ACT

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Who will benefit from this therapy?

  • General Anxiety Disorder
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Substances Abuse
  • Chronic Pain

Acceptance Commitment Therapy

Author of many books, Hayes who works brings a new equivalent to the psychotherapy division with three main conditions; accept, connect, and take action (Hayes, Wilson & Strosahl, 2012). ACT theory in the “third wave” of behaviour therapy is established in behaviourism and is supported by analysis of cognitive processes (Larmar, Wiatrowski, & Lewis-Driver, 2014).

ACT is mainly used for strengthening of psychological flexibility. ACT is for a strengthening of psychological flexibility. The elasticity is the ability to react for own thoughts without hurt them self or play against own values (Lamar, 2014). 

Commitment Therapy, which is a central difference between Beck’s model and the one proposed in the ACT, is precisely the role cognition plays in human functioning. The ACT can be understood as a behavioural analytic response to both the cognitive and existential critiques of traditional Behavioural Therapy. (Hayes, 2004). 

The ACT as many other techniques from the umbrella of the CBT developed in mindfulness corridor and work with familiar movement of researchers and practitioners (Ciarrochi& Bailey, 2008). ACT like other cognition approaches, undoubtedly was inspired by Beck’s philosophy. Also, the behavioural term is well known in ACT practice. (Zettle & Hayes, 1982).

1.Contact with the present moment; to be here and now; connect to the present moment and the surrounding world. 

2.Acceptance; learn and go through pain, and fully experience it without avoidance and trying to fix it. 

3. Diffusion; learn to how to back for the difficult place with make a space between thoughts, memories and flashing pictures. 

4. Self: to be fully aware of its own sensations and judgment of the self. 

5. Values: Knowing what is important for us and what direction we want to take in our life. 

6. Commitment: processes to live fully according to our values. 

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“You have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” ~ Louise Hay


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