Acceptance And Commitment Therapy ( Act )

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Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a relatively new form of therapy derived from a combination of cognitive and behaviour interventions, which are constructed on empirical evaluation of communication and cognitions (Hayes, 2004).
The aim of this essay is to analyse and discuss ACT and its relevance as a psychological intervention. To do this insight into the process of ACT will be provided, the core values that promote resilience in ACT will be critically reviewed, and the goals of ACT in a counselling setting will be identified and reflected upon. Through insight provided and the evaluation and analysis of ACT, an informed opinion will be constructed as to its usefulness and effectiveness as a psychological intervention.

Although ACT emerged in the 1980s, it wasn’t till 2005 that awareness and its popularity grew (Bach, & Moran, 2008). ACT was initially constructed as a substitute to the more classical forms of psychotherapy (Flaxman, Blackledge, & Bond, 2011). Rather than focusing on the reduction of indifferent cognitions and emotions, which is a primary focus in psychotherapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), ACT looks at the possibility of increasing effective and progressive behaviours (Flaxman, et al., 2011). The contrast however between ACT and a psychotherapy such as CBT is that the therapist doesn’t focus on the presence or altering the unlikable emotions and thoughts of individuals, however they do in fact decrease through the ACT process…
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