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Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Negotiate Losses and Life Transitions
Stacy Speedlin, Kevin Milligan, Shane Haberstroh, and Thelma Duffey
In this article, we describe the application of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) on clients coping with grief and loss. As a theoretical approach to grief counseling, we examine how ACT’s six core processes can be applied. ACT’s philosophical foundation and six core processes work effectively within the context of the grief counseling session. We suggest ACT strategies for working with clients who have experienced loss.