Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is known as a relatively young evidence-based practice within behavioural therapy.
In ACT, you learn to focus on things you can influence, such as your own behaviour, rather than trying to control experiences that cannot be directly influenced, such as emotions and thoughts.
This results in an increase in psychological flexibility so that you learn to deal adequately with problems.
ACT is based on 6 core processes:
- Making contact with the here and now
- Defusion ( looking at your thinking)
- Acceptance ( Opening up)
- Self as context (pure consciousness)
- Values (knowing what matters)
- Connected action (doing what you have to do)
"Practice will tell" is a saying that applies precisely to ACT. ACT is a very active form of therapy with a wide range of experiential exercises. Only when you really experience do you know what it is like. Therefore, many methods are used in ACT, such as the use of metaphors, work forms, strategies and interventions.
The first session with ACT has the following purpose
- Building a bond, a good working relationship is crucial
- An anamnesis with a brief case conceptualization
- Obtaining informed consent
- Agreeing treatment goals