ACT Matrix worksheet

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What is the theory behind this ACT Matrix worksheet?

The Matrix is a psychotherapy tool used in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy which proposes acceptance of painful emotions and a commitment to make changes based on  what can be controlled is a way to deal with internal struggles. The Matrix is essentially a map that can guide an individual’about the internal and external experiences that can move them towards or away from what they consider the most important.

How will the worksheet help?

The worksheet will provide the ACT matrix that individuals can use to visualise and understand the behaviours that move them towards or away from what matters to them or their personal values. It is important to understand this in order to move towards compassionate acceptance of one’s struggles, develop psychological flexibility and become more mindful of our thoughts and actions.  

How to use the worksheet?

There are four quadrants divided by one vertical line and one horizontal line. The lower right quadrant is for your values and the lower left is for unhelpful thoughts and behaviour. The top left quadrant is for behaviours done to avoid distressing thoughts and feelings and the top right quadrant is for behaviours that can help you move towards fulfilling your values.

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