Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

What is ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a powerful and effective approach that helps you embrace your thoughts and feelings rather than fighting or feeling guilty about them. The core idea of ACT is to help you live a meaningful life by aligning your actions with your core values. While using ACT, you will work on developing psychological flexibility, which is the ability to stay present in the moment, open to your experiences, and committed to taking actions that lead to a rich, fulfilling life. Through acceptance, you can begin to embrace your inner experiences, including thoughts, feelings, and memories, without trying to change them. By learning to accept what you cannot control and committing to actions that enrich your life, ACT provides a pathway to a more fulfilling and purposeful existence. 

Strive Counselling's  ACT provides a pathway to a more fulfilling and purposeful existence.<br />

What can ACT help with?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a versatile and evidence-based therapeutic approach that focuses on helping individuals accept their thoughts and feelings, commit to meaningful actions, and achieve psychological flexibility. Here are some of the key areas where ACT can be particularly effective:

Psychological Flexibility

Develop psychological flexibility and resilience

Cultivating mindfulness practices

Depression & Anxiety

Address symptoms of anxiety, depression and trauma

Performance Anxiety

Enhance athletic performance through acceptance, and embracing challenging moments

Chronic Illness and Pain

Managing chronic pain

Improving quality of life despite chronic health conditions

Personal Growth

Cultivate a present-focused mindset and awareness

Increase motivation and commitment to your life’s meaningful people and activities

Self-Compassion

Enhance self-understanding through a rich learning of your values, and how to use those values as a compass for navigating life’s challenges

The ACT Process

1. Defining Values
  • Clarifying Values: The therapist helps the client identify their core values—what matters most to them in life.
  • Value Exploration: Clients reflect on different areas of life (e.g., relationships, career, health) to determine their values.
2. Mindfulness Practice
  • Present-Moment Awareness: Clients learn mindfulness techniques to increase awareness of their thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations.
  • Acceptance: Emphasis is placed on accepting internal experiences without judgment or avoidance.
3. Identifying Fusion with Thoughts
  • Cognitive Defusion: Clients learn to observe their thoughts as mental events rather than absolute truths.
  • Detaching from Thoughts: Techniques are used to reduce the impact of negative thoughts and beliefs on behavior.
4. Committing to Actions
  • Setting Goals: Clients establish specific, measurable goals aligned with their identified values.
  • Action Planning: Strategies are developed to initiate and maintain behavior change consistent with these goals.
5. Experiencing Acceptance and Commitment
  • Experiential Exercises: Clients engage in experiential activities to practice acceptance, mindfulness, and committed actions.
  • Building Resilience: Challenges and setbacks are viewed as opportunities for growth and learning.
6. Reviewing and Reinforcing Progress
  • Feedback and Reflection: The therapist and client review progress towards goals and discuss insights gained.
  • Reinforcing Values and Commitments: Adjustments are made as needed to ensure ongoing alignment with values and goals.

By integrating mindfulness, values clarification, and behavior change strategies, ACT helps clients develop psychological flexibility and resilience in the face of life’s challenges.

Strive Counselling's Acceptance and Commitment Therapy empowers individuals to accept their inner experiences and take meaningful action to create a rich and fulfilling life. By integrating mindfulness, values clarification, and behavior change strategies, ACT helps clients develop psychological flexibility and resilience in the face of life's challenges.

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If you’re looking for a therapy that emphasizes acceptance, mindfulness, and values-based living, ACT can provide the tools and support you need. Reach out to us today to discover how Acceptance and Commitment Therapy can help you lead a more meaningful life.

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