Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, also referred to as the acronym ACT, is part of a group of therapies considered 'behaviour based'. Along with ACT, probably the most commonly recognised behaviour based therapy is CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

The key differences between CBT and ACT is that CBT works with you to change negative thoughts and their relationship with behaviours, whereas as ACT encourages the acceptance of thoughts – both positive and negative whilst helping you find a way to prioritise these in line with your own, personal, values.

At MHW we practice both CBT and ACT and we can help you identify, which therapy may be best suited for you.

ACT can be a powerful therapy for overcoming obstacles in life that you avoid. With the support of a therapist, who will provide a range of techniques and strategies, ACT encourages you to commit to working with your issues directly and that action brings positivity.

ACT utilises the acronyms FEAR and ACT to help illustrate core concepts of the approach.

FEAR, which represents aspects that contribute to problems consists of:

  • Fusion with your thoughts
  • Evaluation of experience
  • Avoidance of your experience
  • Reason-giving for your behaviour

And the remedy to these problems being to ACT:

  • Accept your reactions and be present
  • Choose a valued direction
  • Take action

The main outcome of ACT as a therapy is to foster 'psychological flexibility' in recognition that life will have its problems, ups and downs, and being flexible enables us to cope and progress.

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