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ACT and RFT in Relationships

ACT and RFT in Relationships
Helping Clients Deepen Intimacy and Maintain Healthy Commitments Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Relational Frame Theory

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About the Book

Even if you are not a couples therapist, chances are you have dealt with clients whose problems are based in relationship issues. In order to successfully treat these clients, you must first help them understand what their values are in these relationships, and how their behavior may be undermining their attempts to seek intimacy and connection.

Combining elements of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and relational frame theory (RFT), ACT and RFT for Relationships presents a unique approach for therapists to help clients develop and experience deeper, more loving relationships. By exploring personal values and expectations, and by addressing central patterns of behaviors, therapists can help their clients establish and maintain intimacy with their partner and gain a greater understanding of their relationship as a whole.

ACT is a powerful treatment model that teaches clients to accept their thoughts, identify their core values, and discover how these values are extended to their relationships with others. RFT focuses on behavioral approaches to language and cognition, and can help clients identify their own expectations regarding relationships and how they might communicate these expectations with their loved ones more effectively.

This book aims to shed light on the thought processes behind intimate relationships-from the attraction phase to the end of intimacy-from a functional, contextual perspective.

Authors

JoAnne Dahl, PhD, is professor of psychology at Uppsala University, Sweden. JoAnne is a clinical psychologist specializing in behavior medicine. She is coauthor of the The Art and Science of Valuing in Psychotherapy, Acceptance and... Read more

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Ian Stewart, PhD, is a faculty member in the School of Psychology at the National University of Ireland Galway. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers in the areas of Relational Frame Theory and derived relations and is a co-author and/or co-... Read more

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Christopher Martell is Clinical Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and a clinical research consultant. He is co-author of “Overcoming Depression One Step at a Time.”

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Jonathan S. Kaplan, PhD,, is a clinical psychologist and founder of UrbanMindfulness. org,. He specializes in the application of mindfulness and meditation to psychotherapy and maintains a private practice in New York City where he provides... Read more

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Robyn D. Walser, PhD, is associate director of the National Center for PTSD Dissemination and Training Division, and associate clinical professor in the department of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. As a licensed clinical... Read more

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Praise

“This is a fascinating account of love from the perspective of modern behavioral analysis. This book will get you thinking about yourself, your partner, and love in ways that you probably haven't thought of before. It brings scientific illumination to the candle lights of intimacy.”
-Andrew Christensen, PhD, is professor of psychology at UCLA, a cofounder of integrative behavioral couple therapy, and author of Reconcilable Differences

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