Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is considered a subtype of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. ACT uses a mixture of acceptance and mindfulness strategies, working to increase what’s referred to as your psychological flexibility – your ability to think and react adaptively to challenges.

Rather than negating and expelling negative feelings, it aims to teach you healthy ways to accept and manage these emotions, recognising them as a part of life rather than something to be eliminated.

It is a popular approach for assisting with a number of common concerns. Some examples include: behaviour change such as sustainable weight loss, adjusting to change, trauma, overcoming low mood, loss/grief and anxiety. Our psychologists are trained and experienced in delivering Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), contact us for a discussion on how this will work for you. To learn about how ACT could support your mental health, or to find out more about the range of services offered at our clinic, start a conversation with us today.  

Different to Traditional CBT

This approach feels rather different to traditional CBT and incorporates elements of mindfulness, values and acceptance.  The fundamental principle of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is that the problem rests in our struggle for happiness. Many of the interventions in ACT help train individuals to open up and accept their current reality (whatever this may be). Often things begin to feel easier, however the irony is that one must stop struggling to push negative thoughts and feelings away for this sense of peace to occur.

ACT with Positive Mind Works

You can expect sessions to be focused on helping you identify what is really important to you and using this information to guide you. Rather than analysing thoughts you will learn techniques which will change the power these thoughts have over you. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) also offers you powerful techniques that will help you to manage overwhelming emotions as they arise. Whether you’re dealing with bereavement or struggling with anxiety disorders, ACT may be able to help you achieve a greater peace.

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