Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Living a Life that Matters
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is a behavioral therapy about taking mindful and values-guided action. ACT is defined in terms of a philosophical framework and theoretical processes rather than as a specific technology. ACT is based on Relational Frame Theory (RFT) a post-Skinnerian account for human language and cognition that applies mindfulness, acceptance processes, and commitment and behavior change processes to create psychological flexibility. The aim of ACT is to increase psychological flexibility, that is, to contact the present moment fully as a conscious human being, and based on what the situation affords, changing or persisting in behavior in the service of chosen values.
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Dr. Luisa Canon, IEBI’s clinical director, uses ACT with children experiencing social and emotional challenges as well as adults and adolescents experiencing psychological pain as an inevitable part of the human experience (e.g., stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, weigh management, smoking cessation, divorce, changes in life). The aim of this type of one-to-one training is to teach and promote effective behavior that is mindful and values-driven