What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is one of the ‘third wave’ of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies. This means that while it’s based on traditional based on the same behavioural science as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), it makes use of advances in understanding about what we know is effective in psychological therapy.
Research has shown that ACT is effective for a wide range of psychological difficulties. It takes a very practical approach and gives you a good understanding of how your mind and emotions works – and most importantly, how to manage it so you can live the life you want to live!
ACT aims to improve our psychological flexibility. This means we can learn to accept that, as humans, we all experience pain sometimes. Yet, we can learn how we can live in the present moment and do the things that are important to us, without getting tangled in our complex thoughts, feelings and difficult experiences.
ACT teaches you mindfulness and acceptance skills alongside helping you to clarify your values and change your behaviour based on them. In short, it helps you to live the life you want to live, despite the difficulties you may be facing.
If you are interested, you can find out more about ACT here.
How can I learn ACT online?
ACT is a great therapy to learn online. ACT uses metaphors and exercises to teach us more about our minds and how to manage them. This makes for often fun and engaging online therapy sessions. As a trained and experienced ACT therapist, I use ACT techniques with many of my clients. I find ACT particularly helpful for my clients who are struggling with chronic stress and high levels of anxiety, though of course this depends on your individual circumstances.
If you are interested in learning more about ACT therapy, please get in touch to discuss how I could help.
I have also created an ACT therapy free online course for my Masters’ dissertation. Evaluation data showed that it improved anxiety levels for many people who completed it. You can request access by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.