Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Defusion Worksheet

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What is the theory behind this Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Defusion Worksheet?

Acceptance and Commitment therapy is a type of Cognitive Behavioral therapy that aims to help individuals overcome negative thoughts by altering the way they relate to it. Instead of focusing on changing the content of the thought, ACT believes in mindful acceptance of the thought so that it is easier to focus on letting it go. When individuals become too focused on an unhelpful thought, ACT proposes the use of Cognitive defusion techniques to allow oneself to deter their connection with that thought till it no longer causes any harm. 

How will the worksheet help?

The worksheet will list down some cognitive defusion techniques that can help individuals change the way they relate to their negative thoughts instead of focusing on the content of the thoughts and letting it define their experiences. The point is to help individuals be silent observers of their thoughts rather than active engagers. 

How to use the worksheet?

This worksheet can be given to clients undergoing Acceptance and Commitment therapy to provide them with useful activities that they can practise to achieve cognitive defusion. Feedback can be taken in proceeding sessions regarding the implementation and effectiveness of the techniques.

You can download this worksheet here.

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