ACT for PTSD Worksheet
What is the theory behind this ACT for PTSD worksheet?
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy has proven to be an effective treatment for PTSD and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. ACT can help people with PTSD deal with the range of negative emotions that they experience and improve their quality of life by focusing on value-driven behaviour and encouraging psychological flexibility. The goal of ACT is not to just reduce symptoms but help individuals live a meaningful life despite their emotional challenges and difficulties.
How will the worksheet help?
The worksheet will provide a mindfulness exercise called ‘Cloud in the Sky’ ’used in Acceptance and Commitment therapy for people with PTSD. Learning to focus on the present moment is a fundamental skill taught in ACT which is particularly helpful in recovery for trauma survivors.
How to use the worksheet?
This worksheet can be used as a client handout for practising the ‘Clouds in the Sky’ mindfulness technique at home after fully understanding it and repeated practice sessions under guidance of their ACT therapist. It can help the client remember the process and its purpose.
You can download this worksheet here.
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Wharton, E., Edwards, K. S., Juhasz, K., & Walser, R. D. (2019). Acceptance-based interventions in the treatment of PTSD: Group and individual pilot data using acceptance and commitment therapy. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 14, 55–64.