Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) is a branch of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy that has developed over the last 20 years, with a strong focus not just on the impact of negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours but upon the workability of those cycles – that is, how helpful are those cycles in moving you towards a quality of life that is centred around what most matters to you, what your values are and what is most important.

It can be extremely difficult not to get caught up in the constant whirlwinds of our thoughts or the emotional storms that go on inside of us – for many of us, it is our thoughts and emotions that cause us struggle and drive our actions, rather than a free choice mindfully made according to what we value in life.  Mindfulness is one of the approaches utilised in this therapy, along with a range of strategies that aim to help you to create some distance from the struggle, so that you can develop ways of living with the difficulties that life can throw at you.  ACT does not aim to eliminate painful experiences but tries to develop resilience and flexibility so that you can live a meaningful life, which empowers you, even in the face of ongoing challenges.