Recently I have been extremely interested in what is called "ACT Therapy". This acronym stands for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Some people might consider consider "ACT" the third wave of Cognitive Behavior Therapy. There has been so much research that has occurred over the past years which can help psychologist, psychotherapist and counselors treat their clients more effectively. These evidence based treatments can be used to address a variety of mental health issues and symptoms. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy tends to emphasize challenging and changing ones thoughts which are causing an individual pain and suffering. We have know for quite some time that most of our emotional experiences are generated by our thoughts. The big challenge for therapist has been to help clients change their thought patterns to improve their sense of well-being. The "ACT" model, tends to focus more on mindful acceptance of emotions. With regards to thoughts the individual is encouraged to lessen the strength of the problematic thought by understanding the positive intention of the thought and even showing appreciation so the thought loses its strength and impact on us. This is for sure an over simplification. This model has several skill strategies which help the individual gain a different perspective and shift their relationship with their thoughts. Mindfulness is an important component of both Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance and Comment Therapy. "ACT", encourages one to identify their personal values which can become a guide, as they direct their actions toward their personal goals. These established goals must be in line with or consistent with their personal values.
Anxiety, Depression and ACT Therapy
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