Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - Part II of II

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – Part II of II

Self as Context

The concept of observing self or self as context refers to the perception of a universal self that is detached from behaviors and private experiences. It is the viewpoint from which we view our inner experiences (Hayes et al., 2006). It is simply the recognition of a self that notices everything else. Understanding the presence of an observing self is very helpful for clients; as it helps them realize that they exist separate from their actions or experiences.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - Part I of II

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – part I

Acceptance and commitment therapy has its roots in behavior therapy, mindfulness and relational frame theory. It associates psychiatric problems with excessive or improper control of verbal processes, known as cognitive fusion; and the avoidance of private experiences, known as experiential avoidance (Hayes et al., 2006). ACT has been endorsed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as an evidence-based practice. Dozens of studies have been conducted both in the US and abroad that support its effectiveness with a multitude of client concerns.

Mindfulness and Developmental Disabilities

Man doing mindfulness exercises