Before you begin using ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) with your clients, it’s best to have a good sense of the entire ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) model. This includes knowing a variety of core metaphors and exercises you can use and having a working understanding of the basic theory.
The flexibility processes—acceptance, defusion, committed action, self-as-context, values, present moment awareness—are sometime presented as if they were separate. However, they are actually interdependent. Thus it’s important to allow time for a period of growth with the theory and therapy. Lacking a basic understanding of one process could lead to difficulties in implementing other processes, as well as confusion and dead ends in therapy.