body is telling you; re-evaluating anger; saying 'no' and surviving; how to instigate scary conversations; and how to replace the personal rules that put you at the bottom on the pile.
Clinician's Guide to Exposure Therapies for Anxiety Spectrum Disorders
By Timothy A. Sisemore
Exposure therapy has amassed a significant body of research and is widely appreciated as one of the most effective therapeutic treatments for anxiety spectrum disorders. Nevertheless, therapists often neglect to maximize this technique because they are hesitant to suggest exposure exercises to anxious clients who may be resistant to facing their fears. The Clinician's Guide to Exposure Therapies for Anxiety Spectrum Disorders offers the solution-an organized manual of specific exposure strategies for the most common fears and phobias. It includes strategies for increasing clients' willingness to participate in exposure therapy and incorporates the most effective therapy exercises from cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, and other modalities. It provides reproducible forms therapists can use to help clients make hierarchies of exposure. Along with exposure strategies, the book features guidance on using exposure therapy in general, including special sections on prolonged exposure therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder.
The Complete CBT Guide for Anxiety
By Lee Brosan, Peter Cooper, Roz Shafran
Overcoming app now available via iTunes and the Google Play Store.A highly respectable and authoritative self-help guide on all the anxiety disorders: generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, panic, phobias, social anxiety, OCD.Edited by three leading CBT clinicians in the UK, this comprehensive guide offers individual CBT-based treatments for a wide range of anxiety problems. Each individual treatment reflects current the treatment in the UK for that anxiety disorder and is written by the clinician responsible for developing that treatment in the first place.Contributors include:Lars-Goran Ost (phobias)Dr Gillian Butler (social phobia - Gillian is the author of Overcoming Social Anxiety & Shyness) Anke Ehlers & Jennifer Wild (PTSD)Nick Grey & David M. Clark (panic disorder)Heather Hadjistavropoulos (health anxiety)Kevin Meares & Mark Freeston (Generalised Anxiety Disorder) Roz Shafran & Adam Radomsky (OCD)An ideal resource not only for those experiencing anxiety problems, but CBT therapists and IAPT workers.
The Compassionate Mind Approach to Building Self-Confidence
By Mary Welford
Many of us have a tendency to measure our self-worth by comparing ourselves to others. But when we fail to reach our own, families, communities or societies 'ideals' this often results in feelings of inadequacy, anxiety and low mood. We may become self-critical, experience shame and a sense of being different from others. Although an improvement in 'self-esteem' is what we may feel we want this is not necessarily what we need. This is because self-esteem is often associated with times when things are going well but can fail us when things do not go to plan. In contrast self-confidence, built from self-compassion, can help us when things are going well and make us more resilient when things are difficult.This book uses the ideas and practices of Compassion Focused Therapy to help build self-confidence. Attention is also paid to difficulties that often come hand in hand with lack of self-confidence such as anxiety, depression, substance use and anger.
The Compassionate Mind Approach to Recovering from Trauma
By Deborah Lee, Sophie James
Terrible events are very hard to deal with and those who go through a trauma often feel permanently changed by it. Grief, numbness, anger, anxiety and shame are all very common emotional reactions to traumatic incidents such as an accident or death of a loved one, and ongoing traumatic events such as domestic abuse. How we deal with the aftermath of trauma and our own emotional response can determine how quickly we are able to 'move on' and get back to 'normality' once more. An integral part of the recovery process is not only recognising and accepting how our lives may have been changed but also learning to deal with feelings of shame - an extremely common reaction to trauma.'Recovering from Trauma' uses the groundbreaking Compassion Focused Therapy to help the reader to not only develop a fuller understanding of how we react to trauma, but also to deal with any feelings of shame and start to overcome any trauma-related difficulties.