Dr. Russ Harris is an internationally best-selling author, medical doctor, psychotherapist, life coach, and consultant to the World Health Organisation. He has directly trained over 20,000 psychological health professionals in the ACT model (in Australia, Europe, UK and USA), and his textbook for professionals, “ACT Made Simple”, has sold over 50,000 copies. Of the eight books he has written, the best known is The Happiness Trap, which has sold half a million copies, and has been translated into twenty-two languages.
In his late twenties, even though he was a successful young doctor, Russ was anxious, stressed and depressed. Sure, he had achieved many of his major life goals, but he felt his life lacked meaning, purpose, vitality. Sound familiar? When Russ discovered the scientifically proven principles of ACT – how to live by his values, engage fully in life, and let difficult thoughts and feelings flow through him instead of sweeping him away – he was able to cure his depression and powerfully transform his life.
Russ is so confident about the benefits of ACT not just because it has changed his own life, and the lives of thousands of people he has directly worked with, but also because it is based on solid scientific research, with hundreds of published studies supporting its effectiveness. Naturally he wants to bring the power of this evidence-based therapy to as many people as possible, using the simple, practical, and fun style of teaching for which he is famous.
published ACT books
therapists trained worldwide
Russ Harris is brilliant in his ability to sniff out needless complexity and present complex clinical ideas in an accessible way. He has brought his clinical creativity to new methods and new ways of getting to the heart of these issues with clients. That is a great combination and a significant contribution.
Dr. Steven Hayes
Ph.D. University of Nevada
Steve is Nevada Foundation Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of over 35 books and over 500 scientific articles, his career has focused on an analysis of the nature of human language and cognition and the application of this to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering.
Steve has been President of Division 25 of the APA, of the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, and of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He was the first Secretary-Treasurer of the Association for Psychological Science, which he helped form and has served a 5 year term on the National Advisory Council for Drug Abuse in the National Institutes of Health.
Russ Harris is the consummate ACT clinician and a dynamite trainer. He makes ACT concepts easy to understand and implement in real time clinical practice. He has a real passion for ACT work and his training methods are absolutely first rate. I would highly recommend his training system to anyone who really wants to learn the ins and outs of ACT!
Dr. Kirk D. Strosahl
Ph.D., coauthor of The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Depression
Kirk D. Strosahl, PhD, is cofounder of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), a cognitive behavioral approach that has gained widespread adoption in the mental health and substance-abuse communities. He is coauthor of Brief Interventions for Radical Change and other core ACT books. Strosahl works as a practicing psychologist at Central Washington Family Medicine, a community health center providing health care to medically underserved patients. He also teaches family medicine physicians how to use the principles of mindfulness and acceptance in general practice. Strosahl lives in Zillah, WA.