The Practice Of Acceptance Commitment Therapy

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Susanne Carlson THRT 2307 Janice Spencer October 28th 2014 Finding Life: The Practice of Acceptance Commitment Therapy in the Recovery Process Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a recently developed modality of psychological treatment with the purpose of supporting individuals through the process of change. ACT works around the assumption that many psychological difficulties faced by individuals, are rooted in a need to avoid internal experiences (Ekern, 2012). By working on developing a self that is separate from thoughts and emotions, it is thought that an individual can come to realize a more positive self-perception (Ekern, 2012). Focusing on values and committing to action can lead an individual towards a meaningful life (Ekern, 2012). This modality is currently used to assist in the treatment of a variety of clinical mental disorders, and has recently been introduced into treating those living with eating disorders (Ekern, 2012). Acceptance Commitment Therapy is a valuable resource in helping individuals commit to healthier behaviours while also developing a more meaningful life. There are numerous types of ACT, with each one carrying a slightly different focus. Ekern (2012), states that awareness management focuses on an individual’s experience of the present moment. She says that this can work in combination with mindfulness, which is a way to observe thoughts and feelings without making judgments of them. Cognitive shifting is another main type of ACT,
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