This mini e-book collection will give you a closer look at some psychotherapy approaches that are useful for mental illness. You’ll get the info you need to make choices about what sort of therapy to pursue, and you’ll get some self-help tips to put some of the key concepts into practice on your own.
There are 4 mini-ebooks in this collection.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Fundamentals
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) blends mindfulness, de-fusing yourself from your thoughts and emotions, and committing to actions that are consistent with your values. Rather than challenging negative thoughts, like what you might do in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), ACT focuses on acceptance, and allowing thoughts to come and go as they please. It may seem counterintuitive, but when you find out more it starts to make a lot of sense,
This mini e-book will guide you through the basics of ACT, and includes some questions to reflect on and ACT strategies that you can implement.
ACT offers an interesting perspective, and if some of the concepts in CBT don’t work well for you, ACT is a good alternative to try out.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Fundamentals
The mini e-book CBT Fundamentals gives an overview of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), including some of the key concepts and techniques, both cognitive and behavioural. There is also a look at the CBT strategies that are typically used in the treatment of a number of different mental health conditions and psychological problems, such as anger and low self-esteem.
CBT is considered to be an evidence-based treatment for multiple different conditions, as there is a substantial body of research to support its effectiveness. Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s the best fit for every individual, though.
This resource includes a combination of self-help strategies and information that can help you to make a better decision about whether CBT is a good fit for you to pursue with a therapist. Even for people who aren’t interested in CBT as a whole, there are likely some bits and pieces that can be useful for your own self-management.
Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) Skills for mood disorders
Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) isn’t just for borderline personality disorder. The DBT Skills for Mood Disorders mini e-book will introduce you to skills that can be very useful in mood disorders, in the areas of:
- emotional regulation
- distress tolerance
- interpersonal effectiveness.
Since most people with mood disorders don’t end up doing DBT therapy, this is a condensed need-to-know guide to incorporate DBT skills into your overall wellness plan.
PTSD Treatment Options: An Overview
This mini-ebook is written for people who want to know what their PTSD treatment options are. It covers techniques like:
- cognitive processing therapy
- prolonged exposure
- narrative exposure therapy
- eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
There’s also a review of several evidence-based treatment guidelines and an overview of some of the medications that can play a supporting role. This resource is not intended to suggest or recommend any particular form of treatment; rather, the goal is to give an overview of options.
Note: All files are in PDF format.