The ACT Workbook for Teens with OCD
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN 10: 1787750833
ISBN 13: 978-1787750838
This workbook, based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), teaches teens with OCD new skills to handle the stream of pesky obsessions that show up in their mind.
It presents the Choice Point - a tool to help teens choose how to handle those tricky moments when dealing with unwanted thoughts. Chapter by chapter, teens learn powerful skills to unhook from their obsessions, including exposure exercises and strategies for accepting their emotions, and complete activities to help them overcome their compulsions, avoidant behaviors, and requests for accommodations.
With real-life examples and tons of fun activities, this workbook shows that fears, worry and nervousness are a part of life and gives teens the skills to choose how to respond to their obsessions and move towards the stuff they really care about. Making applying ACT and ERP skills fun, it encourages them to face their fears and live life to the full.
Dr. Zurita Ona has crafted an impressive, easy-to-read, and extremely informative book to support adolescents with OCD. Following an ACT framework, concepts are clearly presented, evidence-based, and likely to be of great help. -- Eric Storch, Ph.D. McIngvale Presidential Endowed Chair & Professor, Vice Chair & Head of Psychology, Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine
If ever there is a time choice is critically important, it's during adolescence--but choice can be particularly difficult for those with OCD. The ACT Workbook for Teens with OCD tackles exactly this. Using evidence-based therapy concepts, Dr. Zurita-Ona beautifully teaches teens how and why to make life-affirming choices that diminish the power of OCD and give rise to a full and meaningful life. A must-read for teens living with OCD. -- Jill A. Stoddard, PhD – Author of Be Mighty: A Woman’s Guide to Liberation from Anxiety, Worry, and Stress Using Mindfulness and Acceptance and co-author of The Big Book of ACT Metaphors
If you are a teen struggling with OCD, this book is for you! Dr. Z. will guide you through simple, engaging, step-by-step experiences to identify what matters to you and learn how to do more of it, turning OCD into background noise along the way. -- Dr. Sheri Turrell, C. Psych, Clinical Psychologist, owner of Life in Balance Therapy, Adjunct Lecturer, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, ACT Trainer, Co-author of ACT for Adolescents
This book is a gamechanger! I have put it on my "must-read" list for my teen clients, their parents, and for any therapist working with individuals with OCD. This gem of a book is engaging, easy-to-read, and contains essential research-based tools to help teens recognize how to use their own strength, values, and their power of choice as weapons against the pain and suffering caused by OCD. I love that it can be used by teens and their families on its own or as a companion guide to use with a therapist. -- - Dr. Allison Solomon, Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist Director and founder of The Virtual Center for Anxiety & OCD
This book should be on every OCD Therapist's shelf! This workbook is such a wonderful addition to anyone trying to help a teen with OCD. It provides a simple and engaging way to view OCD and offers concrete ways to work on it. It is definitely a book I will be recommending! -- Natasha Daniels, LCSW Child and Teen OCD Therapist Author of Anxiety Sucks: A Teen Survival Guide
Dr. Z's teen-friendly workbook introduces the reader to OCD, ACT, Choice Points, and a large toolbox of skills through cartoon illustrations, diagrams, case presentations, quizzes, games and exercises. Engaging and informative, teens will find this workbook helpful in learning to better manage their OCD symptoms. -- Allen H. Weg, EdD, Founder and Director of Stress and Anxiety Services of New Jersey, author of "OCD Treatment Through Storytelling," President, OCD New Jersey
Gives teens the skills to manage OCD in everyday situations using ACT
About the Author
Patricia Zurita Ona is a clinical psychologist. She has written several books on emotional disorders and is based in California, USA.
Louise Gardner is an illustrator, also known as 'ACT Auntie', who combines her love of art with ACT. She is based in Somerset, UK.