Downloads

Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • ACT for Anxiety: Brief handout on ACT for Anxiety. Kindly created by Counselling and Psychological Services University of New South Wales. Written by Louise Shepherd with acknowledgments to Steve Hayes.
  • ACT for Depression: Taking charge of low mood/depression. Again created by Counselling and Psychological Services University of New South Wales. Written by Louise Shepherd with acknowledgments to Rob Zettle and Steve Hayes.
  • ACT for relationships: Improving your intimate relationships. Counselling and Psychological Services University of New South Wales. Written by Louise Shepherd with acknowledgments to Dr. Russ Harris.
  • Times Article by Hayes: Introducing the concept of ‘third wave therapies’, Steve Hayes founder of Acceptance Commitment Therapy describes how he came to developing this model.
  • Embracing Your Demons: An Overview of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – By Dr. Russ Harris.  A very helpful, non-technical article introducing ACT.

Defusion

  • Getting unhooked from our difficult thoughts: This brief handout, gives you an introduction to defusion and how to relate to your thoughts in a more helpful and flexible way. Counselling and Psychological Services University of New South Wales. Written by Louise Shepherd with acknowledgments to Dr. Russ Harris.
  • Monster in the mirror: Sesame Street you tube clip which helps illustrate the power of ‘defusing’ from our repetitive and unhelpful thinking.

Mindfulness

Acceptance

  • Tin Can Monster: A guided mindfulness exercise which lasts 14 minutes. Courtesy of Ann Bailey. This exercise is guided exposure, and it can lead to the experience of difficult thoughts and feelings, as you move in the direction of the life you want to live by.
  • Swimming on a mountain lake: A metaphor to illustrate what happens to our valued directions when we struggle with our experiences.

Values & Committed Action

  • Making healthy choices with awareness: How to make choices in the present moment, with full awareness of what we want to stand for. Here is a brief handout that will introduce you to helpful concepts in making choices, now. Counselling and Psychological Services, University of New South Wales. Written by Louise Shepherd. Shared with the consent of the Director of the service.

Willingness

  • My ACT purse: How to carry your thoughts and feelings with you as you move towards your valued living.
  • Mindfulness of Yes:  This is written from an excellent mindfulness exercise by Tara Brach on how to ’embrace’ your unpleasant feelings and say ‘yes’ to them in order to create space to move in the directions that really matter.

Observer Self / Self as Context

  • Ken Wilber – I am Big Mind: Observer self, also known as self as context in the ACT literature, is a very difficult concept for our minds to grasp. We spend most of our time caught up in what we might call our thinking self. In this short video, Ken Wilber gives us a good description of the always present observer self, which he calls the Big Mind.

Self-Compassion

Useful ACT Metaphors

  • Demons on the Boat: Designed by Joe Oliver, it uses the famous metaphor by Russ Harris, to illustrate what happens if we let our difficult thoughts determine our actions.
  • Unwanted guest: Another great animation by Joe Oliver, this time using the famous “Joe the Bum” metaphor. This illustrate the futility of avoidance when we face unwanted thoughts.

Acceptance & Commitment Podcasts