ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT)
Effective treatment for anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions
What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT empowers people by teaching them to embrace their thoughts and feelings as opposed to fighting them. It is a mindfulness-based behavioural therapy that has proven to be effective in treating a wide range of conditions.
How does ACT work?
ACT, pronounced as the word ‘act’, helps people accept what is out of their control and commit to actions that lead to a more meaningful life. Part of this process is to help you discover and clarify what's really important to you. These core values then serve as a guide to help you live your life in accordance with these values.
Combined with Mindfulness Training, ACT encourages people to focus on the here and now. ACT has proven to be effective in treating:
- Eating disorders
- Substance abuse
- Chronic pain
Short history of ACT
Steven C. Hayes developed ACT in 1986. The focus is on being fully present in the here and now and choosing responses that align with your personal values. Mindfulness is one of the main tools, designed to teach people to be in the present and increase awareness rather than function on autopilot.