Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Eating Disorders. A by Emily Sandoz,Kelly Wilson,Troy DuFrene

By Emily Sandoz,Kelly Wilson,Troy DuFrene

Coauthored through Kelly Wilson, cofounder of recognition and dedication treatment (ACT), popularity and dedication treatment for consuming issues is an entire consultant to treating consuming issues that ambitions the underlying components that gas such a lot consuming issues.

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We would, however, encourage you to hold off answering the question just yet. The next few chapters will bridge dominating perspectives on eating disorders with the goal and purpose of ACT for eating disorders. It is our hope that, by the end of those chapters, you will experience enough of a sense of what it is we value in treating eating disorders to determine whether or not this approach is something that would serve your own values.

For example, it’s not apparent that one can intentionally strengthen the thought I am competent without immediately strengthening thoughts like these: Will they see how competent I am? Will anyone notice my efforts? Does this make up for the times I messed up? What if I’m really not competent at all? If your theory suggests that thoughts like these—distorted or irrational thoughts that overgeneralize, make faulty comparisons, and so forth—cause problems, and it’s possible that trying to change these thoughts actually strengthens them, you have something of a disconnect on your hands.

The therapist allows himself to be moved by that pain and to know that struggle. The client and the therapist come to a shared sense of what hurts and what matters. The therapist gently guides the client in experiencing his pain and his values in new ways and with purpose held a new way. The client experiences a sense of new possibilities and, with it, freedom to build a life he would value. The therapist presents opportunities for the client to stretch out into that freedom. The client chooses direction, commits to action, and returns to that pattern of action whenever he finds himself turned away.

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