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The Amazon Search Tool you will find below will help you select and review the books we have discussed in session. Simply make use of the search field to find the title that I recommended to you.

Also see below brief reviews of some very useful publications:

Get Our of Your Mind

. . . . .  And Into Your Life

Steven Hayes Ph.D.

Book Description:

For a scientist committed to empirical evaluation, it is important to show that prescribed materials can be helpful outside the context of a therapeutic relationship, so, generally speaking, we can assure that book like this is likely to be helpful. Several of the specific components in this book have been tested, sometimes in a form very similar to the way you are contacting this material. For example, several studies evaluated the impact of short passages drawn nearly word for word from ACT materials (very similar to what you’ve read) that were recorded on audiotape, read aloud by a research assistant, or were presented to the participants to read. Routinely, these studies focused on the ability of participants to tolerate distress of various kinds, such as gas-induced panic-like symptoms, extreme cold, extreme heat, or electric shock. A few studies looked at the distress produced by difficult or intrusive cognitions, or clinically relevant anxiety. Some were done with patients, others with normal populations. The specific ACT components that have been examined so far include defusion, acceptance, mindfulness, and values. The techniques included exercises, metaphors, and rationales, including several that can be found in this book (e.g., word repetition, physicalizing, leaves on a stream, the quicksand metaphor, the Chinese finger trap metaphor, and so forth). Thus, it seems fair to say that it is known that at least some of what you’ve read can be helpful at least some of the time outside of the context of a therapeutic relationship, when presented in a form similar to the form in which you have contacted this material.

Something Might Go
Terribly, Horribly Wrong:

A Guide to Life Liberated from Anxiety

Kelly Wilson Ph.D.
Troy Dufrene M.A. 

Book Summary

You don’t need a book to tell you this much: Sometimes things fall apart, crack open, and miss the mark. You can plan and strategize and keep your eye on the horizon, watching for trouble. And nothing you can do will protect you from the fact that things might, when you least expect it, go terribly, horribly wrong. If you’re quite anxious about this, it’s not like you don’t have a reason. If you’re very anxious about this, you’re most certainly not alone. In fact, even if your whole life seems like it’s about anxiety, your story is a lot more common that you might imagine.

Well then, if you could just get your anxiety to go away, you could get on with the business of living your life, right? Humm . . .  maybe-or maybe not. Does anxiety need to go away in order for you to live your life fully, vitally, with richness and purpose?

This book approaches the problem of anxiety much, much differently than most. Instead of trying help you overcome or reduce feelings of anxiety, Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong will help you climb inside these feelings, sit in that place, and see what it would be like to have anxiety and still make room in your life to breathe and rest and live-really and truly live-in a way that matters to you.

Although it’s grounded in a research-supported form of psychotherapy called acceptance and commitment therapy, also known as ACT, this small and delightful to read bok isn’t especially technical or stepwise. Rather, the book starts a conversation about why we all sometimes feel anxious and what role that anxiety serves in our lives. It connects the experience of anxiety to the essential experience of human suffering. And then, in sometimes unexpected ways, Things explores some basic ways of being in the world that can change the role anxiety plays in your life.

The Science of Trust:

Emotional Attunement for Couples

John Gottman Ph.D.

For the past thirty-five years, John Gottman’s research has been internationally recognized for its unprecedented ability to precisely measure interactive processes in couples and to predict the long-term success or failure of relationships. In this groundbreaking book, he presents a new approach to understanding and changing couples: a fundamental social skill called “emotional attunement,” which describes a couple’s ability to fully process and move on from negative emotional events, ultimately creating a stronger relationship.

Gottman draws from this longitudinal research and theory to show how emotional attunement can down-regulate negative affect, help couples focus on positive traits and memories, and even help prevent domestic violence. He offers a detailed intervention devised to cultivate attunement, thereby helping couples connect, respect, and show affection. Emotional attunement is extended to tackle the subjects of flooding, the story we tell ourselves about our relationship, conflict, personality, changing relationships, and gender. Gottman also explains how to create emotional attunement when it is missing, to lay a foundation that will carry the relationship through difficult times.


Functional Analytic Psychotherapy:
Distinctive Features (CBT Distinctive Features) 

How to Supercharge the Therapy You Currently Use!

This volume distils the core principles, methods, and vision of the approach. Each FAP principleis presented in terms of its intended purpose and is clearly linked to the underlying theory, thus providing clinicians witha straightforward guide for when and how to apply each technique.

FAP embraces awareness, courage, and love as integral to the treatment process. Part 1 of this volume reviews the history of FAP and the basic behavioural principles on which it is based. Part 2 provides an easy to use step-by-step guide to the application of FAP techniques.

Functional Analytic Psychotherapy is an approach undergoing a renaissance, and this volume uniquely summarizes the full history, theory, and techniques of FAP, resulting in a handbook perfect for clinicians and graduate students with or without a behavioural background.


