Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

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 techniques:

Mindfulness:
Mindfulness teaches you to observe your thoughts rather than participate  in them.
By viewing  your thoughts from a spectator’s position, you can learn to separate your sense of who you are from what you think.

Acceptance:
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.

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