The Action Mindset Workbook for Teens
Simple CBT Skills to Help You Conquer Fear and Self-Doubt and Take Steps Toward What Really Matters
Published by: New Harbinger Publications
Imprint: Instant Help
Do you feel like you’ve been living life on the sidelines? This one-of-a-kind workbook will help you take action and get back in the game!
When you think about the future, are you consumed by fear and self-doubt? Do you feel stuck in your life? Does your inability to move forward cause increased anxiety, sadness, or insecurity? It’s easy to avoid or withdraw from the situations that make you anxious or worried—it can feel safer at the time—but the fact is, until you find a way to confront discomfort head on and take action anyway, you’ll remain stuck in a cycle of disappointment and frustration. So, how can you break free, get unstuck, and fully embrace life?
From the authors of Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens—which focuses on managing negative thinking habits—comes this unique resource for teens who struggle with taking action. Packed with simple and easy-to-apply skills drawn from cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), this workbook will help you cultivate an action mindset, reduce worry, and take the steps needed to solve problems—rather than avoid them. You’ll also discover the keys to quieting that inner “voice of doom,” giving up the need for perfection, and managing the difficult emotions that can come with living a life on hold.
With this empowering guide, you’ll learn how to:
- Figure out what’s holding you back in life
- Move past negative thinking habits
- Cultivate a “go out and get it” mindset
- Be kinder to yourself
- Take small “action steps” to move toward your goals
Even the smallest behavior change can make a huge difference. If you’re finally ready to face your fears, the skills you’ll learn in this friendly how-to will empower you to take action and get back in the game of life!
In these increasingly challenging times, kids and teens need mental health resources more than ever. With more than 1.6 million copies sold worldwide, Instant Help Books are easy to use, proven-effective, and recommended by therapists.
“Every page of The Action Mindset Workbook for Teens is jam-packed with facts, fun activities, and science-backed strategies to help tweens and teens acquire all the self-awareness, confidence, courage, and coping skills they need to challenge their own unhelpful thoughts, boost their motivation, deal with stress and anxiety, face their fears, and feel empowered to take action toward their goals. This book is a must-read for every middle and high school student on the planet!”
—Phyllis L. Fagell, LCPC, school counselor, therapist, journalist, and author of the books Middle School Matters and Middle School Superpowers ~Phyllis L. Fagell, LCPC
“Most teens know what they want: A sense of autonomy, accomplishment, belonging, and validation from others. But to get there, it takes both courage and the skills and affirming attitudes required to overcome their fears and translate vision into action. What they, what YOU, will find in this book is the toolkit you need to master these skills and integrate these attitudes into a new sense of who you are.”
—Louis G. Castonguay, PhD, liberal arts professor of psychology at Penn State University, and former president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research ~Louis G. Castonguay, PhD
“The world can seem scary and overwhelming. Many teens cope by withdrawing or shutting down. The Action Mindset Workbook for Teens has readers examine how shutting down impacts their lives, and walks them through action steps that boost their sense of power and resiliency. Chapters like How to Quiet Your Inner Voice of Doom provide teens with coping skills that will last a lifetime.”
—Kathryn Stamoulis, PhD, LMHC, expert in adolescent development ~Kathryn Stamoulis, PhD, LMHC
“It’s never been easy to transition from childhood to adulthood as you navigate complex friendships, build a sense of identity, manage difficult adults, and meet the demands of school. Thankfully Mary Alvord and Anne McGrath have created this fantastic workbook, which brings you the best-tested practices for dealing with life, in an easy-to-follow format. The skills you’ll learn here will stay with you through high school, college, and beyond.”
—Seth Gillihan, PhD, licensed psychologist, host of the Think Act Be podcast, and author of Mindful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ~Seth Gillihan, PhD
“Therapy isn’t an option for everyone, but The Action Mindset Workbook for Teens is. Chock-full of relatable examples, this handy resource helps teens learn, then practice, the skills they need to conquer long-standing counterproductive habits, replacing them with more effective ways of responding to self-consciousness, perfectionism, lethargy, and more. Teenage readers will emerge feeling energized and hopeful, with skills that will serve them well for a lifetime.”
—Dawn Huebner, PhD, parent coach, author of Outsmarting Worry, and coauthor of The A-Z Guide to Exposure and Outsmarting Worry ~Dawn Huebner, PhD
“A superb offering from Mary Alvord and Anne McGrath! Drawing on Alvord’s extensive clinical experience and firm grasp of classic and ‘third-wave’ cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles, they have created a wonderful workbook. Skillfully written to communicate to teens troubled by anxiety, avoidance, or depression, it effectively introduces key concepts and practice exercises. It will facilitate individual or group psychotherapy, but may be explored alone or in classroom settings. Excellent!”
—Kenneth E. Towbin, MD, clinical professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at The George Washington University School of Medicine ~Kenneth E. Towbin, MD
“Alvord and McGrath have given teens an incredible resource for managing difficult emotions. The Action Mindset Workbook for Teens uses approachable language, real-world examples, and practical guidance to help others live a healthier and more fulfilled life. This book is a road map for how to cut out avoidance and change your life through action, and I can’t wait to introduce it to the teens in my life!”
—Regine Galanti, PhD, director of Long Island Behavioral Psychology, and author of Anxiety Relief for Teens and When Harley Has Anxiety ~Regine Galanti, PhD
“The Action Mindset Workbook for Teens is a user-friendly, engaging resource in which every teen will find something helpful. Drawing on key evidence-based tools, young people can learn more about their doubts and fears, change common patterns that hold them back, and become better positioned to pursue what matters most to them. There has never been a more important time to offer young people tools they can really use that build resilience.”
—Mary Ann McCabe, PhD, ABPP, associate clinical professor of pediatrics at The George Washington University School of Medicine, and advocate for youth mental health ~Mary Ann McCabe, PhD, ABPP