Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Lloyd, Joda and Bond, Frank W.. 2015. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. In: Stephen Palmer, ed. The Beginner's Guide to Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition. Sage, pp. 87-97. ISBN 0857022350 [Book Section]

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Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is best described as a contextual cogni¬tive behaviour therapy (CBT). Contextual CBTs are a recent addition to the cognitive behavioural tradition and are distinct from earlier approaches (e.g. Beck’s cognitive therapy) in both their proposed mechanisms of change and core therapeutic techniques. Whilst earlier forms of CBT focus on changing the content, form or the frequency of people’s difficult or challenging internal experiences (e.g. thoughts, feelings, physiological sensa¬tions, images and memories), contextual CBTs seek to alter the psychological context, or perspective, in which people approach these experiences. Thus, rather than focusing on challenging and disputing problematic thoughts and feelings, contextual CBTs encourage people to approach those internal events from a mindful and open perspective. In so doing, these unwanted events are less likely to overwhelm them and determine their actions.

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2 April 2015Published

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29 Apr 2015 20:03

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