Books and Online Resources We Like

If you’d like to learn more about ACT in your own time, check out our favourite books and resources online.

Books for clients

Stuff That Sucks – Accepting what you can’t change and Committing to what you can

By Ben Sedley

Each of us has thoughts that are painful at times; sometimes the pain is sadness, sometimes worry or anger or shame or grief or some feeling that you don’t even have words for. If you are a young person struggling with your emotions, you do not want to be told that ‘everyone feels like that’ or that ‘you will grow out of it’. You want to feel that your emotions are valid and that the person offering help truly understands how painful life can feel at times. With a strong emphasis on validation and compassion, Stuff That Sucks encourages you to accept your emotions rather than struggling against them. It also shows how to reconnect with what is really important to you, giving you the tools to help clarify your personal values and take steps towards living a life where those values can guide you in your day-to-day behaviour.

Stuff That’s Loud – A teen’s guide to unspiraling when OCD gets noisy

By Ben Sedley and Lisa Coyne

Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

By Sonya Watson & Kathryn Whitehead

Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong: A Guide to a Life Liberated from Anxiety

By Troy Du Frene & Kelly Wilson

The Worry Trap: How to Free Yourself from Worry & Anxiety using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

By Chad Lejeune

The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living

By Russ Harris

The Wisdom to Know the Difference

By Kelly Wilson

Living Beyond your Pain: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Ease Chronic Pain

By Joanne Dahl and Tobias Lundgren

Parenting Your Anxious Child with Mindfulness and Acceptance: A Powerful New Approach to Overcoming Fear, Panic and Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

By Christopher McCurry

Your Life, Your Way: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Skills to Help Teens Manage Emotions and Build Resilience

By Joseph Ciarrochi, Louise Hayes

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