Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Combining the Science and Soul of Psychotherapy
by Parr, Annabelle C., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2020, 70; 27739519
Abstract (Summary)

Evidence-based practices (EBPs) in psychotherapy were originally designed to inspire critical thinking among practitioners and to improve client outcomes. However, the emergence of EBPs has also exacerbated the perception of opposition between differing modalities, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic therapy. Using a hermeneutic methodology, this study explores the evolution of psychotherapy, particularly how new theories have arisen in order to address perceived weaknesses in existing approaches. Each theory offers valuable contributions regarding ways to alleviate suffering and increase vitality, yet theoretical differences can create the illusion of opposition. In exploring Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)—a third wave behavioral approach—this study examines the ways in which the six core ACT processes are grounded in behaviorism and align well with depth psychology. ACT offers a balance between a scientific, evidence-based approach and an approach connected to the heart and soul of both client and therapist.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pottenger, Rebecca
Commitee: Jacobson, Gioia, Jacobson, Gioia
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/9(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Behavioral psychology, Cognitive psychology
Keywords: Acceptance and commitment therapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Depth psychology, Evidence based psychotherapy, Evolution of psychotherapy, Psychodynamic therapy
Publication Number: 27739519
ISBN: 9781658496834
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