Author(s): STROSAHL KIRK
In therapy, it is essential for both clinicians and their clients to pay attention to each moment in-session as an opportunity to create change. In addition, clients must be willing to experience pain in the present moment in order to make lasting change and begin to live according to their values. But staying in the moment is harder than it sounds. Inside This Moment offers a powerful skill set for learning to live in the now-even when it hurts. To help you and your client make the most of your time in treatment sessions, this book includes clinical examples of working with clients via self-related processes, and offers tips for what to do when faced with certain non-verbal and verbal client behaviors, such as: *looking away or down *body positioning *respiration rate *giving general answers to specific questions *changing the topic *forgetting what was asked *repeating oneself over and over *changes in rate of speech *voice volume You'll learn that you don't need to go looking for radical change opportunities-but rather that the opportunities are transpiring right in front of you. This book will allow you to relax and trust in the power of the "now" in your therapy sessions.
There are several reasons why I feel this book is a significant contribution to our field. First, as a longtime practitioner who uses the notion of present moment in my work with clients, the authors have cleared up a sticky concept that I have struggled with that is, what is actually meant by the present moment. They do so in a way that covers its function, rather than a topographical description. For example, they clearly indicate that mindfulness practice is not the only way to contact the present moment. Second, there s a constant theme throughout the book in which either theory, research findings, and methods are described and then related to clinical practice. In particular they emphasize what happens during the therapy session a topic of particular interest and importance from my perspective. Third, they cover a topic close to my heart in which they ask the clinician to use the same methods applied to clients to heal themselves. Fourth, their approach is coherence with contextual behavioral science. Finally, the authors keep their eye on the ball of providing an approach that clinicians can use by detailing how-to application to common clinical problems. I highly recommend this book. Robert J. Kohlenberg, PhD, ABPP, professor of psychology at the University of Washington, cofounder of functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP)"
Kirk Strosahl, PhD, is cofounder of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), a cognitive behavioral therapy that has gained widespread adoption in the mental health and substance abuse community. He is author of numerous articles on the subjects of primary care behavioral health integration, using outcome assessment to guide practice, and strategies for working with challenging, high-risk, and suicidal clients.