Increasingly adopted by therapists and mental health professionals, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) helps clients to cope with social, emotional and mental health issues by using the six core ACT processes: Acceptance, Cognitive Defusion, Being Present, the Self as Context, Values and Committed Action.
This is the go-to-guide for evidence-based ACT techniques to be used by professionals to help their transgender, genderqueer, genderfluid, third gender and agender clients. It provides the tools to help these clients develop emotional processing skills they can implement throughout their life, from coping with mental health issues and substance abuse, to navigating prejudice and social pressure, to building a career and developing a family.
Alex Stitt has written a truly delightful, comprehensive, thoughtful, and engaging book about working with trans and nonbinary clients in therapy. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - a mindfulness based approach - provides a meta framework for understanding gender, sexuality, and intersectional identities. I have learned so much from Alex Stitt's perspective, about the complexity of gender, the power of relational therapy, and of course, about ACT - a series of skills and techniques available to all clinicians, regardless of your background and training. The tone is deceptively casual, the language is decidedly queer, and the range of tools is broad and comprehensive.
— Arlene Lev, School of Social Welfare, University of Albany, Choices Counseling and Consulting, Author of Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working With Gender Variant People and Their Families
Alex Stitt has accomplished something wonderful; they have fully elaborated the relevance of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to working with gender and gender identity. This book is grounded in cultural awareness of the needs of gender diverse clients with a strong unifying thread of respect for the agency and autonomy of transgender, genderfluid, and non-binary clients.
— Matthew D. Skinta, Ph.D., ABPP, Peer-Reviewed ACT Trainer, Assistant Professor, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL
A courageous volume that leaves no issue unexamined in its goal of modifying and applying ACT to function as a gender affirmative therapy. Never condemning, and yet never avoidant, this book asks practitioners to look deeply within themselves and to embark on a values-based journey to create a space in which the full range of issues in gender identity, expression, and experience can be approached openly, competently, and compassionately. Moving, wise, and effective it rises to the challenge it sets for itself, and invites readers to do likewise.
— Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D., Foundation Professor of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno, Co-developer of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and author of A Liberated Mind.
About the Author:
Alex Stitt, LMHC is a mental health counselor specializing in LGBTQ identity acquisition. Alex has also worked for a neuro-developmental rites of passage mental health program, implementing ACT, CPT, CBT, PCT and horticultural therapy techniques to help young adults develop healthy identity constructs.