Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of psychotherapy that uses 6 core techniques to support individuals toward psychological flexibility. In other words being able to respond to the present moment more flexibly, with less distress and difficulty. Using the individuals values as a guide, behaviour is modified to move further toward what is important to them. Thoughts are moved away from the constraints of the mind and observed more curiously. The 6 key processes are detailed in the ACT Hexalflex below and include; Acceptance, Values, Present Moment, Committed Action, Self As Context and Cognitive Defusion. It is a treatment used in the NHS to support patients suffering with psychological distress deriving from living with long-term health conditions. However, it a versatile intervention used to treat many mood difficulties.
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