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ACT Matrix

Functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP) focuses largely on the therapeutic relationship and the interpersonal behaviors that occur in sessions. FAP therapists pay special attention to identifying clinical relevant behaviors — behaviors that take place in sessions and exemplify the client’s real-life problematic behavior (termed CRB1), and the client’s real-life improved behavior (termed CRB2).  These are the “away moves” and “toward moves” clients engage in during sessions.

Values clarification is a critical part of  any psychotherapy session. It may be more challenging for some teens than others, to get in touch with what matters to them. For those who struggle, clinical psychologist Sheri Turrell, PhD, and social worker Mary Bell, MSW, suggest a number of options.

Last week we introduced the ACT matrix, the diagram that forms the foundation of ACT training and treatment, and does so by prompting the user to notice the difference between five-senses experiencing and mental experiencing; and the difference between how it feels to move toward stuff that’s important and how it feels to move away from stuff inside, like anxiety or guilt.

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