ACT for Worrying, Ruminating and Obsessing with Dr Russ Harris

Course Description

Recorded Webinar – 2 hours
Presenter: Dr. Russ Harris
You will have access to any recordings bought during the sale for 6 months


Clients (and therapists) often get repeatedly caught up in worrying, ruminating, obsessing, fantasising about the life they could have, ‘analysis paralysis’, dwelling on ‘if only’. These covert behaviours (i.e. cognitive processes) are not easy to disrupt. A bit of defusion, a bit of mindfulness: that is not likely to help much with such deeply entrenched and consuming mental habits. Indeed, some clients don’t even want to change these habits: ‘Worrying helps me prepare for the worst’, ‘Ruminating helps me understand myself’. So if we want to help our clients (and ourselves) to change these covert behaviours, we’ll need to come at it from all points of the hexaflex.

In this webinar, you will learn many techniques and strategies to help your clients (and yourself) successfully reduce worrying, ruminating and obsessing (WRO).

You’ll learn how to:

  • First validate and normalise WRO, before gently exploring the costs
  • Help clients become aware of the many ‘payoffs’ (reinforcing consequences) – mostly unconscious – that continually reinforce WRO
  • Understand and explain the purpose of WRO in evolutionary terms
  • Use simple metaphors to help clients see the unworkability of these cognitive processes, and open them to an alternative
  • Overcome resistance to change
  • Use powerful mindfulness practices such as ‘dipping in and out of the stream’ to rapidly disrupt WRO.
  • Teach clients fast, effective strategies to help them ‘prepare for the worst’ or ‘understand who I am’ (methods that are much quicker and more efficient than WRO)
  • Tease out values and values-based goals from beneath WRO
  • Overcome barriers to change, such as the short-term increase in emotional discomfort that often occurs as WRO first reduces
  • Work with WRO in simple, informal ways throughout every session, using techniques such as ‘thought ticking’
  • Modify the popular ‘worry time’ technique from CBT to make it ACT-congruent
  • Utilise a simple strategy to help clients whose WRO relates to a difficult dilemma, tough decision, or values conflict
  • Handling setbacks and relapses
About Your Presenter

Dr Russ Harris: Medical Practitioner – Psychotherapist – Executive Coach 

Russ Harris, author of the international best-selling self-help book ‘The Happiness Trap’, is a world-renowned trainer of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). Russ’s background is in medicine. As a GP he became increasingly interested in the psychological aspects of health and wellbeing, and increasingly disenchanted with writing prescriptions. Ultimately this interest led to a total career change. He now works in two different, yet complementary roles – as a therapist and as a coach.

Since 2005, Russ has run over 600 two-day workshops and provided ACT training for over 35,000 health professionals, including therapists, coaches, counsellors, doctors, and psychologists. He has authored three ACT textbooks (ACT Made Simple, Getting Unstuck in ACT, ACT Questions & Answers), and six ACT-based self-help books, including The Reality Slap, The Confidence Gap, and ACT with Love. His first book, The Happiness Trap, is now the best-selling ACT book in the world – with over one million copies sold, and translations into more than 30 languages. (To download the opening chapter, click here.)

Russ has a unique model for training, which he calls ‘ACT Made Simple’, because it covers so much material in a short space of time. (In fact, he even has even written an introductory text book on ACT, titled ‘ACT Made Simple’. To download the first chapter, click here.) Russ proudly proclaims each workshop a ‘jargon-free zone’ – and bases his training on three core values: simplicity, clarity, and having fun. His highly-acclaimed ACT workshops are brief, powerful, cost-effective and life-enhancing. Participants regularly report not only major improvements in their therapy and/or coaching, but also in their personal lives – and evaluation forms frequently praise his ability to make complex ideas seem very simple. (For examples, go to testimonials).


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ACT for Worrying, Ruminating and Obsessing with Dr Russ Harris

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