Ben Sedley (Author) Ben Sedley is an experienced clinical psychologist and ACT therapist with fifteen years' experience in both primary health centres and community mental health teams in New Zealand and London, working with children, adolescents, adults and families facing mental health difficulties. Currently, Ben works as a Clinical Practice Advisor at Victoria University of Wellington, and well as maintaining a private practice two days per week. Ben wrote a PhD dissertation examining children and young people's understandings of mental health, which has helped guide him on the best ways to explain mental health concepts and ACT to young people. His book Stuff that Sucks has received praise from young people, parents and clinicians around the world and was included in the UK Reading Well programme, which has led to it being recommended by GPs across England. Since the release of that book, Ben has also been active in running workshops across New Zealand and Australia introducing ways to use ACT with young people and will be a trainer at the Melbourne ACT Like a Pro Bootcamp in August 2018. Ben was the coordinator of the Wellington ACT Special Interest Group for 7 years and was Programme Chair and conference coordinator for the Australia and New Zealand ACBS Conference in 2015. In 2010, Ben completed a Victoria University of Wellington course in writing for children.Lisa Coyne (Author) Lisa Coyne, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, part-time, at Harvard Medical School, and is a senior clinical consultant at the Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.) at McLean Hospital. She is also an associate clinical professor at Suffolk University in Boston, a licensed clinical psychologist, and an internationally recognized acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer. Dr Coyne has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters on anxiety, OCD, and parenting. She is the author of The Joy of Parenting, a book for parents of young children.
'Sedley and Coyne are two experts who have written a terrific guide for teens with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). They walk the reader through how to understand obsessions and compulsions, and how to use exposure and response prevention (ERP) and acceptance-based strategies to better manage these unpleasant experiences. What's unique about this book is how well the authors speak to their young readers; engaging them with personal accounts of OCD and abundant illustrations. If your teen with OCD is having difficulty engaging with treatment, this is the book for them!' - Jonathan Abramowitz, PhD, professor in the department of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and author of Getting Over OCD'Stuff That's Loud is a book I wish teen me had. It's written in a comforting and encouraging way by clinicians that get OCD, and its treatment. But more than this, it's a book about exploration and invention of the life you want to live. If you are a teen with this book in your hands, I hope it helps you work through OCD and create the life you want, filled with all the fun, meaning, and adventure possible' - Stuart Ralph, author of The OCD Stories'Coyne and Sedley have come up with some 'stuff that's great' for teens grappling with OCD. Stuff That's Loud offers its readers easy-to-understand therapeutic concepts in a tone that is both credible and compassionate. The book acknowledges how painful unwanted thoughts and rituals can be, but rather than dwell on this, the authors consistently bring the reader back to a focus on the wonderful potential teens have when they learn to relate to their OCD differently' - Jon Hershfield, MFT, author of Overcoming Harm OCD and When a Family Member Has OCD'Helping a teenager manage OCD isn't easy. There just aren't many resources to help them understand OCD in a relatable way. Stuff That's Loud successfully demystifies OCD, clues kids into what's going on with their brains, and, most importantly, helps them find a way to fight back. The book is everything OCD hates: Insightful. Supportive. Challenging. Encouraging. I highly recommend it' - Chris Baier, parent of a teen with OCD, and producer of the award-winning UNSTUCK