Authors: Mavis Tsai (Author), Robert J. Kohlenberg (Author), Jonathan W. Kanter (Author), Gareth I. Holman (Author), Mary Plummer Loudon (Author)

Mavis Tsai is a psychologist in independent practice and a clinical instructor at the University of Washington, USA, where she is involved in supervision and research.

Robert Kohlenberg is a professor of psychology at the University of Washington, USA, where he was the Director of Clinical Training from 1997 – 2004.

Jonathan W. Kanter is Associate Professor and Clinic Coordinator at the Department of Psychology, and a Research Scholar at the Center for Addictions and Behavioral Health, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

Gareth Holman is a Graduate Student at the University of Washington, USA

Mary Plummer is a Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice, USA

A Derived Relations Analysis of Approach-Avoidance Conflict: Implications for the Behavioral Analysis of Human Anxiety. 

An Article from: The Psychological Record 

Steven Gannon (Author), Bryan Roche (Author), Jonathan W. Kanter (Author), John P. Forsyth(Author), Conor Linehan (Author)

Derived Verbal Relations:
“Verbally Able Humans & Unconditioned Anxiety”

A Derived Relations Analysis of Approach-Avoidance Conflict:
Implications for the Behavioral Analysis of Human Anxiety

In recent years, behavior analysts interested in avoidance and anxiety have devoted increasing research attention to those instances of fear and avoidance for which a clear history of respondent or operant conditioning cannot be identified (e.g., Marks, 1981, 1987; Rachman, 1991). It is now argued that crucial to developing a more sophisticated account that can accommodate instances of apparently “unconditioned” anxiety is the observation that verbally able humans have been shown to derive relations among stimuli, and that neutral stimuli can gain both eliciting and discriminative functions without direct training with little difficulty (Friman, Hayes, & Wilson, 1998; see also Dymond & Roche, 2009, for an extended review).



The Wisdom To Know The Difference

AndAcceptance & Commitment Therapy
Workbook for
Overcoming Substance Abuse

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) cofounder Kelly Wilson and Troy DuFrene show readers how to use acceptance, mindfulness, and values-oriented strategies, either alone or in combination with a twelve-step program, to overcome substance abuse and permanently change their lives for the better. “The Wisdom to Know the Difference” offers readers a unique path to treating alcoholism and drug addiction through ACT, which has been proven to be clinically effective for the treatment of alcoholism and substance abuse. This workbook unifies the most widely practiced method of substance abuse treatment, the twelve-step program, with an empirically supported psychotherapeutic model, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Each component of this ACT treatment plan has an explanation rooted in basic behavioral science, and readers will learn how these components fit into the twelve steps in Alcoholics Anonymous and similar programs. Written by Kelly Wilson, cofounder of the ACT treatment model, and Troy DuFrene, this workbook is accessible for all reading levels and can be used by those suffering from all forms of substance abuse.


 Michael Stone
Awake in the World

Stone explains that the practices of yoga and meditation are not about escaping reality but about living fully in the here and now, opening to our experience, and gaining access to stillness within the flow of life. The essence of yoga and Buddhist practice is opening the heart—our own and the heart of the world. With that awareness, Stone encourages us to get involved in our communities, to speak out when we see wrongdoing, and to find ways of helping others.


John Forsyth:

Exposure is Therapeutic:

The Single Most Powerful Intervention in the Whole of Psychology

In terms of its effect sizes, ‘exposure’ is the single most powerful intervention in the whole of psychology. And a solid understanding of how to apply it is essential for the effective treatment of anxiety disorders. Yet many therapists and coaches have little or no idea of what exposure is; many others are familiar with the concept but have had little or no training in how to do it effectively.”  

John Forsyth, the world’s leading expert in the use of ACT with anxiety disorders, shows you how to use exposure effectively, efficiently and compassionately, within an ACT framework. So if you work with anxiety disorders, then whatever you do, don’t miss this workshop!

ACT teaches clients how to be with their hurts and do what works—to live well, richly, and meaningfully, without first having to defeat or eliminate sources of emotional and psychological pain. This is often challenging for both therapists and clients alike, and without a solid grounding in the compassionate use of exposure, these efforts can easily fail or backfire.

This 1-day workshop is for health professionals who are already familiar with the basics of ACT and wish to further enhance their knowledge, skill, and clinical sensibilities using exposure-based strategies within the ACT model. The main focus will be on anxiety and fear, but additional attention will be devoted to other sources of pain (e.g., anger).

The workshop will cover traditional cognitive-behavioral (CBT) interoceptive and exteroceptive exposure strategies, and then show how they are modified, framed and applied within ACT. Thus, this workshop will go more deeply into the nuanced application of exposure-based interventions within ACT, and its use in helping those suffering from anxiety, depression, and other related clinical concerns.

The exercises will highlight a gentle and compassionate stance when using exposure strategies in the context of mindfulness, acceptance, and values work. Participants will be encouraged (but never forced or coerced) to engage the material at a personal level, as it applies to their own lives, and then also in the context of their clinical work.