Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Interpersonal Problems : Using Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Schema Awareness to Change Interpersonal Behaviors

Description

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Interpersonal Problems presents a complete treatment protocol for therapists working with clients who repeatedly fall into unhealthy patterns in their relationships with friends, family members, coworkers, and romantic partners. These clients may blame others, withdraw when feeling threatened, react defensively in conflicts, or have a deep-seated sense of distrust-all interpersonal problems that damage relationships and cause enormous suffering. This book presents an acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) approach-utilizing a schema-based formulation-to help these clients overcome maladaptive interpersonal behavior. First, clients learn how schema avoidance behavior damages their relationships. Second, clients face "creative hopelessness" and practice new mindfulness skills. Third, clients examine what they value in their relationships and what they hope to gain from them, and translate their values into clear intentions for acting differently in the future. And lastly, clients face the cognitive and emotional barriers standing between them and values-based behavior in their relationships. By learning to act on their values instead of falling into schema-influenced patterns, clients can eventually overcome the interpersonal problems that hold them back.

Details

Author(s)
Matthew McKay, Avigail Lev, Michelle Skeen
Format
Paperback | 216 pages
Dimensions
202 x 248 x 12mm | 460g
Publication date
01 Jun 2012
Publisher
New Harbinger Publications
Publication City/Country
Oakland, CA, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
New
ISBN10
1608822893
ISBN13
9781608822898
Bestsellers rank
66,573