Acceptance Commitment Therapy

Hexgon Model

The Hexagon Model in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), also known as the ‘Hexaflex’, is a key framework used for classifying and treating client issues. It is traditionally used to introduce practitioners to ACT and forms the structure of case conceptualization in this therapy.

The Hexaflex model represents six core processes of psychological flexibility that are targeted in ACT. These are:

  1. Acceptance: This involves embracing private experiences rather than avoiding them. It is about acknowledging that discomfort, pain and other private experiences are a normal part of human experience.
  2. Cognitive Defusion: This helps to alter undesirable functions of thoughts and feelings.
  3. Being Present: Involves focusing on the current moment in a conscious manner.
  4. Self as Context: Recognizes the ‘observing self’ or the constant self that is always there.
  5. Values: Identifies what is most important to the individual.
  6. Committed Action: Involves setting goals based on values and carrying them out responsibly.

The Hexaflex model is often represented as a process-based therapy involving manipulation of these six core processes. The ultimate goal of ACT using the Hexaflex model is to increase psychological flexibility, helping clients to better adapt to change, face challenges, and live a life aligned with their personal values.

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