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Author: Russ Harris, MD

Russ Harris MD, received his medical degree in 1989, from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He migrated to Australia in 1991, and set up practice as a GP in Melbourne.

As a GP he became increasingly interested in the psychological aspects of health and well-being (and increasingly disenchanted with writing prescriptions). Ultimately this interest led to a total career change, and he now works in two different, yet complementary roles: as a therapist and as a life coach.

Over the years, he has trained in many types of therapy and coaching, but when he discovered Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a unique and creative mindfulness-based behavioral therapy, he was so deeply impressed that he immediately went to the U.S.A. to train with its creators, Steve Hayes, Kelly Wilson, and Kirk Strosahl. Since then, he has been back many times, and is now an internationally-renowned ACT trainer.

His ACT-based self-help book, The Happiness Trap, is a best-seller, now published in over twenty-two countries and seventeen different languages.

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'. He proudly proclaims each workshop a 'jargon-free zone' - and bases his training on three core values: simplicity, clarity, and having fun.

Since 2005, Russ has traveled all around Australia, and internationally, providing workshops and training for a wide variety of health professionals, from coaches and counselors, to psychologists and psychiatrists. His highly acclaimed ACT workshops are typically 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.


Courses By Russ Harris, MD:

  Title Credits
3661929 The Reality Slap: Finding Peace and Fulfillment When Life Hurts 8
5127592 ACT Made Simple: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 11