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Let's Talk About CBT

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: what is it, what is it not and how can it be useful? 


Sep 26, 2018

This episode of BABCP’s Let’s Talk About CBT is all about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT, one of the wider family of CBTs. Dr Joe Oliver, Gary Bridgeman, Dr Graciela Rovner and Dr Eric Morris talk to Dr Lucy Maddox about what ACT is, how it can be helpful, and what it feels like to experience the therapy.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, or about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy here are some resources:

Websites is the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies website and it links to the CBT register of accredited CBT therapists in the UK (or go straight to BABCP also has an ACT special interest group which members can join. is a resource page on Russ Harris' website. Russ Harris has also written books on ACT (see below). houses some of the resources that Joe Oliver refers to in the podcast including some youtube video links. houses some ACT resources for clinicians and has more information about trainings. has some extra resources if you're a therapist feeling in need of support. 


Oliver, J., Hill, J. & Morris, E. (2015) ACTivate Your Life: Using acceptance and mindfulness to build a life that is rich, fulfilling and fun. Robinson.

Harris, R. (2011). The happiness trap. ReadHowYouWant. com.

Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K. D., & Wilson, K. G. (2011). Acceptance and commitment therapy: The process and practice of mindful change. Guilford Press.

Hayes, S. C. (2005). Get out of your mind and into your life: The new acceptance and commitment therapy. New Harbinger Publications.

Jackson Brown, F. & Gillard, D. (2016) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Dummies. Wiley.


Hayes, S. C., Luoma, J. B., Bond, F. W., Masuda, A., & Lillis, J. (2006). Acceptance and commitment therapy: Model, processes and outcomes. Behaviour research and therapy44(1), 1-25.

There are also several podcasts about ACT - if you search for acceptance and commitment therapy podcast you will come up with a few different ones.