The Psychological Record

, Volume 68, Issue 1, pp 119–121 | Cite as

Reflecting on RFT and the Reticulating Strategy: a Response to Villatte, Villatte, and Hayes

  • Yvonne Barnes-Holmes
  • Deirdre Kavanagh
  • Dermot Barnes-Holmes
  • Martin Finn
  • Colin Harte
  • Aileen Leech
  • Ciara McEnteggart
Book Review


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Experimental Clinical and Health PsychologyGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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