Clarifying what is most important and involves asking what sort of person we want to be

ACT is focused on a life we truly want to live. It is not about solving problems in the traditional way, it is about changing the direction of the dispute resolution, so that the focus is more about being present and focusing on what we value.

ACT focuses on six processes (acceptance, defusion, self, now, values, and action) that bear on a single overall target (psychological flexibility).

ACT interventions can enter into that space through any of the subprocesses and can move through them in any given order. ACT is also process of Value Clarification.

5. Value Clarification.

Our values provide direction and motivate us to make significant changes. Guided by values, not only do we experience a greater sense of purpose, but also we see that life can be rich and meaningful even when “bad” things are happening to us (Hayes & Smith, 2005, pp. 165)

Values versus goals. Some people may not be clear on the difference between values and goals. Harris explains that goals are a one-shot deal where values are so because they are consistently in our lives as something we hold dear (Harris, R 2013).

The unnecessary amplification of pain stops and the issues clients have been struggling with will begin to diminish. Your clients life will begin to open up and they will gain greater perspective, become more flexible, and see life as more meaningful.

More on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) next week.


  • Hayes, S. C., Pistorello, J. & Levin, M. (2012). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a unified model of behavior change, The Counseling Psychologist, 40,;”>976-1002.
  • Hayes, S. C. & Smith, S. (2005). Get out of your mind and into your life.

Do you need help with issue or problem? Our approach helps gain clarity about your goals, resources, options or preferences and then assistance to make ‘clear and deliberate decisions.’

Tune in for more tips next week… or contact me Shane Smith @ or @


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