What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a type of cognitive behaviour therapy that teaches clients to notice and accept their thought processes. ACT is thought to work by helping people accept difficult emotions and avoid ‘over thinking’ these experiences. Over thinking occurs when people focus on their ‘self talk’ rather than the experiences themselves. ACT focuses on 3 areas:
Accept your reactions and be present
Choose a valued direction
What are the Benefits of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?
ACT encourages people to accept their reactions and to experience them without trying to change them. Once the person has done this, they are encouraged to respond to situations in ways that are consistent with their life goals. They are then encouraged to put those choices into action. ACT provides strategies that assist clients in finding meaning and purpose and can be used to address a range of clinical conditions including OCD, workplace stress, chronic pain and PTSD.
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