Coaching with ACT


Why Coaching with ACT (Acceptance Committment Therapy)?

ACT is an evidence-based approach which helps individuals gain Psychological Flexibility by providing them with the tools to pursue valued life directions even when this means facing up to stress and anxiety.

In the work setting, psychological flexibility has been shown to be predictive of:

  • job performance 
  • attitudes toward learning new skills 
  • job satisfaction 
  • lower absenteeism

Furthermore, ACT has successfully improved acceptance and engagement with a work redesign intervention (Bond et al., 2008), and has reduced both workplace stress (Flaxman & Bond, 2010b; 2010a) and burnout (Vilardaga et al., 2011).

An ACT intervention has been shown to reduce absenteeism in those considered at risk for long-term disability (Dahl, Wilson & Nilsson, 2004). ACT has been applied in order to improve workplace safety (Moran, 2015) and crisis-resilience (Moran, 2010).

A number of practitioners have developed ACT-based protocols to help with procrastination (Scent & Boes, 2014)*

* from “Contextual behavioural coaching: An evidence-based model for supporting
behaviour change” – Lee Hulbert-Williams, Kevin Hochard, Nick Hulbert-Williams, Rob Archer, Wendy Nicholls & Kelly Wilson – 2016


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ACT Matrix

What is the ACT Matrix?

The Matrix is a fun, dynamic, engaging and practical tool to increase psychological flexibility. It’s constructed together in the coaching session, it’s based on values and individual goals. It basically helps individuals get unstuck from unhelpful patterns of behaviours by focusing on values and workable goals.

I was lucky enough to learnt the Matrix in 2017 directly by Benjamin Schoendorff, University of Quebec, and I have been using it since both in therapy and in coaching. A real gem!