Thrive Psychology

Acceptance Commitment Therapy

What is Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of therapy paralleling Buddhism, though is not religious in any way. Based on mindfulness techniques and value-oriented behaviours, ACT intervention focuses on accepting things that are out of an individual’s control, and taking action to improve and enrich one’s life.

Focusing on the development of psychological skills, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) uses mindfulness strategies to reduce the influence of difficult thoughts and feelings. Mindfulness involves the individual developing an attitude of curiosity and openness, and addressing their thoughts and feelings, while being fully present, aware and engaged in the moment.

The main focus of Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) is on life values and assisting the individual to clarify what is truly important and meaningful to them, followed by making the commitment to work towards these values.

What is Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) used to treat?

Acceptance Commitment Therapy is gaining increased support for its effectiveness as a form of short or long term therapy, predominantly in the treatment of a range of disorders including depression, anxiety, eating disorders and personality disorders.

ACT’s model of psychological rigidity (adapted from Hayes et al, 2006)

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