Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of therapy that combines elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with experiential and mindfulness-based techniques. ACT is considered an experiential therapy, which means that it focuses on helping individuals to process and make sense of their emotions through direct, in-the-moment experience. This often involves experiential exercises and techniques that help individuals to connect with their emotions and to better understand how these emotions are influencing their thoughts and behaviors.
One of the key differences between ACT and CBT is that ACT emphasizes the importance of mindfulness and acceptance, rather than trying to change or eliminate negative thoughts and feelings. This means that individuals who participate in ACT may be encouraged to observe and acknowledge their thoughts and feelings without judgment, and to take action that is consistent with their values, even in the face of difficult emotions.
Overall, ACT has been shown to be a highly effective form of therapy for a wide range of psychological difficulties, including anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. Some of the key benefits of ACT include improved emotional regulation, increased psychological flexibility, and greater ability to engage in values-based behavior.
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