Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp 191–192 | Cite as

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders: A Practitioner’s Treatment Guide to Using Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Values-Based Behavior Change Strategies

Georg H. Eifert and John P. Forsyth, New Harbinger Publications,Oakland, CA, 2005, 287 pp., $58.95
  • Beth L. Pearson
Book Review

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is described by Eifert and Forsyth as a third-wave behavior therapy. Rather than focusing on symptom reduction, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy’s main goals are to help clients accept their thoughts and feelings and to live in ways which are consistent with their values. Anxiety symptoms are not viewed as problematic; instead, the struggle to control and master symptoms is seen to be the main source of suffering.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy has been researched and used to treat a wide-range of disorders. In Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders, the focus is on the treatment of anxiety disorders specifically. Within this approach, anxiety is not viewed as something which is negative, nor as something which must be reduced or eliminated. Alternatively, anxiety is viewed as a part of the full range of human experience. In order to lead more satisfying lives, people who experience anxiety should not attempt to rid...

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Case Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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