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

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

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

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


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The ultimate teen guide to handling all the pressures and challenges of life—your own way!

Being a teen in today’s world is tough. Between school pressure, family, friends, and extracurricular activities—sometimes it can feel like you’re being pulled in a dozen different directions, and none of them are your way. On top of that, you may feel lonely, angry, or depressed; or you may wonder if you’re good enough, smart enough, or attractive enough. So, how can you overcome these self-doubts, and cultivate the strength to face life’s challenges and reach your full potential?

In Your Life, Your Way, you’ll learn how to deal with all the changes and challenges of the teen years—and how to grow into the person you want to be. You’ll learn doable skills grounded in mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and positive psychology to help you form positive friendships, manage difficult emotions, and get unstuck from bad habits. You’ll also learn real tips for dealing with several life challenges, including:

  • Feelings of uncertainty
  • Concerns about your looks
  • Deadlines
  • School/college/work
  • Family
  • Worries about the future
  • Relationship stress

Once you identify your own personal struggles, you can decide how you want to face them—as strong, assertive, kind, honorable, caring, fun, supportive, friendly, agreeable, bold, persistent, or giving.

If you’re ready to take charge of your destiny and face problems head on in your own way, this fun and illustrated book has everything you need to get started today!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684034659
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 09/01/2020
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Joseph V. Ciarrochi, PhD, is a professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at Australian Catholic University. He has published more than 140 scientific journal articles and many books, including the widely acclaimed Emotional Intelligence in Everyday Life and The Weight Escape. Ciarrochi has been honored with more than four million dollars in research funding. His work has been discussed on TV and radio, and in magazines and newspaper articles. He is ranked in the top 2 percent of scientists in the world across all disciplines.

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.

Katharine Hall is based in Wellington, New Zealand. From her wonderful studio in Aotearoa, she tells stories that can translate across language—specializing in ink work and digital designs for individuals, start-ups, and businesses both big and small.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction / How to use this Book 1

Part 1 Building your Skills 5

Chapter 1 Let Your Heart Guide Your Journey 7

Chapter 2 Take Control of Your Life 15

Noticer: Hear the Messages in Your Body 22

Advisor: Use Your Inner Voice 27

Discoverer: Do, Test, and Build Experience 33

Chapter 3 Transform Your Viewpoint, Transform Your World 41

Part 2 Focusing Your Skills 49

Chapter 4 When You Can't Stop Thinking or Worrying 51

Chapter 5 When You Are Anxious or Nervous 61

Chapter 6 Build Strong, Supportive Relationships 73

Chapter 7 Manage Bullies 87

Chapter 8 When You Feel Low or Sad 99

Chapter 9 When You Have Been Hurt, Been Afraid, or Feel Unsafe 111

Chapter 10 When Your Online Life is a Hassle 117

Chapter 11 Develop Authentic Self-Confidence 129

Chapter 12 Become Excellent at Anything 141

Afterword 153

Dial into Your DNA-V Strengths 154

Resources & References 155


Ciarrochi resides in Austinmer, Australia; Hayes resides in Bacchus Marsh, Australia.

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