I believe that the goal of therapy is to attempt a fundamental shift in perspective, a shift to a different way of relating to personal experience. To develop psychological flexibility, I incorporate in my therapy sessions exercises and intervention protocols in line with the core principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy These address the language processes that are thought to be involved in psychopathology and its amelioration, and conceptually underpin Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with the idea that psychological distress arises as a result of excessive emotional control and continued experiential avoidance, which fosters psychological rigidity and prevents us from behaving in accordance with our own core values. Instead of focusing our attention on changing or disputing problematic thoughts and difficult emotions we try instead to switch our attention to acceptance, effective action, cognitive diffusion, and values emphasizing the importance of mindfulness in the whole process. Although we find traditional behavioral therapy techniques, including cognitive therapy and behavioral analysis, incorporated into acceptance and commitment therapy, it differs from traditional approaches in that the focus is not on thoughts but on changing our relationship with private experiences (including thoughts, emotions, memories and physiological reactions) to free ourselves from them when they get in the way of experiencing a vital life. The goal of therapy is therefore to help people overcome ineffective patterns of behavior that prevent them from achieving a better quality of life.
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