Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an updated form of CBT, a so called 'third wave CBT', which focuses much more on the how we relate to what we think and feel, rather than just on what we think and feel as in traditional CBT. ACT has been shown to be effective in treating a range of psychological difficulties including anxiety, depression, psychosis, chronic pain and OCD.

An important part of the ACT process is identifying ways in which you try and control your difficult experiences. For example, through avoiding certain situations or pushing your feelings or thoughts to one side by distracting yourself. In ACT we see this as part of the problem - the more you push the difficult experiences away, the more depleted you feel, taking you further away from what's truly important to you. 

 

The central aim of ACT is to help you clarify what's truly important and meaningful to you whilst teaching psychological skills to manage painful and difficult thoughts and feelings in more effective ways, so that they have less influence and impact on your life. Using mindfulness skills is a big part of this process, in that learning how to step back and observe difficult internal experiences will help free you up to take committed action towards what is important, and thereby building a more rich and meaningful life for yourself.

Other types of therapeutic approaches we specialise in are: