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Running head: ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY1Acceptance and Commitment TherapyWhitney HarrisBaker College
ACCEPTANCE AND COMMIMENT THERAPY2ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPYI.INTRODUCTIONChange, pain, and death are only a small amount things that will happen throughout a person’s life that no one has control over. So what happens when these things arise? They must be accepted and dealt with. Acceptance means understanding that a problem exists and learning how to cope and deal with the issue in the way that best suits your needs. Noted author, lawyer, and inspiration speaker Iyanla Vanzant stated in her book, 21 days to forgive everyone for everything, “Acceptance does not mean you agree with, condone, appreciate, or even like what has happened. Acceptance means that you know regardless of what happened that there is something bigger than you at work. It also means that you are okay and that you will continue to be okay (Vanzant, 2017).” This thought is the basis of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. II.ABOUT ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY Acceptance and Commitment therapy is a mindful-based therapy that falls under the umbrella of behavior therapy. Mindfulness requires a person to present and aware of the ways things are in the now. This type of therapy also requires that the client learns to fully accept the issues that arise in their life and let go of the obstacles that accompany the issues (Corey, 2017). Unlike other types of behavioral therapies, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy does not focus on changing the client’s thoughts. This form of therapy causes the client to accept all of their thoughts, including the maladaptive thoughts and learning to accept these thoughts instead of letting their thoughts define them. When using this type of therapy, the therapists must consider the client’s value and belief system. This aids in helping