Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Couples
A Clinician’s Guide to Using Mindfulness, Values, and Schema Awareness to Rebuild Relationships
Context Press 2017
In this episode, cross-posted from the podcast Psychologists Off The Clock, Dr. Yael Schonbrun discusses common struggles in adult romantic relationships with Dr. Avigail Lev, co-author (with Matthew McKay) of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Couples: A Clinician’s Guide to Using Mindfulness, Values, and Schema Awareness to Rebuild Relationships (Context Press, 2017). Dr. Lev discusses how early childhood experiences contribute to the development of schemas that can negatively impact our approaches to relationships. She explores how we can use concepts available in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to improve our relationship selves. Dr. Lev uses a combination of evidence-based treatment approaches to help individuals and couples struggling with painful relationships. In this episode, you will hear ideas and strategies you can use to deepen your own relationships.
Dr. Lev (Avigail, or Abby) specializes in integrating acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) with schemas therapy to address interpersonal problems and unhelpful patterns in relationships. Avigail is the coauthor of three books on ACT for interpersonal problems (see below). Go to Avigail’s website to find out more.