The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Teen Anxiety: Activities to Help You Overcome Fears and Worries Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Teen Anxiety: Activities to Help You Overcome Fears and Worries Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Teen Anxiety: Activities to Help You Overcome Fears and Worries Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Teen Anxiety: Activities to Help You Overcome Fears and Worries Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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Overview

Move past anxiety and discover what really matters to you. Written by three experts in teen mental health, this powerful workbook offers evidence-based activities grounded in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help you cope with anxiety, build resilience, stop avoiding the things you fear, and lead a fuller, happier life.

Anxiety is what we feel when we’re scared about some future event that may or may not happen. When you’re struggling with anxiety your mind is trying to protect you from danger, so it’s busy telling you about all the things you can’t do. Along with these thoughts come a host of feelings and bodily sensations—such as sweaty palms, restlessness, lightheadedness, and stomach aches. But it’s not the anxious thoughts that make anxiety a problem. It’s the actions we take, or don’t take, as a result of these thoughts.

In The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Teen Anxiety, you’ll find helpful alternatives to the ineffective strategies and habits you’re currently using to deal with anxiety, such as avoidance. You’ll find basic information about anxiety to help you recognize what it looks and feels like, mindfulness tips to help you stay in the moment when you feel worried about the future, and tips to help you connect with your own values so you can start putting the important things in life first.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684031153
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Series: Instant Help for Teens Series
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,103,737
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sheri L. Turrell, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in helping adolescents move toward a life that matters. Over the past ten years, Turrell has coauthored two ACT texts, supervised graduate students and mental health professionals, and facilitated workshops internationally.


Christopher McCurry, PhD, is a clinical child psychologist in private practice specializing in the treatment of childhood anxiety. He is clinical assistant professor in the departments of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.


Mary Bell, MSW, RSW, is a social worker in Toronto, ON, Canada. Currently affiliated with The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Bell has had a private practice in Toronto and Singapore. Collaborating with Sheri Turrell, she continues to evolve an ACT approach to working with adolescents and their families. She loves to share ACT with clients and other practitioners.

Louise L. Hayes, PhD, is an international acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer, speaker, clinical psychologist, and researcher collaborating on interventions for adults and young people. Hayes has published research trials using ACT, and is coauthor of The Thriving Adolescent—the book that introduced DNA-v—plus the best-selling books, Your Life Your Way and Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Note to Readers ix

Note to Parents xii

Note to Clinicians xiii

Part I The Basics of Anxiety

Activity 1 Getting to Know Your Anxiety 2

Activity 2 Trying to Control Your Anxiety 6

Activity 3 The Cost of Controlling Anxiety 10

Activity 4 Can Anyone Control Anxiety? 13

Part II How We Misread Anxiety

Activity 5 Comparing to Others 18

Activity 6 What Matters Makes You Anxious 22

Activity 7 Everything Connects TO Everything 25

Part III Noticing Skills

Activity 8 Learning to Notice 30

Activity 9 Noticing In Everyday Life 33

Activity 10 Noticing, Even When Anxiety Shows Up 38

Activity 11 Grounding Skills 41

Part IV You Are More Than Your Thoughts

Activity 12 Watching from a Distance 46

Activity 13 You Are Not Your Thoughts 49

Activity 14 Your Drone's Perspective 52

Activity 15 Watching Thoughts 56

Activity 16 Say Your Thoughts in New Ways 59

Activity 17 Thoughts as Stickies 62

Part V Allowing Feelings

Activity 18 Naming and Describing Feelings 66

Activity 19 Being Willing to Feel 69

Activity 20 Making Space for Feelings 72

Activity 21 Treating Feelings Like Puppies 75

Part VI The You That Matters

Activity 22 Who and What Matters to Me 80

Activity 23 The Me I Want to Be 84

Activity 24 Value Traps 87

Activity 25 "Good Enough" Is Not a Value 91

Activity 26 From Values to Goals 94

Activity 27 Making Moves 98

Activity 28 Making SMART Moves 101

Activity 29 Goal Traps 106

Part VII LLAMA: Taking Action Step-by-Step

Activity 30 LLAMA: Labeling 112

Activity 31 LLAMA: Letting Go of Your Battles 116

Activity 32 LLAMA: Allowing Thoughts and Feelings 118

Activity 33 LLAMA: Mindfully Come Back to the Moment 122

Activity 34 LLAMA: Approach What Matters 125

Looking Ahead 131

Acknowledgments 133

Activity Answer Sheet 135

Notes 137

Interviews

Turrell resides in Toronto, ON, Canada; McCurry resides in Seattle, WA; and Bell resides in Toronto, ON, Canada.

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