Sunday, April 18, 2021

Using metaphors to help our patients understand mental health problems

The use of metaphors is common when using Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) as a counseling approach or framework. It’s a wonderful way to explain an abstract idea or concept.

I often like to remind patients from time to time that having the ability to fuse and defuse from our thoughts and feelings, is like having a clutch to shift gears for better flexibility and adaptability.

It’s an area in Medicine that Doctors can apply a bit of creativity to their thinking.

Do you have a favorite “metaphorical truths” that you love to use when explaining mental health issues?

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