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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy


Definition: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a behavioural-focused psychological flexibility treatment or therapy which was developed by Steven C. Hayes in the 1980s. ACT is a process-based therapy, that looks to alter the context/relationship with behaviours (which include thoughts, images, emotions, sensations, memories, urges, actions etc.) to help people move from a rigid, narrow repertoire of behaviour that is under aversive control, to engage in a broader, flexible range of behaviour, that leads to increased meaning, purpose and vitality in life.
ACT uses a diagnostic tool called the "Hexaflex" which is a six-sided psychological flexibility tool.


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