Life is often busy, demanding, and full of challenges that can cause us to lose sight of what really matters. The Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Journal is designed to help individuals to focus on the things that are most important to them by identifying personal values and putting them centre-stage where they can best guide actions and decisions. Taking the form of a 12-week course of structured self-development, with ACT-informed guidance, reflection exercises, goal-setting tasks, and inspirational quotations throughout, it is especially helpful for those currently engaged in ACT and other forms of brief therapy and/or coaching. However, the principles and lessons are relevant to anyone seeking to increase their personal wellbeing and build psychological flexibility—the ability to connect fully with experiences, including difficult thoughts and feelings, and pursue an authentic life.
Freddy Jackson Brown is a registered and chartered clinical psychologist with twenty years’ experience working with children and families in the NHS. He has published articles and chapters and is the author of Get the Life You Want (2013) and ACT for Dummies (2016). Olivia Donnelly is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at North Bristol NHS Trust. She has a background in providing support to people with physical health conditions and body image distress, and a longstanding interest in using mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches to enhance people’s wellbeing and confidence. Nic Hooper is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of the West of England (UWE), and has sat on the board of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science. He is lead author of The Research Journey of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (2015) and The Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Diary.