Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
The goal of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is to promote psychological flexibility: the ability
to be fully present in the moment and thus to adapt one’s behavior to the current situation while maintaining
one’s values. ACT promotes well-being while reducing psychological suffering by employing the following
Mindfulness teaches you to observe your thoughts rather than participate in them. By viewing your
thoughtsfrom a spectator’s position, you can learn to separate your sense of who you are from what you
When we try to avoid pain and suffering, the result is an increase in both. While avoidance may bring short-term
relief, it fails to provide a long-term effective solution to the psychological dilemmas we experience. Instead, we
must learn to accept our pain: by embracing experiences rather than attempting to change or fight against them,
the mind is free to focus on what you truly value and to consider the life you wish to lead.
Commitment and Values-based Living:
Psychological pain often leads us to put our lives on hold – we stop attending to what we believe and what we
value.The techniques taught through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy allow you to resume forward
movement and growth by helping you focus on what is most meaningful and of greatest value in your life.
Ultimately, you are encouraged to find the direction you want your life to go in, and live your life accordingly.
ACT is used to treat Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression and Eating Disorders.