Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT - pronounced as one word) is a mindfulness-based behaviour therapy. Mindfulness means to consciously pay attention to your here-and-now with flexibility, openness and curiosity.
ACT assumes that the psychological processes of a normal human mind are often destructive and create psychological suffering for us all, sooner or later. Symptom reduction is not a goal of ACT (although this can often happen), based on the view that ongoing attempts to “get rid of symptoms” can create psychological problems in the first place. The term “acceptance” in ACT means opening up to and making room for painful feelings, sensations, urges and emotions.
The goal of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is to help the client create a rich and meaningful life, while accepting the pain that inevitably goes with it. So this type of psychological therapy is about taking effective action guided by our deepest values, in which we are fully present - head, heart and feet engaged in life.
If you wish to know more about ACT please Download the Overview of ACT (PDF)
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