Acceptance and Commitment Training is a blend of cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and ABA theories of verbal behavior that emphasizes acceptance of one’s thoughts, feelings, and experiences as a normal part of the human experience instead of trying to get rid of them. . ACT therapists ask their clients to identify their values and help them to change their behavior based on whether it moves them closer to or further away from their values. This way, the client can maintain a consistent path towards what truly makes them happy, whether or not they feel like they can.
Mindfulness, values-based behavior, and cognitive defusion (separating the thoughts one is having from their self-concept) help achieve this.
ACT helps individuals align their values with their actions and develop psychological flexibility.
ACT aims to help individuals live meaningful and fulfilling life while managing difficult emotions and thoughts.